Tuesday, July 1, 2008


It has been such a busy week that I haven't been able to post about Mandy's Birthday! Gesh. She turned 10 on the 26th! I can't believe my baby is a "preteen".
Sorry for all the pictures but here goes - Her day started with waking up to about 50 "happy birthday" signs that her sister's posted all over the house! Here are just a few :)
Then it was off to her favorite breakfast spot!

THEN, we had vacation bible school this week and she was a jr. helper (and I was the official photographer - so fun) but they called her up on stage and had everyone sing to her!

Then for lunch we went with friends and grandma to Ruby's.

THEN, we went down to the beach with friends for some smores and hot dogs!

We ended the day with a giant chocolate chip cookie!

BUT wait - there's more!

(getting tired yet?)

This weekend we had "CAMP MANDY"

Thanks for the cute sign Cathi!

It was really fun - we put up two tents in the back yard and had a good old fashioned camp out!

We played about 5 games (including a seed spitting contest - yum)

The kids also got to paint pet rocks (this is a great way to get rid of all the unwanted little rocks around your yard - haaaaaa am I smart or what???)

Then there was the decorate your own cupcake station..........

Opening presents around the fire...........................

When the boys all left - the real fun began!

Smores right before bed time?

(ok, so maybe I'm not the smartest)


Are you exhausted just from reading this? So you can imagine how I feel! I think every kid needs a sleepover at least once in their life - this was IT!

I love my little Mandita and am so thankful for the little spark she brings to our family! She is at a fun age. She wants so badly to be little miss independent (like her sisters) and yet still relies so much on me. I'm going to relish this time I have with her, now that we are in double digits! Pleaseeeeee God - slow down this processsssss!!!

Happy 10th Birthday Amanda!

~I love u~


Chrissie said...

How fun is that! I love the Camp Mandy idea. SUCH a great idea to pitch tents.
Happy Birthday, Sweet Mandita! I really CANNOT believe you're ten.

Elijah said...

wow- what an awesome day she had. Tell her we said happy bday. JoJo is having a little camp out for his bday too! so much fun. I love smores!!!!

Catherine said...

I REALLY need to remember to sign in as myself and not whoever i just created a blog for. Hope to see you next week and have our "girls nite out"

Catherine said...

I REALLY need to remember to sign in as myself and not whoever i just created a blog for. Hope to see you next week and have our "girls nite out"

Kristen said...

Happy Birthday Mandy!

What a fun way to celebrate! I LOVE the camp Mandy birthday party idea. What a great birthday party!

Nyla said...

What a great idea for a birtday party! It looks like they all so much fun! Where does the time go? How awesome that her birthday was so special! Happy Birthday Mandy!

Cathi Hamen said...

it was a fUN week, Shan!!!
Camp Mandy Rocked and we loved it all!
Happy B-day Mandy!

Rachel Shoemaker said...

wow... that is awesome! Happy birthday Miss Mandy! Love you!

Jill Duarte said...

Happy Birthday Mandy!!! So fun seeing pictures of all the stuff we've talked about during the past few weeks. I can't wait for Abe's camp out birthday party. We are definitely doing the seed spitting contest...although it may get out of hand with just boys!

Jerome & Crysti said...

Holy Molie...do you want to plan my next birthday party? What a total blast! You know that will be one birthday she will never forget!!

Heather said...

Happy Birthday miss Mandy! I loved being there and I know you had fun-your party was so fun!!!! Love you girl!

CLR said...

Happy Birthday, Amanda!!! Looks like a great time!!!

We love ya,

Carrie and Tanner