We survived Rachel’s Sweet Sixteen birthday bash on Saturday. It was a big success. We had about 30 kids filling up the backyard- enjoying music, the trampoline, hammocks, chairs, swing, and playing games under the arbor. The party was to go from 7-9:30 pm, but the last guests left at about 11 pm. The backyard looked great- Melissa had strung white lights all along the fence, around the arbors, and had decorated mason jars with candles on the wall and in the plant pots. When they all gathered inside to sing happy birthday they barely all fit in the family room. I made banana cupcakes and served Tillamook ice cream and toppings and soda. Everyone seemed to have a good time. Rachel was a good hostess and bounced around to her different friend groups (Bethany ward, our ward, band, and school). She now has plenty of spending money from all the gift cards, a bag full of candy, and a stack of cards. Rachel will officially turn 16 on Wednesday. The Laurels have a fun Pasta activity planned for her to welcome her into the class. She had her last driving lesson this week. Now she just needs to put in the hours and wait for her 6 months to end in Jan when she can take her driving test.