Tuesday, March 29, 2011

{eleven} let the celebrating begin

we have much to catch up on.  for now, it will have to wait.  my baby.  my firstborn.  my joy.

my heart.

is turning eleven.

eleven.

*sigh*

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she decided to celebrate with friends.  a little early.  because when you can milk a week's worth of celebrations... why not, right?  ;)

we all just... click.  time goes by quickly when we're together.  so we were all excited to indulge nator's request.

the festivities began with lunch at one of her favorite restaurants.
 
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then our friends followed us home for a day of laughs, conversation, trampoline jumpin', water sprinklin', moon-sand makin', mini-pool, goggle-wearin', bubble wand, candle blowin', brownies, strawberries, double chocolate -cheesecake factory- birthday fun.

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good times.

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then daddy made his 'famous grilled chicken' and steak.  oh my.  his best yet.

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and, yes, i had to show you the cheesecake again.  you, too, can find one at your local super-tarjet.  you're welcome.  nator has already made plans to have the 'original' cheesecake flavor for her birthday next year.  we're all looking forward to it.

gotta get my girl's birthday gift and balloons set up before she wakes.  she's getting ruthie {american girl}.  shhhhhhhh...  dad picked it up for her while in dallas.  he brought along his boss and co-worker.  *giggle*  if only i had a picture of that.

we gals will be painting the town purple today.  nator's favorite color, of course.  she has plans to browse books and legos, while filling her day with play, cuddles, and movies.

there's more on this girl to come.  

{thanks to my friend, and fellow fotographer, for sharing some of his pix.  we love and appreciate you guys!!}

16 comments:

  1. Eleven is a wonderful age so enjoy! I did not need to see that cake twice this morning : )

    Happy Birthday to your sweet girl!

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  2. Happy Happy Birthday Nator Girl!

    Love all the pics. Ah. Bubbles. So much fun. Looks like a fabulous day.

    Have fun celebrating your special day.

    Blessings, SusanD

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  3. Is today Nator's birthday? If it is, tell her the coolest people were born on 29 March...like me & auburnchick!

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  4. Happy happy happy day!!

    That cake is callin' my name. Nator is a girl after my own heart!

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  5. Oh my goodness what a PERFECT day. I hope the rest of the birthday week is just as fun :)

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  6. Happy Birthday, Nator!!! 11, sniff sniff, when did these kids grow up? :(

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  7. Happy Birthday to your 11 year old! Sounds like a great party week!

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  8. 11 is a great number. I am almost there with Gracie. I love this time, between little girlhood and teenhood. I want to hold onto it as tightly as I can.

    BTW, so jealous that you are swimming!

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  9. Happy Birthday!! Sounds like a great week!!!

    That cheese cake looks yum-tacular!!

    I think our girls would get along great--if only we lived closer!

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  10. Happy 11th Birthday! Kei was 11 in January. It is such a bittersweet age. Love the swimming pictures and that cake...ooh la la.

    Kei loves American Dolls too. And those toenails still rock! :)

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  11. Happy Birthday to your girl!!!!!

    and absolutely you should celebrate for a week!!!

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  12. Happy Birthday, Nator! I so wish I would've been invited to your party - that cheesecake, YUM! And I would've taken a splash in the pool over the snow we got here today! Hope you have an awesome birthday week! :)

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  13. Happy 11th Birthday to your Sweet Girl! What a fun celebration! Great memories! I agree...une autre mere and I could have carpooled for the party, some cheesecake and a little sunshine! We would have even brought gifts! ;)
    Enjoy your sweet girls! They seriously look like tons 'o fun!

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  14. Oh my goodness!! happy Birthday to her. My second born will be 11 this Dec. How the time flies. Looks like she had a wonderful day!

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  15. It's beautiful/wonderful yet hard to celebrate these bigger & bigger birthdays, isn't it? My youngest (yet firstborn) will celebrate her 11th later this year.

    {sigh}

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