Friday, September 30, 2011

Emma's Birthday

After volleyball Emma said she didn't know what to wear. I told her I knew and threw her this package. 

Emma was freshly showered and had gotten dressed when Paul surprised her with another little something. Her phone had been having some problems. He told her he looked at it the night before and when he took the sim card out it just happened to slip into this. An Iphone. (My dad had an older Iphone that no one was using so my mom suggested we let her use it.) Boy was she thrilled! Thanks mom and dad. I think that was one of her most favorite gifts. 

She sat in her room looking at the fun things her friends had given her until it was time for lunch.

She loves her headband from Kayla and make-up from Katie. 

An-Bo the clown made a brief appearance. 

My teenager, Gasp!

Emma had wanted a burger from Fuddruckers for her birthday lunch with her grandparents. We drove to Orem only to find they had gone out of business. Boo! She decided Chili's would work.

She got sliders and baked potato soup.

Grandma Nancy and Grandpa David gave her some "cash"ews and some really nice canvases for her to paint on. She was thrilled! 

After lunch we headed home for "cake" and candles. Emma only wanted pumpkin bread from Kneaders so that's what we did.

My parents got her a mirror and a daybed from Ikea. She was so excited to turn her room into a more teenage appropriate space.

We also got her a little desk and a super cute pink chair from Ikea. She has loved doing her homework in her room. She is really happy with all the little changes. 

On Sunday we asked David and Nancy if we could come over to their house for cake and ice cream with the cousins. They agreed to host us (Thank you so much!!!) for a very brief visit. Emma had a fireside that she wanted to go to that night so we had to cut our visit short. 

We had enough time to eat this Snicker's cake and to take some silly pictures. 

I can't believe I have a teenager. Emma is amazing. She has matured so much over the last couple of years. I really love the young woman she is becoming. She is a wonderful example to all of us. She has helped all of us become better people by challenging us to give up bad habits and by starting new good habits. She has been working hard on her Personal Progress and through her example she has helped us all to be more spiritual. 

I had parent teacher conference with her this week. She is an exceptional student, her teachers love her, she's excited to learn and she's fun to be around. Her teachers couldn't say enough good things about her. I left that school very proud of my daughter.  

It is my prayer and hope that she stays on this path that she is on. I know that there is still a lot time for her to be tempted but we are doing everything we can as her parents to see that that doesn't happen. I hope that she keeps her good friends. They come from great strong families and they had been wonderful examples to her. I pray that she continues to grow closer to her Heavenly Father and that her testimony continues to grow. 

I love Emma so much. I am thrilled that she is part of our family. I wouldn't trade her for anything. 


rlg said...

Beautiful pictures and tribute to Emma. She is wonderful sweet girl we are so thankful for her and for all the spiritual things that you and your family are doing. We are so proud of all of you. Keep up the great work.

Positively Patty said...

You are such a great mom. When I grow up I want to be like you.