Friday, August 31, 2012

Twelve!

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Those who have been following my blog for a little while know that my daughter BeachPea takes her birthday very seriously.

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She's been counting down to her birthday since day 103.

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This year we told her we'd take her to the American Girl store in Atlanta for her birthday.  She was beyond thrilled and she and her sisters immediately pulled out their dolls for playtime and to get spruced up for the big day.

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And she caught up on some of her American Girl reading.  Six books in three days, actually.

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Finally the big day came.  It was an all-girls trip, and talk about having a van-full of ex.cit.ed girls when we pulled up to the mall.

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Thanks to a very generous Aunt April and Uncle Jim, we have one American Girl doll in the family (Carribear's).  But the other girls brought their "pauper" dolls from Target, and were happy window shopping around the store.

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But when Grandma Diane, who came from Florida to meet us at the store, surprised BeachPea by tellling her she could pick out the doll of her choice from the store, she was nearly over the moon with excitement.

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Another hug for a very beloved grandma.

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After shopping, we went to the American Girl Bistro.  Too cute y'all.  They bring seats, cups, plates, and menus for the dolls, too.

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Good food, too.

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It was a magical (once-in-a-lifetime) experience.

On the way out of the mall, we were accosted by a hair product salesman.  He insisted on curling the girls' hair, and on straightening mine.  Of course, we had to give in.  And yes, we walked away with a brand new straightener (thank you again, Grandma!).  So as soon as we got back to the hotel, we of course had to have a styling session with our new toy.
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The guy at the booth somehow made beautiful curls with the straightener.  We still haven't figured out how to do that yet.  But I am thrilled that I can finally get a brush through my crazy Hermoine pregnancy hair.  Yippee!

After enjoying complementary spring rolls and salad at the hotel, we went to The Cheesecake Factory for birthday desserts....
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BeachPea got the biggest strawberry shortcake ever.

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She was so excited...

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...especially with the extra whipped cream.

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The rest of us stuffed ourselves with ice cream sundaes and cheesecake.  Oh mama.

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Afterwards we rolled ourselves out of the restaurant and returned to the hotel for more styling fun,

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and snuggle time with new and old dollies.

The next day was BeachPea's actual birthday, so she woke up to a decorated (in pink of course) hotel room.
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And more fun with dolls.

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Then downstairs for a continental breakfast.

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Then back up for present time!

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Then a quick dip in the hotel pool...
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After a sad goodbye to Grandma, we drove home to see the movie Brave with the rest of the family (loved it!)

Then back home to have another party with our family on the farm....

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Hugs for the party guests.

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And more strawberry shortcake.

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We officially gave BeachPea one of the kittens to keep as her own.  Her favorite, Tigger.
(The other kids also got kittens as party favors :)).

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And then it was on to more presents...

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Little sister watches the excitement.

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A new pink guitar from Grumpy!

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BeachPea said it was the best two-day birthday celebration ever.

I have to agree, because I had a great time, too!


But now I'm off to take a long summer's nap. Whew!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Life Lately...

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garden fun

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doll time fun

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school fun (camouflage experiment with M&Ms)

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fun with geography at Sheppard Software online

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cheer fun

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And of course, kitty fun

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