We can't find true pleasure in the joys of life, without experiencing and understanding the sorrows. While we lost a small member of the family this weekend, another gained another year.
Katherine is a full-fledged preteen, and she looks the part. After opening her gifts last night, she donned new clothes for school this morning, brushed her hair and pulled it back, and seemed to have grown a couple inches over night.
Her party on Friday night was fun. She and a couple sleepover friends made a full dinner complete with drinks (sour and thick fruit smoothies along with bubbly fruity juice spritzer), appetizers (chicken noodle "stew" that was pasty, and yummy tuna biscuits) and dessert (ice cream balls rolled in coconut). The main pasta dish was decent as well. And all told, they cooked and served and ate from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The girls were bushed by the end of it but proud of their efforts. And they had plenty of fun in the process.
As we wish Katherine a very happy 11th birthday, we also wish my mom a Happy happy Birthday!