Brianna, my oldest daughter, turned 17 on May 3rd. I really don't know how that happened. She's not supposed to be 17 yet, as I'm not old enough for a 17 year old!
We celebrated her birthday on April 30th, with a family party. Mom, Dick, Dad, Ann, and Becky joined us for a birthday dinner. We had a hamburger and hotdog bar, which is my absolute favorite party dinner these days. Don manned the grill, and I laid out all of the fixin's. Apparently, I go overboard...I put out 3 kinds of cheese, bacon, guacamole, standard burger produce, and grilled onions. This year, I went to our garage and opened one of every kind of homemade relish out there, including homemade ketchup. I love an excuse for lots of choices!
Anyway, back to Brianna. For the first time in a very long time, she seemed genuinely happy. Made me remember the little girl Brianna, who was always smiling. It was good to see, but made me a little sad at the same time. She was around for her whole party, and engaged with everyone. Here she is opening gifts:
(Maddie "helped" her the whole time, which is why she is in so many pictures!)
Here is another picture of the cake:
When I asked Brianna what kind of cake she wanted, she told me to surprise her. So I did. This is Brianna's favorite: chocolate cake, split lengthwise, with a layer of homemade whipped cream and sliced bananas in the middle. The rest is frosted in more whipped cream. So yummy, and she was surprised. I had the 3 girls help me with the decorations. I sliced some jumbo marshmallows, and they dipped the sticky sides in various colored sugars. I really think they like to help. The stems on the flowers are green Twizzlers I found at the grocery store that morning. I hadn't planned on using them on the cake, but they worked perfectly!
I always like how birthday cakes look when the candles are lit!
Here she is, thinking of what to wish for. Katie is anxious for the first piece. I think she wanted to make sure that she got the piece with the blue flower!
Yes, she blew out all the candles, so I guess that means she'll get her wish. I wonder what it was??? Should I be nervous about that???