S: Lauren 13th Birthday
1: 13 years ago A beautiful little girl was born. And now, she has blossomed into a Beautiful young lady. I know that I have told you this story before, but you are about to hear it again. The day you were born, I was working at the hospital. A co-worker of mine came down to the lab and ask me if I knew a Steve and Brenda Haley. My excitement upon the news of your arrival could be heard through the lab. I immediately left my work space for the OB department. The first time I saw you was nestled in your mother's arms. I would have loved to have held you then too. However, I wasn't about to take you from your mother's arms. The first family gathering after your arrival, I got to hold you- finally! I have enjoyed watching you grow into these teenage years. I'm proud of you! Love, Lona and Aunt Geraldine
2: July 28, 2010 was on a Wednesday. Mom and Dad had to work. I had to babysit my sisters. At least my sisters remembered my birthday and made me birthday signs.
3: We had Domino's pizza for supper and I got a bread stick cake. | I wish for a real cake! | I thought this birthday was going to be special.
4: My sisters gave me white elephant presents. I am trying not to act like its not bothering me that I haven't received a real party or present from mom and dad....
5: But I'm not a very good actress!
6: On Sunday, August 1, 2010, we had a family birthday party with Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. It was nice but I still was hoping my 13th birthday would have been EXTRA special.
7: But Mom & Dad had a surprise for me!
8: Actual Invitation | To: Emma Griffin, Jessica Morris, & Sarah Rapp | You’re invited to a teen get away to celebrate Lauren’s 13th birthday Where: Great Wolf Lodge Shopping at Legends When: Leave Aug 12, 2010 at approx. 10:30 AM Return Aug 13, 2010 at ???? What to bring: Overnight bag Spending money (meals provided) Separate bag with swimming essentials Games (optional) Late night snack to share RSVP: Brenda at 660-247-3970
9: Lauren’s 13th Birthday Party Weekend Thursday, August 12: 8:00 AM -Lauren go to school with Steve for CMS registration 1:30 PM - Pick up Emma, Jessica & Sarah 2:00 PM - Pick Lauren up at CMS 4:00 PM - Arrive at Great Wolf Lodge 4:00 -?? - Waterpark ?? - ?? - Eat ?? - ?? - Games, snacks, pedicures, etc Friday, August 13: ?? - ?? - Wake up, get ready ?? - ?? - Breakfast 11:00 AM – Check out and go to Legends ?? - ?? - Sack Lunch ?? - ?? - Sheridan's Custard ?? - ?? - Home | Plans changed from the original invitation. This is what we actually did.
10: A simple celebration, a gathering of friends; here is wishing you great happiness, a joy that never ends.
11: Settling into our room.
12: Enjoying the water park at Great Wolf Lodge. | Emma | Sarah | Jessica | Emma and Lauren
13: Emma | Lauren & Jessica | Emma, Lauren , Jessica | Emma & Sarah | Lauren & Sarah | Sarah, Lauren, Jessica, Emma
14: Lounging at Great Wolf Lodge's Outdoor Pool L to R: Lauren, Jessica, Emma, & Sarah
15: Relaxing in our room
16: Supper at T-Rex
17: Count your life by smiles, not tears. Count your age by friends, not years.
20: We explored the restaurant while we were waiting on our food.
22: Shopping at Legends
23: Next day... More Shopping!
25: Make a Wish!
26: Sleeping in
27: Friends are like pee .... | Everyone can see it, but only you can feel its warmth!