Around the World in Five Hours

Life these past few days has been filled to the brim as I endeavored to follow my daughter’s elaborate 10th birthday party plans. We went on an around-the-world trip within the walls of our home. The girls had tea with the “queen” (yours truly!) in London,dsc_00041

played Italian street games and enjoyed fine Italian cuisine complete with sparkling grape juice in real crystal wine glasses in Rome,dsc_0017

took off for Dublin where they found a delicious birthday cake at the end of the rainbow,dsc_0044

flew to Egypt and wrote their names in hieroglyphics,dsc_0019

jetted over to Jamaica for some tropical swimming in a toasty warm pool, dsc_0076and finally headed back to Dallas for some Enchanted movie fun.

Phew! Talk about preparation…this one was a doozy, but oh it was so worth it to see the smiles and the joy. I think the best part of the party was the grown-up participation. My husband found a recording of jet engines and played that every time we “flew” to a new locale. He also found authentic music and played that added ambiance. We made passports for each girl and “stamped” each one as we “arrived” at each destination. A girl turns ten only once, you know!

So Happy Birthday, my sweet girl. I love you completely just the way you are and am so proud of your strong faith and convictions!

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