06 April 2008

A Post Full of Pictures from Kendra's 17th Birthday

Yesterday was pretty fun -
The newly-turned-17 year old girl was meeting up with a few friends for an impromptu "eventhoughwe'rehavingapartyinafewweeks" let's do something fun on your actual birthday.
Here she is in all her 17 year old glory:
First we went to a really cool new coffeehouse called, "The Barking Dog". The guy that opened it used to be a youth leader - and they want to have a lot of live music, etc. It is really retro-style - with huge pictures of New York city, a faux fireplace and a bunch of books, among which Kendra found her favorite, "Blue Like Jazz" by Donald Miller. It was that moment that I knew she was in love. Here are a few pictures:
Dylan, Trent and Jonathan
Callie, Kaitlyn and Kendra
(I have no idea why she decided to do that thing with her hand - I think a birthday high!)
The Guys - Trent, Daniel, Jonathan, Dylan and Kullen
After we got all caffeined up, we went to see "Run Fat Boy, Run!" at the movies. It was pretty hysterical. My kids always have unique tastes, and after watching a ton of trailers and reading reviews, she decided on this Indie film that premiered at the Sundance Film festival. It was a risk, and I hoped it would be good. I worried for her sake that her friends wouldn't like it - but surprisingly they all did. Highly recommended.
After the movie, we were invited to Kendra's friend, Daniel's house to hang out. By hang out I mean that his mom prepared tons of delicious food, complete with Turtle Cheesecake and 17 candles, and a Happy Birthday banner hung in the window. It was so much like having some of my WV friends around, loving my kids. We taught the gathering all of the party games we could think of - almost - and then they taught us a game called "Silent Football" which sounded at the onset like sports torture, but ended up being really fun. The object of the game is to try and make the other players laugh while keeping yourself from it. The girls and I didn't fare so well. Kaitlyn ended up with this "cruel and unusual punishment" (photo at left - please note the clenched teeth). We assure you - no BVDs were harmed in the playing of this game or the taking of this photo!
In other news, this lovely boy to the right has secured my utmost confidence in his ability to handle himself at the gas pump! His mama may never have to pump gas again! What a great day for a mother! I just sat in the car
(thankfully so because I am still suffering the symptoms of a vicious urinary tract infection) while he filled 'er up!
We didn't get home until 2 am - it was almost as long as the day I was in labor with Kendra. I guess she's worth it. We all had a blast.


  1. I had soooooooooo much fun yesterday! It was definitely one of my best birthdays, if not THE best. Fantastical!

    I wanted to thank everyone who said happy birthday in the last post...I love all of you guys!!!

    Keet, I miss watching scary movies together, too!!! We need to watch one when I come up...Perhaps The Shining? I tried to watch it with my family, but they were too wimpy to finish it, hahaha...

    And I shall heed your warning!!!;-D

  2. It looks like you guys had a blast, wow 17 I'm not ready for that yet :)

    Your son pumped gas and mine ran the weed eater and mowed the lawn, he wasn't big enough last year, sniff, sniff...

  3. Wow, Julie!
    I am mostly struck by the fact that a 17 year old actually spent her whole birthday hangin' out with mom! I can think of no better compliment, and no better evidence of a great mom!! I only hope to have such a relationship with mine when they are that age.
    As I've said before; I like what I learn from you!!

  4. happy birthday, ken!


    that's what i remember from my short time with kendra.

  5. Wow, sounds like a lot of fun. Wish Carly and I could've come.


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