dd’s birthday weekend

It was quite a weekend for DD. She turned eleven on Friday at 8:01 a.m. 🙂 Off to school with cupcakes, then after school prep for her birthday party sleepover. We rearranged the library furniture, set out all the snacks, and rented a few movies.

At suppertime, DD opened the box that came in the mail from her sister. Eight little gifts, all wrapped in pretty tissue paper. She had a lot of fun opening those.

gifts from sis

Then it was party time. Of course, you can’t get six eleven-year-olds to all sit still at the same moment in time…

can't get 'em all to sit still at the same time

Amidst the piles of sleeping bags, pillows and overnight bags, they found room to play Apples to Apples, one of our favorite games.

apples to apples

I think it was about 3:30 a.m. before the last party girl fell asleep. They were tired, but they had fun! By 10 a.m. Saturday, the girls had been picked up by parents and we spent a good part of the day resting and watching a movie. DD had a basketball team party that evening, which DH took her to. I stayed home and recovered. 🙂

Sunday afternoon, Aunt Genny and DS and his wife came to celebrate DD’s birthday. This marks the end of an era for us. For almost thirty years we’ve had at least one child under the age of eleven. No longer.

an era ends

Aunt Genny’s gift was the donation of a pig to a family in China in DD’s name. She gave DD a bookmark with pictures on it to remind her of how much the gift will impact the life of that family. Another favorite gift was this Abe Lincoln chomper from DS and DDIL. He nibbled on everything all evening, including this rubber duckie.

Abe eats a rubber duckie

Niko received some special attention during the party.

Niko enjoys special attention

We played Apples to Apples, then put together the Illinois puzzle she received from her brother and SIL.

puzzle pieces

1000 pieces! It took about three and a half hours to put together. A lot of fun! And we learned a lot about Illinois in the process.

finished puzzle

After the puzzle was done, dismantled, and back in the box, we had pizza. A fun evening, and a good ending to the birthday weekend. Poor DD was dragging this morning, after three late nights in a row, but managed to get ready for school without fuss. Hopefully, we’ll have an early bedtime this evening!

~~Rhonda 🙂


  1. genny
    Posted February 10, 2009 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    That was one great birthday weekend !

  2. ~~Rhonda
    Posted February 10, 2009 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    So glad you were able to come! Wonder how you got away without getting your picture taken! 😀

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