Yes, her birthday was almost a month ago but I figured I'd better it recorded before Lucy's birthday takes over in a couple weeks.
I wrote all the stuff I love about her and posted her 13-year-old pictures on the big day back here, but here's what actually happened:
Super healthy breakfast-of-her-choice followed by some gifts...
Her posse of girls came and surprised her before school with some beautiful cupcakes:
(Her friend Makenna made them "French" because they are both pining away to get to France some day.)
She blew out doughnut candles.
Love these girls so much. I couldn't ask for better friends for my daughter.
They made her wear this stuff for part of the day at school:
That smile tells me she didn't seem to mind...
And seriously, what is a birthday without the traditional candy bar birthday poster?
Claire looks pleased as punch about that, don't you think?
That evening we did the traditional cake float (click here and here to find out why the heck we do this cake float thing...)
These next two pictures made me laugh:
They went from the above to the below lickety-split.
(It's amazing how quick my kids will snap into shape when they know cake is on the line. They are suckers for sugar.)They had to shimmy over to the water so the breeze wouldn't blow out the candles.
Obviously we were a little lazy about the float this year and we didn't have much around to help us keep it above water. It got a tad wet but a hey, little chlorine never hurt anything.
We love having Josh help celebrate birthdays around here.
So there you have it: she's a teenager. And we love her.