On Saturday, we had a birthday party for her. We started off with a treasure hunt. The kids (7) had to solve 14 rhyming clues that I made up. They did really well in spite of occasional head-scratchings . Some clues were harder than others. They finally found the treasures (chocolate coins and their goodie bags filled with cool stuff and treats). After that, we played "charades." Each team had 14 words (summer-related) to act out. What a blast! Even Grandpa got into it giving answers left and right . Then it was time for yummies. We served fruit swirled cheesecakes (peach, lemon, strawberry, wild berry), raspberry Danish ring, Snickers ice cream, chocolate-covered ice cream bars, sundae cones, and ice cream sandwiches. Snacks included toffee nuts, variety of chips, cheese & crackers, pretzels, cocoa Chex mix, vanilla wafers, jellybeans, and chocolate mints. Next was time to open presents. The birthday girl received books, money, jewelry, Precious Moments figurine, socks, and sketch drawing supplies. We gave her an Elsie Dinsmore book (#2), a Laylie Colbert book (#1) (both are from a Life of Faith series), a DVD, The League of Grateful Sons, produced by Vision Forum (she has a strong interest in World War II), and $14 (every year we give her the amount that’s equal to her age). She has been saving money for college. I can’t believe my little girl is going to be a high-schooler this year. Okay..back to the party, lastly we played Whoonu (a Cranium game where you guess each other’s favorite things). This game is lots of fun and you get to know one another better. We discovered fun surprises even about ourselves when we have to decide which one we like more (eg. bookstores or chocolate cake?) Decisions…decisions…a dilemma for me !
Well, the birthday girl and I are going to make a chocolate chip cheesecake together to celebrate her actual birthday! Sweet treat for my sweet girl!