Allison’s 11th Birthday

My first-born had her birthday this week, and we celebrated with a camping-themed  party/ sleepover.

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There are times when I plan and plan for parties, and other times when the Lord gives me last-minute ideas just in time.  This party was the latter!  Everything seemed to come together at the last minute.  I am so grateful for a God who helps with minor details!

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We had two simple crafts; wood-burned necklaces and felt camp flags.  Due to the heat, we also opened up the pool.  I thought perhaps swimming would mean nobody would want to do crafts.  Thankfully, they all enjoyed both!

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After crafts and dinner, the kids made their way back into the pool, so that is where we blew out candles and enjoyed cake!

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For the first time, I didn’t do our normal routine while opening presents; have Allison sit in the birthday chair, have each kid come up one at a time with their presents, take pictures, etc.  (I couldn’t find my camera!)

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Once most of the guests left, our four sister friends stayed the night with us.  We had been trying to plan a sleepover with them for months and months — finally, this worked!

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The girls even stayed in the tent all night.  (I, on the other hand, kept waking up worried they were cold!)

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Morning campfires; the best!

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Daniel blessed us with his awesome fluffy waffles, fruit, and sausages.

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Unfortunately, I wasn’t around in the morning — I had a Bible Study that I was facilitating.  But, apparently the kids had a blast doing their own “improv,” and swimming again.  Such precious friends… I wish they lived closer!

Happy birthday, my sweet Allison!  I love hanging out with my special 11 year old!

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