December 29, 2012

It's good to be nine!

Today my baby girls turned nine.

Oh my gosh, nine.

Their day started with the discovery of their elves, perched on the headboard, in birthday hats holding a birthday banner.  They'd asked their elves to please stay until their birthday and they were so happy that they did.


We then went out to breakfast where they had pancakes with chocolate chips and syrup.  We joked that it was the perfect "elf breakfast."

Back at the hotel they met a camel.  I'm not sure this was an entirely safe activity since the handlers had on gloves and warned them not to touch, or stand too close to, the camel but they thought it was fun and no one got bitten.


After the camel encounter, we headed to the Starbucks at our hotel where they ordered birthday peppermint hot chocolates.  The barista was absolutely darling and let them come behind the counter and watch what she was doing and put the whipped cream on their hot chocolates.  She wouldn't let us pay for them either.  They were elated with their birthday magical moment.



And what would a birthday in Arizona be without some time spent in the swimming pool?  Who cares that it's only in the 60s!  At the pool they brought us free birthday drinks and chips, salsa and guacamole.


That guacamole was my magical moment.

When we went back to our room there was a birthday card, along with a tray of chocolate chip cookies and a carafe of milk from the hotel concierges.  So sweet!


Then it was out to dinner with Grandma, Grandpa, Uncle Paul and Uncle Jason.

Our waiter had just graduated from college with a degree in Opera performance.  He brought Kenna and Michal each their own chocolate cake in a mug and sang "Happy Birthday" to them in Italian.


Back at my parents we all were too full to actually eat any of their birthday cake but we lit the candles and let them blow them out any way.




Then the girls spent the night at Grandma and Grandpa's house.  This is the first time they've ever spent the night somewhere without us.  They only stayed up checking on what Grandma and Grandpa were doing, spilling water on their pajamas and covers, changing into new pajamas, getting new covers and going to the bathroom until 11:15 p.m.

I think they made the very most of every last moment of their special day.

Happy Birthday my sweet girls!


  1. Happy birthday Kenna and Michal!!!

  2. Happy birthday to Kenna and Michal!

  3. Wow! What a magical birthday! Everything was super-special. How fun!
    Happy birthday to two super-special girls!

  4. Anonymous1:12 AM

    Happy Birthday to your darling girls!!!! Happy New Year! What awesome hotel did you stay at? Cindy

    1. We stayed at the Camelback Inn. It's a wonderful hotel!



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