One evening last week we went from me telling Lucy I thought we should hold off on birthday parties until she turned 12 me helping her make an invitation to invite 23 girls over that Saturday (we were going to be out of town on her birthday).
We thought those emojis were pretty appropriate considering the texts she writes filled to the brim with them to everyone under the sun.
I’m a sucker. But honestly, what do you do when your daughter has a whole rough draft written out:
…and has been working her tail off on things like this all week:
…oh, and sending everyone texts about it.
That girl likes her birthday I tell you!
So we invited those girls over and all but two of them showed up and sure made that girl of mine feel pretty special.
Our favorite kind of drawing station:
(One person does the head, one does the body and one does the legs/feet without looking at what everyone else drew…a good FHE activity I talked about back HERE.)
We opened presents:
Did some swimming:
And of course, had “cake”…Lucy opted for hot cookies and ice cream this year…
We are so lucky to have so many awesome kids and families in our “corner” who take Lucy under their wings and are so kinds. She got invited to another birthday party that night and I didn’t realize until after we left out to dinner with some friends that it was a night scavenger hunt. I froze. Lucy can’t do things at night. She would hold the whole group back. I told my friend (the one throwing the party) I’d come back to get her right away. But she texted right back and told me not to worry at all, and that she’d stick with Lucy. I was so conflicted…lots of conflicts these days with what that girl can and can’t do. I don’t ever want to cause others to slow down, especially at a birthday party, but my friend was pretty adamant that they’d be just fine. And she was. When I got there to pick her up later on in the evening she was in the middle of a circle of the cutest girls busting out some pretty crazy dance moves with the biggest smile on her face….matching all of theirs. And something about that just made me so happy. How did she get so lucky? How did WE get so lucky?
For her actual birthday, which was conference weekend, we were in California. My friends had a little retreat there earlier in the week and we still had the place for the weekend so we decided to meet up there (the girls came separately and Dave met us there directly from China). It was a little bit of a logistical puzzle but we made it!
We didn’t have a lot of the things we regularly do on Conference weekend so we improvised.
We made our own “conference bingo” cards:
Let’s get a better look at Claire’s paper towel wrapping paper and lined-paper-made-into-a-bow.
Pretty creative I have to say.
We used Grace’s blanket as our tablecloth:
But you know what? We loved it.
Lucy was pleased as punch about those make-shift gifts:
She listened to conference better than ever.
The girls made a “tent” for Lucy’s birthday camping tradition:
It was a conference weekend we’ll always remember.
After it was over, we went on a little family walk.
(Lu was bugged by some itchiness in that last picture 😉
And then went to have Lucy’s favorite…pulled pork sandwiches for dinner.
Elle sent her a little video and Max sent her a sweet letter and all in all, I think that girl of ours felt pretty celebrated.
We love you Lucy!