Today Older Daughter turned sixteen! Where HAVE the years gone?
We bought a cake for her a few days ago at Costco, pre-made exactly as you see it. The woman who checked us out took a look at the cake and asked, "Is this for an office party or do you really have a birthday?" I smiled and replied, "We really have a birthday. Our oldest is turning sixteen." It just tickles me pink to have a Christmas child.
Since our weekly potluck was held at our house this week, we had a gathering of neighbors to offer our daughter birthday wishes.
Whoosh! All the candles out in one blow!
In town I saw a car with this highly appropriate bumper sticker:
For a birthday present, Older Daughter wanted to go to a movie theater in Coeur d'Alene with some friends and see a movie, so we did.
Her chosen movie was the latest Sherlock Holmes flick, which they all said was excellent.
While the kids were at the movies, I spent a pleasant couple of hours in a coffee shop around the corner doing some writing on my laptop. Then afterward, I took the kids to a Pizza Hut in an attempt to satisfy those teenage appetites.
Movies in theaters and pizza in a restaurant are rare-to-the-point-of-nonexistent novelties in our family, so this was a treat indeed. Altogether I believe Older Daughter had a very happy birthday!