Sunday, October 30, 2016

Scavenging Into Teens With Ryleigh

We spent yesterday afternoon celebrating our Ryleigh's 13th birthday!  We wanted to make it something memorable and fun and finally decided on a scavenger hunt through our town with her friends!

It took a lot of people coming together to make it work...but it ended up being a SUCCESS!!!

I went to bed exhausted yet thankful.

Thankful for my mom and sisters (and one of my sisters work friends) for helping with the clues and takeaway for each stop!

Thankful for our family and friends (that are family, too).
Those who took time out of their day to help celebrate our girl!

Thankful for the group of friends Ry has.
Some she's had since they were in primary school and some are much newer...but all in all, a great group of girls!

Wanted to share our fun from the day:
Wright's Market
Take Away - Candy Corn
Greeters - Poppa and Tatum

The Salisbury Zoo
Take Away - Animal Crackers
Greeters - Amy and Braxton

The Ward Museum
Take Away - Rubber Duckys
Greeters - Amanda, Madison and Collin

Take Away - Key Chains
Greeter - Aunt Amy (she was a driver, too)

Dover Pool
Take Away - Chapsticks and nail polish
Greeter - Aunt Mel

Wicomico Library
Take Away - "nerdy" glasses
Greeter - Maryrose

Take Away - Bottle Pop candy
Greeter - Keenesha

Salisbury University
Take Away - SU Pens and frisbees
Greeter - Charles

Pemberton Park
Take Away - trail mix
Greeter - Courtney

Salisbury Middle School
Take Away - little journal/notebooks
Greeter - Phil

Olive Garden
Take Away - Andes Mints
Greeter - Poppa and Tatum

Barnes and Noble
Take Away - bookmarks and cookies
Greeter - Jamie

Dinner and cupcakes

A little Poppa love...Nana would have been here, too but she was out of town for a funeral.

And then...back to the house with just enough time for gifts!
As she was opening each one, I was super impressed that she was taking time to thank each friend for their card and gift.  At one point, one of her friends just finally said..."Ummm, how about you just go ahead and open them all and then you can thank us all after!"

I still remember the very first time I was able to hold my baby girl and it is hard to believe that it has been 13 years since she came into our lives.  We knew she would arrive early and I was hoping for ANY day EXCEPT for Halloween...but that's when she made her debut!  She was the perfect little "treat" and for the longest time thought you got dressed up to get candy simply to celebrate her birthday!  While she still loves candy, she has grown into a beautiful girl with a servants heart.  She definitely has had her "tween" moments and we've had some rough patches, but I am so proud of the young lady she is becoming!

She has thanked me multiple times today for such a fun time yesterday and was so thankful for all those that came to greet us at the stops!

Phil and I are thankful for the people in our life and the influence they have on our girls.  As our girls continue to get older, and continue with these friendships, I want them to remember this:

"I think if I've learned anything about friendship, it's to hang in, stay connected, fight for them and let them fight for you.  Don't walk away, don't be distracted, don't be too busy or tired, don't take them for granted.  Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together.  Powerful stuff."
- Jon Katz

We are better together, my friends!
Yesterday reminded me that our family is loved and so is our "teen!"

Happy Birthday, Ryleigh!!!  May this be a year filled with much happiness for you! xox


  1. Happy 13th Birthday, Ryleigh Grace! Love you so much!

  2. Happy Birthday to our firstborn grandchild! Nana and I love you very much and are so proud to be your grandparents! You make our lives richer! Your smile brightens our day every time we see it! Welcome to your teenage years!!!