She didn't want a big fuss for her birthday. Her one request was that she have a couple of friends over for the day, go to the mall for some shopping, and have lunch at the Cheesecake Factory. A reasonable request.
|Presents and Flying Ryder|
She had two of her gymnastics friends over. It was a nice day outside, and judging by the giggling, they all seemed to have a very good day.
|Ryder trying to blow out candles|
The Cheesecake Factory lunch went well, and they were all astounded by the number of choices on the menu. As an aside, I was at work for this extravaganza, as it was a weekday, and I have still never been to a Cheesecake Factory. Maybe some day...
|Grace and friends at the mall|
At the end of the day, after the other girls had gone home, the day's events got high praise from Grace: "that was a lot of fun." High praise indeed.
Welcome to your teen years, little one. Yikes.