We enjoyed 22 months of teenage-free living and then, darn it, if that Scary Baby didn’t go and turn 13 and put us back in that parenting mode. Again.
Though really, her tween years counted double since she had three teen siblings for those years.
The tween and teen years really put the toddler years to shame. Oh how I yearn for those cute, funny days.
Alas, we can’t turn back time and here we are with a teenager once again.
We continue to keep birthdays pretty low key around here at the Humpfreeze house and have never caved to the peer pressure of extravagant, expensive parties and typically opt for family celebrations.
After her birthday weekend was spent with the grandmothers, she
patiently waited two weeks to have a few friends over for dinner and a movie at home.
She picked the menu.
Fruit kabob appetizers. She was inspired to make kabobs when she found the funky skewers at a garage sale the weekend before for the bargain price of 50¢.
Chinese carryout – sesame chicken and fried rice.
And a birthday cake.
Selected by her via the Publix website.
Ebony & Ivory cake.
The chocolate pudding was suspiciously missing between the layers as described on their website but the cake was otherwise good.
Side note: I’d personally recommend the Chocolate Ganache Supreme instead. I also have a few customer service tips for Publix about the bakery clerk taking the cake order over the phone. Very surprised to get anything less than stellar customer service from Publix. (Especially since my 3 darling Twenties were forced to work there by their mean parents so they could learn the art of stellar customer service.)
Now we look forward to the next five years with our new teenager. She has so much potential and we can only hope her elderly senior citizen parents can live through it.