Sunday, January 16, 2005

Daffodils, Girl Stuff and the Week of the Birthday

     Thursday was Mandy's 18th Birthday. Woo Hoo ... I did it !!!The baby is finally 18, no small task getting her here I'll have you know:-)

     It was much harder than usual to make birthday plans with her this year, she has not been easy to keep up with since she moved out a few months ago plus she was not quite sure about various plans that she had with her friends. Thursday was also her first day back at the salon and I had to work Thursday night so ... we decided to celebrate on Saturday night instead.

     Mandy did spend the night on Wednesday, we spent a quiet evening at home playing catch up on each others lives and doing girl stuff, you know ... painting, primping, waxing, oh my!

     I love the girl stuff and I miss it since she's moved out. I guess now that she has graduated from beauty school and is working in a salon we'll still have plenty of time for girl stuff, we just won't be doing it while bumping into each other trying to use the same mirror in the bathroom. I love being Mandy's Mom, even though she makes me worry more than anyone else has ever made me worry!

     Did all of you read THIS entry in Ann's journal recently about "Girly Things"? I think it's about the sweetest thing I've ever read. Annie Girl ... I love the way you love your girls, I feel the same way about being a mother to my daughters. BTW ... I don't want to leave this out, I loooooove my boy too! No words to describe how much I miss that kid right now!

      

     Mandy had to be at work by 1:00 on Thursday. I made a quick lunch, added a pot of beautiful daffodils and a cupcake with candles and we had a mini birthday celebration before work.

     We talked about things that are going on with her these day's, we talked a lot about when she was a little girl and we made a toast to her future, with pineapple soda (Mandy's favorite since she's moved out). Some times the little things mean more than the big ones.

     Mandy's Birthday Celebration has continued all week, they had a little celebration for her at work, very nice for her first day back ... she had dinner and cake with her Grand Parents after work on Thursday and then a night out on the town with her roommates on Thursday night and some other friends on Friday night.

     Last night I picked her up from work and we drove to Miami to see The Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Baily Circus. I know, I know, this is not usually at the top of your agenda for your 18th Birthday but we both really wanted to go and this was as good a night as any.  BTW, yes ... it's still The Greatest Show On Earth !!! We both had a lot of fun.

 

     The plans were to go to the Hard Rock Casino after the show after all it was her 18th Birthday but she was really tired, working hard and playing hard 3 consecutive nights in a row guess we'll be doing that on a different night. We were home by 12:30 ...

                                         *** Coy ***

 

17 comments:

brimasta1 said...

Yeah, my mom said the exact same thing when I turned 18. What an accomplishment it is.

http://journals.aol.com/brimasta1/BecomingaFirefighter/

Brian

geminiwilder said...

aw, happy birthday to your beautiful girl!  sounds like she had a great few days.   ~phin

astaryth said...

Sounds like a lot of Birthday FUN!!!! And, the Ringling group that you went to see was the Blue Unit (Red is playing in Orlando this last week). That's the Unit I traveled with for 6 years... Aren't Sylvia Zirbini and her horses just spectacular?? (I worked with her the last 6 months I was on the road)... And Did you see the little Elephant that paints before the show?? Kelly Ann is one of the sweetest elephants I know... I have pics of her dressed as the Easter Bunny last year <g>... <sigh> Can you tell I miss my friends? But, I got to visit with them while they were in Winter Quarters, so it's not too bad. <LOL>
http://journals.aol.com/astaryth/AdventuresofanEclecticMind

jeanno43 said...

What a pretty girl.  So glad she enjoyed her Birthday and you had fun doing girly things.  Now Barnum & Bailey Circus is something I would love to see *sighs* xxxxx

lindainspokane said...

a GREAT BIG Happy Birthday to Mandy! she sounds like a wonderful girl and that u are very proud of her...and u should be! please send her my best wishes...

from snowing like crazy out all night long...with 12 degree weather, spokane!

linda
http://journals.aol.com/lindainspokane/LifewithLinny
http://journals.aol.com/lindainspokane/LinnysLuciousLickings

sylviam4000 said...

A Very Happy Birthday to Mandy and I love the pictures.
Sylvia
http://journals.aol.co.uk/sylviam4000/JottingsfromtheSticks/

cneinhorn said...

Happy Birthday to Mandy!  And congratulations to you Coy, on the birthday of your daughter, you are after all, the reason she's in this world, so her birthday is just  as much a celebration for you, as it is for her :-)

Glad you had  a nice day together....my daughter is right on the heels of Mandy, she'll be 18 this year....and I'll be so sad when she moves out to go to college....I can't believe it's only a year away!  

Glad you've been able to do so much celebrating together!  I did read the entry  in Ann's blog too and it was great.  

Have a good week :-)  

dcmeyer420 said...

You are a great Mom, Coy! I hear you. My 18 year old daughter is so busy with her social life, I have to make an appointment in advance to have lunch with her. Letting go is hard. We will always be Moms and worrying about our kids even when they are adults comes with the territory. Happy Birthday, Mandy!

ryanagi said...

Happy Birthday to Mandy! She is a very pretty girl. Good job, Mom! :-)

babyshark28 said...

awww, she's so pretty!  and she looks so young!  ha ha. I guess I looked that young too at 18. sigh.
she's already got a job though, a career!  I think I am proud of her too. :)  I was married at 19 and living in Okinawa japan, moved around for quite a bit until 1999. and now we have been secure in our home state NOT to move again!  I feel like for the first time, that I can really concentrate on me....I'll be 38 this year.
so, yes, very proud of your daughter and you. you have have raised her well :D
sounds like a GREAT time!!

boiseladie said...

Ahhh!  This was a really nice entry.  Good job to you, getting those kids to 18!  I have one left, he'll be 16 in March.  Teens are so much fun, but these keep us on our toes!  I did see Ann's entry when she posted it, very, very nice!

bookncoffee said...

Happy Birthday Mandy!!!!!

suzypwr said...

Happy Birthday Mandy! She is a beautiful girl. I wish my daughter would let me post her picture, sigh. She was 25 yesterday. We are celebrating tomorrow, if she isn't work in the evening. xoxo

kristeenaelise said...

AWWW she looks so young!!  My little girl turned 14 yesterday, and I'm already weepy about her first year in high school, she'll be driving soon...they grow up so fast!!

=) kris
http://journals.aol.com/kristeenaelise/thedailypurge

ann7inflorida said...

HAPPY 18th BIRTHDAY MANDY!!! WOOT!!! : D
Congrats on making it to 18, Coy ; ). I know all to well about the up hill battle but they are worth every second of it. Mandy  is a beautiful young woman with the whole world at her feet. Good job, Mom!!! : ) It sounds like you guys had a great time. Happy Monday! ~Ann : )

lamove04 said...

Pineapple Soda, daffodils AND the Circus?  woohoo!  

Happy B-Day to Mandy!!  give her a hug for me.  xxoo, Albert

slowmotionlife said...

Way to go, Momma!! And Mandy!!!  18!  That's a big one.  And she's just beautiful.. inside and out.  It must be nice have a beauty-school graduate in the family.  I always wished my sister had gone to beauty school.  Free hair-cuts for life!!!  Wait... she cuts my hair for free anyway, sans certificate.  LOL  Guess it worked out either way.  :P

I'm so glad the two of you were able to spend some quality time together for her birthday.  Happy Birthday, Mandy!!!  :D