Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Celebrating 10 With Friends

This past Sunday was the day for partying. With Monday being the MLK holiday, Sunday night was perfect for a sleepover. Which is what Gaby wanted, among other things.

She invited 4 friends, 2 from soccer, 2 from school. Three of the four were able to make it.

First stop: our house, around 3 in the afternoon. The plan: swim, dine out, and sleepover.

The pool we chose is in a neighboring township. Same place the girls swam at for Gab's birthday last year, but with a difference. Last year, we were kicked out around 3:30 as there was a special swim party scheduled. The Neon Splash Party, which was open to anyone, but sold out by the time we found out about it. This year, with that experience under our belts, we were able to get tickets for the Neon Splash Party.  Low lighting, glow necklaces, a DJ and prizes. While the glow necklaces got in the way, they all loved the music (except for Justin Beiber!) and Gaby received a water bottle prize when her friends let the DJ know it was her birthday.

Rockin' out to the Village People. 

There was a cool BIG waterslide.

And a smaller kiddie slide that the girls would hop on now and then -- shorter line!

OOKA, for dinner and a show -- and what a show it was!

Nick and Jess didn't swim, but joined us for dinner.

Sharing those yummy bananas for dessert.

Apples to Apples and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel rounded out the night. And chips and cheetos, of course!

Gaby's the chief pancake maker in our house, so she prepared breakfast for her girlfriends.

This time 'round, the birthday cake was a puffed wheat cake.

For the last couple of years, I had gently suggested to Gaby that she consider asking her guests to make a charitable donation in celebration of her birthday, rather than bringing a gift. This year, she decided it was a good idea, and chose the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House as her charity of choice.  We're going to package up those donations with a lovely letter and send it off to where it can do some good. Cheers to you Gaby girl!! XO

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