ZJ said her birthday was perfect! HAPPINESS! I've been working so hard on Doug's project, but, I'd been preparing for ZJ's birthday since January as well. She was thrilled with her gifts... her own cellphone, lots of art supplies, girly stuff and Frozen. She was very happy! I believe we are the only family in America who has not seen Frozen. Mostly because there were only two times we were all free to all go together since the holidays and we decided on other things at the time. (I'd thought we could go while Liza was here but the funeral changed that.) The girls know the whole soundtrack already and were very happy. We'll be watching it tonight!
ZJ and I talked about her request for waffles and realized that waffles would mean no one wanted cake after a sweet dinner. Since ZJ wanted the B's over for cake and ice cream, yesterday afternoon, she requested Chuckarama instead. We don't do Chuckarama. It's outrageously priced and I don't care for buffets. BUT. It's ZJ's birthday, not mine. He biggest concern was making everyone happy. So, we went and the kids were thrilled to eat till their hearts content (I'm sure they made no profit on Quayd!) then we came home, had the treasure hunt and cake with Connie and the B's. It was a good night.
Here's a few pix from ZJ's birthday...
Before school, ZJ got up an extra hour early to curl her hair, then laid down because she had an extra hour and woke up to no curls, which was disappointing to her, but I think she looks adorable curls, frizz, straight or in a pony! She does look 13 though! Stop that, Zeej!
The first clue, which was stuck on the front door, led her to the basement window well, where a "Rodent of Unusual Size" (a muskrat) was found when she was just a toddler. While we were at dinner, Christie, her Young Womens Leader, texted a message that she'd left a gift between the front door and the storm door. I mentioned in my return text the treasure hunt could begin with her gift and a clue. Christie texted back, "I was wondering what the "rodent of unusal size" post-it note was on your front door." Too funny! We never thought of that!
This clue was a little harder... something about where the girly girl stuff "hangs out".
As you can see, Doug's got my iPad, Skyping with Liza and Aylabelle, so that they could be at the party with us.
Another "hanging" clue that ZJ had no trouble finding. This was her phone and I think she knew it the minute she found the box. That's her "Nana" impression.
She's seen this sweater/hoodie at Aerepostle a month ago and hadn't forgotten it.
No explanation needed here!
Opening Aunt Connie's card/gift.
I think that this was my favorite moment of the day. Doug and I were getting ready to light the candles, I noticed the girls, deeply in conversation, Grace teaching ZJ how to do things with the phone. We bought them both the identical phones, so that no one felt phone envy. The fact that ZJ got hers at 13, instead of 15 like Quayd and Grace, was not a problem at all. Grace was happy for her sis to have her own!
Make a wish! ZJ is such a pleaser. She couldn't decide where to eat dinner so Chuckarama, so that everyone could get something they like. She did the same thing with her cake, wanting everyone to like it. (Quayd's not a big chocolate fan. Doug's granolaman.) We ended up making the banana bars for her cake.
After treats, the adults came into the living room. (Now, I can't say "kids" anymore, I'm informed that I have to say, "Teens in the kitchen." Miki kept entertained by playing fetch with Go-Go for the whole time we visited. I'm not sure who loved it more, Miki or Go-Go!
Just before bedtime, we had to take the tradition ZJ/Doug daddy/daughter picture. ZJ is definitely Daddy's girl.
I love birthdays! I love traditions! This morning, I'm happy to announce that Doug's project is only one step from bring gift-wrapped and put aside until his birthday next week! Now, that the gift is done, it's time to get busy on his celebration!
One last request, please keep Grace in your prayers as she will be having four impacted wisdom teeth removed tomorrow morning before the sun shines. Thanks!
Life is good!
Make time to do what makes your soul happy!