An interesting thing happened shortly after Christmas.
Our tree converted into a "Happy Birthday Tree".
Best friends came together in a surprise celebration...
...As my dear Bethany turned Sweet 16.
Unbeknownst to Bethany,
her friends and I arranged a surprise birthday sleepover.
They dined on homemade pizza and a 7 lb. chocolate cake
downed with flutes of sparkling cider.
Bethany was truly grateful when it came time to open gifts
The girls stayed up until 4:00 am gabbing, laughing,
and simply enjoying and reveling in each other's friendship.
I considered shushing them at one point
but thought to myself...you only turn 16 once...let them be.
Our gift to Bethany was a shopping spree scheduled for the next day.
She's not much of a shopper so with her friends' help
they shopped the day away, pausing only to take a break for some frozen yogurt.
See the hat? That was her 1st purchase of the day.
Bethany was overheard saying to her friends,
"This was the BEST birthday ever!"
Happy Birthday Bethany.