"Being a family means you are part of something wonderful. It means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life. No matter what." ~Author Unknown

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Sweet Sixteen

It’s old news, and yet it still feels new.  Adrienne is driving.  Like by herself, legally!  She dedicates herself to dance and has given up many things over the years, including celebrating her birthday. This year we were determined to make sure it didn’t go unnoticed.  We did it up right!

Her birthday fell on Saturday, so it ended up being an all weekend celebration.  On Friday she had her road test.  I have to admit, I was nervous for awhile.  She had to pass the parking before she could go on with the rest of the test.  She passed literally by the skin of her teeth.  All’s well that ends well though!



Mark sent me a text that morning to make sure we were ready. 


We’re awesome parents like that. 

The important thing to note here, is that she PASSED!!!  This put her friend Allison out of a job, as she’s been driving Adrienne for the last 2 years.  Luckily she’s a good friend and brought her balloons anyway!


You might be able to see that most of these were filled with glitter.  Which was awesome.  Kinda.  Until one popped in the kitchen.  Oh, and about half popped in the car on the way to her b-day party.  It looked like a unicorn projectile vomited in the back of my car.  We were happy at least some of them made it to Lucky’s for the party. 


The party was 2 hours of bowling and food, and one hour of games and dessert with 14 of her best buddies. 



Yes, they all look alike.  Long hair, no bangs, black leggings.  The addition of bowling shoes just adds to the madness.

My friend Beth made the cake pops, which were a huge hit.  They look so unique compared to a cake! 







These are the parents of a 16 year old.  I can’t help but think what this will look like in 10 years when we’re doing this for Sof.  Scary…

It was an awesome night, and I was so happy we did it.  There was a cheer competition the next morning, so sadly she woke up to an empty house on her 16th birthday.  Although, isn’t that what every 16 year old wants anyway?  Between cheer and dance, it was about 10:00 at night before I actually laid eyes on her.  We stood in the kitchen and opened a few gifts before retreating to bed.


The next day we celebrated her and Ethan with friends and family.





There’s a lot of history here.  These 2 started our broad.  They introduced us to mommy and me classes, play groups, and new traditions.  It’s mind boggling really.







We don’t need much of a reason to have a party, but these two deserve to be celebrated.  They are both great kids, and ready for the responsibility of this milestone.

PB165478 Dear Adrienne,

I could go on forever about how proud I am of you, but I’ll spare you the embarrassment.  I have loved every stage(well maybe not every stage) of your development, but I don’t pine over the lost preschool days or Gymboree wearing days.  I love being your mom right now, in this stage.  You are looked up to by your sisters and nieces, and driving them to cool places will only enhance your rock star status with them.  You have many talents and accomplishments.  I hope you always strive for success in life, but stay humble and grounded.  I love you very much!


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