I thought E.'s Fan Club might like to hear more about her 16th Birthday Extravaganza! First, and most importantly, it was great fun to have both sets of grandparents visiting us for a couple of days. That was the most special part of her birthday.
We had the traditional Opening of the Birthday Gifts as soon as everyone in the house was up. Like most teens, E. was quite happy to receive some money and gift cards, as well as a new ipod and some dvds. Also, some pencils. Don't ask.
For her celebratory lunch, E. chose our favorite pizza place, The Mellow Mushroom. A couple of E.'s favorite people in the world (outside of biologically-related people) joined us for lunch (Hi, T. and P.!). Afterward, we went back to our house for cake. E.'s birthday cake had a photo of our basset hound, Annie Armstrong, on it (E.'s choice). Someone remarked that it was so cute we probably had trouble eating it...not really :).
I put the same photo on the birthday girl's flag by copying it onto t-shirt transfer paper, ironing it on one of my old t-shirts, cutting it out, and then sewing the patch on the flag.
E.'s choice for the afternoon's entertainment was to see the movie How To Train Your Dragon. It's a rare treat for our family to go to the movie theater; do you know how much tickets and snacks cost these days?!? It was a cute movie and I'm sure we'll be buying it when it comes out on dvd.
All in all, a sweet, family-oriented celebration...just what the birthday girl wanted.