|Selling pumpkins at St John's church|
|Emma's big gift from Mom and Dad. She can borrow my iPod for now.|
In other breaking news, Emma turned eleven years old yesterday. We had a small family gift opening celebration followed by dinner at Billy's Restaurant here in town. It's a family favorite with kid friendly food, but also adult friendly food and ambience -- and most importantly for me -- wine. Emma was excited because it was going to be her first time ordering off the adult menu since their kids menu is for 10 and under! The downside of this was that we didn't get crayons. Now that wouldn't normally be a problem, but Billy's has bistro style tables covered in plain white paper upon which Mommy (me) likes to doodle while waiting for dinner. I may have to start bringing my own crayons. Last year I embarrassed Emma by writing "Happy Birthday Emma" with a big arrow pointing to her -- right on the table! Emma chose to have the cheese pizza and then chocolate cake for desert. This was a treat for me too since I didn't have to cook dinner, or have leftover cake, and I enjoyed a yummy meal.
|Mommy's table doodling from last year's Billy's Birthday Dinner.|
Emma's main gift from Mom and Dad was the boombox pictured above. She often borrows my iPod and docking station and I thought it would be neat for her to not have to move the docking station around all the time. I don't use my iPod that much so she can borrow it most of the time she asks, and lots of her music is on it anyway. Since she got birthday money from several relatives she is at least half of the way to buying her own iPod anyway -- if she wants. She also got an IOU for re-doing her room with more tween appropriate bedding. Right now she has pink and purple ballerinas and fairies!
|Eleven pink roses|
|Opening the flowers while Daddy watches|