I think Lindsey had a good 13th Birthday. All Lindsey wanted for her birthday was baking supplies and cake decorating lessons. So, that is what she got. She was really sweet and let Hailey open all her gifts and I wasn't smart enough to snap some pictures. She had school and then soccer practice that night. I brought donuts to the end of her practice, which I think the girls loved.
Lindsey, Bella, Beth & Makenna
She came home from practice and her sweet friends called and asked if they could come over. They had been working for hours on a cake for Lindsey. It was so sweet and so cute of them to do that.
Lindsey, Grace, Addy & Sierra
The weekend after her birthday, we did her birthday party. We had decided to do a Glow-in-the-Dark party, which worked out great. I knew I didn't want 20 hyper-screaming preteens in my house, so having it in the dark at the park was perfect.
Lindsey really, really wanted to play a version of "fugitive" where you drop a group of kids off in the neighborhood and they have to find their way back to the park. I wasn't willing to be responsible for something like that (Lindsey has a really mean mom!) and felt that we should all stay together at the park. Lindsey was a really good sport about it - even though she was extremely disappointed.
This is the cute invitation that Kelsi designed for me....
It was still light when the kids arrived. I had ordered some crazy amount of glow bracelets (like 1300), so we let them all make any accessories they wanted. Some took a lot of time and were really creative.
Bella, Emri, Hannah & Olivia
Jessica, Megan, Grace & Addy
We had also found some glow-in-the-dark paint, so they could paint a little wooden box to take home.
Hailey is all about a good craft project!
Kate & Lilly
Jessica & Sierra
Jack really got into making as many glowing things as possible. He was a good sport to be there with all those girls (and Jon and my brother Mike).
The group: R1: Lilly, Lenaya, Emma, Malena, Addy, Emri, Hannah, Beth & Delaney
R2: Sarah, Grace, Brea, Olivia, Jessica, Megan, Lindsey, Bella, Eve & Sierra
Not pictured: Zoey & Alyssa (they had car problems, but got there shortly after)
Then the night games started. Jon (Bless him!) took charge of most of these. We had a balloon game where they had to put a glow stick in a balloon, blow it up and keep it up in the air while trying to knock down other's balloons. They played Jon's version of fugitive and played some capture the flag.
At the end of the party, we had dessert and Lindsey opened her gifts.
She has great friends and it was fun to have them all run around like crazy in the dark at the park!
Happiest Birthday to a wonderful teenager!