Claire was certain that Max's mission call got moved back a week JUST so that he could be with her on her birthday. It was last week (HERE).
Let's talk about how it all went down.
Traditional early-morning breakfast before school:
I snagged her from school and we went out to lunch.
Apparently it was the best birthday ever. All her friends remembered and sent her home with the most thoughtful, sweet things:
Friends "chalked" our driveway before she left for school:
Let's see if we can get a better look at that...
There we go.
Her cousin brought her over a little treat...
The Young Women her age "heart attacked" our front door:
One of the reasons Claire was so over-the-moon that Max would still be here for her birthday was that she was so dang excited to go to the temple (you get to start going when you turn twelve), and she wanted SO much to be there with him.
So she made sure to have her interview and be all prepared so that she'd be ready to go with us all on the very day of her birthday.
Lucy stayed with my brother's family and the rest of us headed to that wonderful place.
Claire's excitement was tangible. Made my excitement pretty tangible too.
As we were leaving we ran into this cute girl who was leaving the very same day to the very same mission with Max.
We basked in the glow of that beautiful place for a few minutes...
Because where else do you celebrate a spiritual high comparable to Texas Roadhouse?? Ha!
We came home for cake and ice cream:
...and then had our Claire-birthday-tradition DANCE PARTY.
I don't know how in Heaven's name we forgot our traditional cheek-kissing picture in all that hoopla, but I'll have to add those asap.
I think it's safe to say though, even without the cheek-kissing dealio (ha!) that that birthday of hers was well-celebrated.
I just still can't believe that little sweetie-pie golden-girl of mine is twelve.