Can you believe it? My little girl is fourteen!
Like many teenage girls, Alyssa loves clothes. It's tradition for me to buy her a new outfit to wear to school on her birthday. She is so easy to please and always loves whatever I choose for her.
About a month before her birthday, she expressed a desire for a pair of Hunter boots--which are basically just designer rain boots. Knowing Grandma Seely is the person to hit up for expensive wish list items, they started searching for the perfect pair together. I knew she had settled on red boots, so I selected a birthday outfit that would coordinate. The Nordstrom box containing the desired boots arrived a couple days before her birthday, but Lys waited until the night before to open them. She is just like me and can't open presents early--even if she knows what is inside.
I hung her new outfit up in the bathroom and taped a "Happy Birthday" banner to the mirror. When she came downstairs for breakfast, she was visibly pleased to be dressed her new birthday duds.
I served her crepes with Nutella and strawberries and she sent her out the door looking absolutely adorable.
After gymnastics, she opened some cards from her grandparents and a present from Jon and me--a darling Vera Bradley purse, perfect for holding all of that birthday cash.
While Jon and I were picking up Lys from gymnastics, Natalie was setting the table for Alyssa's birthday dinner. She was so cute and thoughtful about the details. She put together a little centerpiece, made a card, a pitcher of lemonade and set out some sides to go with the birthday girl's requested main dish: noodles and clam sauce.
Then she made a wish over fourteen homemade Oreo cookies.
Happy Birthday, Alyssa! You're just like Mary Poppins--practically perfect in every way!