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A special girl turns sweet sixteen 4842 miles away from home

My birthday is in the middle of July which meant I was always out of school and most of my friends were away and so was I, which meant that my party usually was a “mom and me” thing, usually somewhere in Europe, or where ever we were that July.

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Although I don’t have any feelings of being lonely, I did feel a teensy bit sorry for our lovely visiting girl turning sweet sixteen away from her family and, as there were only seven girls in her tour, we decided to have a birthday party and invite the whole bunch for a spaghetti supper, cake and a viewing of Pirates of the Caribbean (Ayaka’s favorite movie).

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Morgan, being “one of the girls” picked a chair and resolutely refused to leave the party. Each time I shooed her off she circled the table and jumped right back on her chair.

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I can’t tell you how wonderful it was to have a mass of giggling, laughing teens here and I think the energy was really good for the spirit of the house especially after the disaster and during the full-swing-ahead renovations. I’m sure I would have had the same fun on a baja party bus, but this was quite wonderful as well.

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Little prezzies were given and received,

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The cake was lit and brought in to much cheer and applause. A very loud and rousing Happy Birthday was sung and the candles were blown out.


And everyone was settled under comfy quilts in the library to watch their movie.

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A lovely evening and wonderful memories were made today. Memories of a sweet sixteen, a first time alone away from home, a first time in a foreign country, and of good, loving friends.

Comments: 12

  • March 4, 2013

    Veronica, you really know how to throw a party!! I love how you took a photo of the girls through the window instead of trying to get a candid at some crazy angle in the house–perfect!! And tiaras are so special, I’m sure the birthday girl was very appreciative. Thank you for the smiles and happy heart 🙂

  • March 4, 2013

    This so wonderful photos and so a beautiful, please stop on my blog solo sailing around the world

  • March 5, 2013

    So lovely! You did a good thing.

  • Patrice

    March 6, 2013

    Wow. Veronica that’s so great! Thank you for doing that, It will be a special memory for all the girls. I loved reading the story with the pictures.

  • March 6, 2013

    What a wonderful birthday for her to remember always, especially with the pictures that captured it all.

  • March 17, 2013

    Whar a beautiful thing you did for this girl. She will hold memories of this special day the rest of her life I’m sure

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