On July 1, Lauren became a teenager. Wow! It goes slow in the day-to-day, but looking back, I can't believe we are at this point. She will be starting junior high in the fall at a new school. She got a Facebook account for her Birthday. Soon, she will have her first cell phone. All the while, I am feeling very old and unequipped for this stage!!
We started her special day with her choice of breakfast:
French Toast and of course, coffee!
For the afternoon, she had the opportunity to go swimming with a friend. While she was gone, Abby and I got to work decorating for her party.
Lauren's nickname is "Lolly" so we gave out "Lolly Pop" to the girls.
The color scheme was aqua, purple and neon green with some zebra print thrown in.
Not sure if you can see, but we had One Direction plates.
She is a big fan!
Abby created this gift opening area.
Once the girls arrived, we headed out for pizza
Then, we did a round of Putt-Putt golf
The whole crew
These girls cracked me up.
Lots of opportunities for pictures
In case you can't tell, they chose the "Wild Kingdom" golf course
Lauren's favorite animal is a lion
After mini golf, we came home to open gifts.
Zebra ice cream cake
(vanilla cake colored green and death by chocolate ice cream)
Happy Birthday, Lauren
Ipods and cell phones
Lauren made her famous Fraps from her secret recipe for breakfast
I was pleased with the outcome of the zebra pancakes
We love you, Lolly!
I really can't believe that I am wishing you a happy 13th Birthday. My baby girl is becoming a young lady. I love watching you become who you were created to be. Your love for soccer has only grown stronger. You are my little chef as you cook favorite recipes and create new ones on your own. You are beautiful. You are kind. You are funny. You have a gentle spirit about you. You are giving. You are always willing to share with those around you. I love seeing you seek after God. You are ready to really make your faith your own and live your life with that in mind. Trust the voice of God in your life to guide you in tough decisions, especially when it is different than what the world is saying to you. You are strong enough to say no. You are smart enough to choose for yourself. You are beautiful enough to set your standards high. You are valuable and worthy. I love you, Lolly. I believe in you! Welcome to the teenage years!!