Posted by: bartandannie | September 19, 2008

Un feliz cumpleaños…

Hi everyone,

I really enjoyed receiving your birthday messages yesterday (notes on our blog, emails, phone calls, and even a special birthday video from friends and family in Kansas City). Thanks for remembering me as I turned 31…one year older and one year wiser 🙂

Though Annie and I could not celebrate with family and friends in the U.S., the project staff and our neighbors ensured that this birthday would be memorable for many years to come. For example, by 5:30 a.m. yesterday, the project staff had already serenaded us, set off two dozen fireworks, and doused me with cold water as if my team had just won the Super Bowl. I think that everyone was still in a very festive mood since they had just celebrated their national independence day on September 15th.

 Thanks once again for remembering my birthday. Enjoy the pictures and video below.

 Mil gracias,
Bart

Our friend, Santos, brought Bart a birthday cake. It was delicious!

Our friend, Santos, brought Bart a birthday cake. It was delicious!

 

Miriam and Jesus serenade Bart at 5 a.m.

Miriam and Jesus serenade Bart at 5 a.m.

Luis tries to get Bart with a bucket of cold water (a Honduran tradition).

Luis tries to get Bart with a bucket of cold water (a Honduran tradition).

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rosie, project sewing instructor, gives Bart a bouquet of wild flowers for this birthday.

Rosie, project sewing instructor, gave Bart a bouquet of wild flowers for his birthday.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Students from the project sewing class gave Bart a leather wallet.

Students from the project sewing class gave Bart a leather wallet.

 
Project staff put icing on Bart's face as he tried to cut the cake.

Bart gets icing on his face while cutting the cake. (Another Honduran tradition!)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Annie cut the cake after receiving an icing-laden kiss from Bart.

Annie cut the cake after receiving an icing-laden kiss from Bart.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Bart thanks Antonia, the project cook, for her gift.

Bart thanks Antonia, the project cook, for her gift.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Miriam, her son, Angel Enrique, Bart, Annie, Santos, and Cindy share an italian-style spaghetti dinner to finish out the birthday celebrations.

Miriam, her son, Angel Enrique, Bart, Annie, Santos, and Cindy share an italian-style spaghetti dinner to finish out the birthday celebrations.

 
 
 
 
(Above) A video of Bart’s traditional Honduran birthday party.
(Below) The Happy Birthday video from Annie’s family and the Kansas City CFCA office.
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Responses

  1. I absolutely loved the video! I’m sure it was difficult being away from you family for your birthday but it looks like you had a blast. What a memorable day! Happy birthday!!!

  2. Bart
    WE LOVED THE VIDEO. It looks like they really know how to celebrate birthdays in Honduras.
    It’s great to see all the pictures and hear how your 31st birthday went. What a memorable day.

    Here’s to many more!

    Love you guys
    Mom and Dad

  3. Bart,
    Looks like you had a very memorable day. I love your birthday hat. We had fun celebratinig your birthday for you. We hope you are well and we miss you guys. Love, The Haakes

  4. Happy Birthday Bart!! Hi to Annie. It will be nice to see you soon at Emily’s wedding.

  5. Happy Birthday Bart! Hope all is well!


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