The Last Year She Is Not A Teenager

24 03 2009

Twelve.  A Dozen.  She has been alive 6 maple bars, 3 chocolate creme’s, a danish, an apple fritter and a lemon custard.

Every year we have been able to skip school on Maya’s birthday – but not this year…it was on a Saturday.  I was a bit overwhelmed by this.  Skipping school has always been a big part of the fun.  Here are the last three birthday’s of craziness……the 9th…..the 10th…..the 11th.  The day is always planned by the birthday girl, but this year we are saving to do something big later (in May probably) so too much expense was ruled out.  Between the two of us, though, I think we did a pretty good job of pulling together a great day.

I can’t believe it.  This is a bit late, but happy birthday Maya.  So far, you’re still a great kid! 

The birthday eve was spent at Maya’s favorite restaurant “Puerto Vallarta”.  We love this place.  This guy sitting by Maya is Jorge.  He is always there and treats us like family.  So much like family that much of the time he sits with us while we eat!  We love him. 

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Not only do we get Jorge, but we get many of our amigos singing a birthday song! 

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And you get to KEEP THE SOMBRERO!!!  Ay Caramba!

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Of course, the morning of the actual birthday Maya awoke us all very early to open presents.  She didn’t get a ton of big stuff this year, but I did finally upgrade her to a real I-pod (nano, not the super fancy kind).  She has had a cheapo MP3 player for a really long time and kept such good care of it.  I warned her after she opened it that all other presents were complete fluff, but she didnt’ care.  She really loved the alien stuffed animals that I scored at Border’s for $1 a piece.

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The Obama shirt that my sister sent down for no one in particular was recycled into a “fluff” gift (thanks Shannon!!).  She loves this shirt so much.  I would have kept it myself if it would have fit me.

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After the gift opening extravaganza we had to break our fast – and what better to do it with than Virgin Mary french toast.  Delicious and inspired!  Yum!

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I could probably get at least $3000.00 on eBay for each one of these babies….

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Later that night we invited the neighborhood over for a party.  Maya never wants cake for her birthday – the last few years it has been lemon meringue pie, but this year she really wanted blueberry muffins.  Her wish is my command.

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Hot blueberry muffins make candle wax melt very quickly, and flaming things start falling over.  She pointed instead of blew which I attribute to hormones.  Make good choices, Maya!

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Eventually she saw the error of her ways and extinguished the fire hazards.  Then we all ate blueberry muffins and wax.  It was delicious.

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It is completely exhausting to be twelve.

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*sigh*

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7 responses

25 03 2009
Bobo the Wandering Pallbearer

Lovely.

25 03 2009
tiff

It’s at 12 that they start to get that ‘grown up’ face…and hands, and other stuff. I do love that last picture – no matter how old they get, aren’t sleeping babies just the BEST for pictures?

25 03 2009
Anika

Such a wonderful day! Happy Birthday Maya!

25 03 2009
renn

Happy Birthday, sweet girl!

25 03 2009
Miss Pip

She is such a sincere girl. Always smiling.
You have nothing to worry about. I wish I could stay another year in Jr. High to have her around.
Tell her happy birthday for me, okay?

27 03 2009
Ant

Awesome – Happy Birthday Maya!

12 04 2009
Christine

I am way late, but happy belated birthday Maya! And geez Shari, do you make ’em tall. She’s 12 and probably taller than I am (5’4”)…not fair.

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