I'm feeling a bit of relief this year because I don't have to do any parties for my girls. We don't do parties after 12 except for sweet 16. This year my girls turn 19, 15, & 13. I decided the beginning of January that since we weren't doing parties we would get them each a nice gift and also do a dad and daughter date. Emma's birthday is first and I'm feeling like the plan was a pretty good success. Chris and Emma went on their date Saturday night. They went to the library to check out some music books, cookbooks, and music CDs. Then they had dinner at one of Emma's favorite places, Noodles and Company. Then dessert at Moonstruck. Then they went to the movies to see Skyfall. Emma had a smile on her face when she got home and had a great time.
Today was her actual birthday and the tradition in our family is that you get to pick whatever you want for dinner and I'll make it. Emma chose Chinese Chicken. It's like an orange chicken but there's no orange in it. We had steamed rice and salad with it. For dessert it was a DQ midnight truffle cake. The girls and Chris loved it.
In between dinner and dessert she opened presents. She was very surprised with her guitar and very happy.
I think she had a good day. She felt loved and that's what is important.
Her birthday interview will be coming shortly.