Happy 17th Birthday to the girl that made me a mother.
How do I have a 17 year old?
And how do I get SO lucky to have HER as my amazing daughter?
Cadence's birthday was on a late start day this year so she got to get up later & enjoy her birthday breakfast without having to rush off at 6am for seminary. It was really nice.
For her birthday breakfast she wanted homemade crepes (I'm getting good at crepes), raspberries, & heart shaped ding dongs to celebrate.
Cadence's crepe was filled with Nutella & fresh strawberries & bananas. Yum.
After breakfast we opened up presents from family.
|My friend Nancy sent her some fun shoes & clothes|
for her birthday.
|Opa & Oma gave her a beautiful new dress &|
some new markers.
Grandma K. gave her a lovely card with $10. Mimi & Baba sent her a face mask & an adorable sweatshirt. Justin & Cari gave her an amazon gift card, & Auntie Char put some money into her college fund. Trek & I got her "Words Of Radiance," the 2nd book in the Stormlight Archives, & her brothers & sisters got her a pink controller for the Nintendo Switch.
For her birthday party this year (YAY. We're back doing parties again!) she wanted a Stranger Things themed party. However, she wanted it to be more of a hangout rather than a planned party. She's getting to the age where hanging out is SO much more fun than mom planning games & I totally get that. But I still got to decorate & serve Stranger Things themed food.
I made a huge Eggo Waffle bar where the kids could eat as many Eggo waffles as they wanted (I made over 100) topped with butter, syrup, fruit, whipped cream, sprinkles, whatever they wanted.
They seemed to enjoy it. Never underestimate how much food a teenager can eat. Some of those boys were eating EIGHT waffles!!! I'm SO glad I made over 100.
The majority of the party happened upstairs & I didn't want to bother them so I didn't take any pictures when they were up there, but I took a few whenever they found themselves on the 1st floor. They played a killer game of spoons, had a Nintendo Switch Smash Brothers tournament, sang some hilarious karaoke, sat around a guitar singing, & just hung out. It was really chill & fun. They all seemed to enjoy themselves.
Cadence really wanted an ice cream cake this year, so I ran to Baskin Robbins & was able to get her a chocolate cake / chocolate ice cream cake.
Canyon helped her blow out the candles.
We had teens coming & going all night long. I think we had a grand total of 25 at one point. It was crazy fun having so many great kids around. My girls have the best friends ever here. We love them so much.
The day after her party, we did a big birthday dinner for Cadence. She opted for Hawaiian Haystacks, peas, & ALL the toppings.
Happiest of birthdays to my sweet grown up girl. May this year bring as much happiness to you as you've brought to me in my life.
I love you.