This cute girl turned 17 yesterday! One of my readers left a sweet comment the other day about how she feels like she has watched my daughter grow up. Really, if you’ve been with me since the beginning of my blog (2005) you have watched my children (and me) grow up. It’s been fun documenting the journey and I have to say that I’m really enjoying the ages they are right now. I remember what it felt like to be 17 and honestly, some days I’m surprised when I look in the mirror and don’t see that seventeen year old staring back at me. I think you have a pretty good sense for who you really are by that age and it’s been so cool to see my daughter come to that point on her own.
We pretty much celebrated all weekend long. We went out to dinner on Friday night and ate at a very yummy (and fairly expensive) restaurant called Valter’s Osteria. If you’ve ever gone there, Valter himself has probably kissed you on the cheek or given you a hug or a pat on the back. He’s a character! The food was incredible and my son was rubbing his belly in satisfaction the entire way home. lol! When we left the restaurant, my husband grabbed one of Valter’s business cards and handed it to Riley and said “here’s something to put in your punchbook.” We laughed super hard over that and he said, “what is it called then? Is it a slap journal?” More giggles from us! You can’t blame him, those are both pretty close to Smash Books. I think we will be calling them Punch Books from now on though.
We finished the evening with a drive around the capitol building. It looked so beautiful!
Saturday was a mother-daughter shopping day and we had a great time picking out some new skirts and a coat for the birthday girl. We also went to Hot Topic which was a new experience for me. It was like “nerdvana” in many ways with all the cool stuff, but the blaring of screamo music made me feel like I was indeed old enough to have a teenage daughter. I can get wild with my music, but that was just insane. Ok, I’m officially un-cool now I guess. Actually, I’m still pretty cool because I bought her some Harry Potter and Nightmare Before Christmas buttons (badges baby!) and a Nightmare necklace.
There’s a lot of Nightmare merchandise out right now because it’s the 20th anniversary of the film. It’s always been one of Riley’s favorite movies. I could never understand why it didn’t freak her out as a little kid because it is a little on the creepy side. She loves it though and it was a huge deal for her to see the Nightmare overlay in the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland last year. It was actually really amazing and it is totally worth seeing if you ever get the chance!
We finished off our shopping trip with a visit to our happy place – Cactus and Tropicals. We like to go and take pictures of all the pretty plants.
Plants really do make her happy! We did some big dreaming about some kitchen windowsill planters we want to put together. We spent about 30 minutes just taking pictures of all of our favorite blooms. These were taken with my Canon point and shoot camera, while all the other pictures in the post were taken with my iPhone 5 camera.
She was busy with her own social stuff on Saturday afternoon and evening. Sunday is a church day for us so we did most of our celebrating before then. She did open some presents and I made her favorite dish for dinner (pasta primavera) with root beer cake for dessert. It was a really nice birthday weekend! In just 2 weeks, it will be time for Alex’s birthday. Riley’s due date was supposed to be 2 days before Alex’s birthday. I’m glad that she came 2 weeks early!