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My second daughter, Maddy, turned 14 yesterday. I could write volumes about how completely entranced I am by this child. She is funny, unique, confident, brilliant, and so totally her own person. I actually have written some volumes about her on this blog: about the speech she gave at school, her Weird Al Yankovic solo at school, and her determination to try, despite likely failure.
She is just a fabulous person. I asked her again and again what she wanted for her birthday, and she kept saying she wanted to DO more rather than HAVE more. The result was a day spending lots of time with each other as a family, having fun and making memories. It was her birthday, but she gave us a gift. Here now are 10 Pics from Maddy’s 14th (click on each for a larger view):
#1. Maddy and I went first thing in the morning to hang out at the mall, buy comic books, smelly lotions, lots of candy, and stop for an Icee!
#2. Maddy also requested a trip for the kids to play bumper cars. Every picture turned out blurry, because of course they were always on the move!
#3. There was a fun arcade where the bumper cars were, so we stayed and played for quite a while. Eli never quite got the ball up the SkeeBall ramp, but he still had fun.
#4. Hannah was a great pal to Eli yesterday, and stayed with him all over the arcade. Including on this tiny carousel!
#5. Abby kept busy for a little while on the mini bowling lanes.
#6. That's one big bike for one little boy!
#7. Of course, Isaac had to get his turn, too.
#8. Maddy and Hannah strike an amusing pose. 🙂
#9. Maddy and her slice of pumpkin pie, her special birthday request.
#10. Happy 14th, Maddy!