Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Twelve Delayed

Pen turned 12 on Saturday. I find it a little hard to believe, but it's true. Rophone had to work all day on her birthday (he had to leave the house at about 5:30 am and didn't get home until 11:30 pm), so we decided to wait until we could all be together to celebrate. Pen was bummed not to see her dad on her big day, but was cool about waiting. She really wanted everyone to be there. Since Rophone had to work Sunday, too, and Pen had school followed by ballet on Monday, that meant that Tuesday was when it would have to be. 

She did manage to do something fun on her birthday, though. She loves going to the library with friends, so I suggested she invite a few friends to go to the library with her for a few hours. I sent them with cupcakes to eat before they went in, and the friends brought gifts, so I guess that I managed to throw her a birthday party with no real work on my part. Not the way such things usually go, so bonus for me. 

Tuesday finally arrived (I'm sure Pen felt like it took forever), and it just so happened that the kids had an odd day off school. Rophone took the day off work, too, so we managed to spend the whole day celebrating Pen's birthday as a family. It was a lot of fun.

For breakfast I made a sausage and egg strata/casserole that Pen had been wanting to try. She really loved it, although I don't think my attempt at trying to make it healthier by using chicken sausage will be repeated. Not with that chicken sausage anyway. 

After lunch, we headed to the bookstore as a family where Pen was able to spend a gift card one of her friends had given her. We all had a grand time. I am so glad that all of my kids have such a great appreciation for books.

Dinner was Pen-requested burritos. We were all glad that she requested them, since it's been too long since I have made them. They really are too good to go so long without. Rophone just might request them again for his birthday next month.

When dinner was finished, we let Pen start in on her presents. The 'Hunger Games' boxed set was a big hit.

Of course, the underwear was, too. I have well rounded children.

You probably can't guess who picked out the paper for the next one...

Pen loved all of her gifts and, not surprisingly, was anxious to move on to the cake and ice cream.

We were impressed that she managed to get them out with one blow. I mean, considering that it was just a few years ago that she made it look like I was using trick candles when I wasn't. Way to be full of hot air, Pen!

It really ended up being an enjoyable and fun birthday. Well I think it did, anyway. I don't know what Pen's favorite part was, but I know that mine was this lovely card Ginger made for Pen:

I found the back of it to be especially touching. 

Ahhhh. The love of sisters. Happy Birthday, Pen!


janeannechovy said...

This is completely awesome. I laughed out loud when I saw that truck paper. When I chatted with her briefly on Saturday and she told me of her library plans, I said, "That is so you!"

You didn't mention that she also had a long chat with her cousin Newton on Skype. I was upstairs, so didn't catch much other than that they were on there for a long time (~45 minutes?), and Newton demonstrated his latest piano pieces. Warmed my heart.

The Laundry Queen said...

I hate to say it, JA, but it was a much more heart-warming Skype chat from a distance. At first it was like a 7th grade dance, and then it just got silly. Surely I was never like that. ; )

Tamsen said...

That card is hilarious!

Glad she had a great celebration. Twelve!!!

carmar76 said...

that card is so sweet & i'm happy to hear her birthday(s) went well! : )

and also, now i want cake. heh

John R said...

It sounds and looks like everything was really great. We will be there for the next one. What a great time to go to the library and then have a party too. Good pictures! Great wrapping paper, good cake and very nice card from Ginger.

jww said...

That sounds like an awesome celebration!! Exactly like I'd like to spend birthdays. (I'm always tempted to take my kids out of school on their birthdays!) I know what you mean about the appreciation for books--mine are willing to spend every last dime they have at the school book fair. The cake looks gorgeous, too! I LOVE the card!! I L-O-V-E the card!! That is perfect! SOOO funny!

SassyMama said...

Happy Birthday., Pen!!!