In some ways, it's hard to believe it's been ten years, but in other ways, it is hard to remember life before our wonderful daughter joined us.
We figured entering the DOUBLE DIGITS was something worth celebrating (since she may very well be in them for the rest of her life) so we let her have a party with friends this year. A definite advantage (from the mom's point of view) of parties at this age is the kids can do most things on their own if you just give them the direction and materials. We had planned to make these little pom pom guys that Noodle calls "Puffles," and I was quite impressed to see the creative things the girls came up with to make their Puffles unique. They spent a lot more time and energy at it than I would have anticipated, but everyone seemed to really enjoy the project. I'd also bought some polished rocks on a whim from the dollar store and those were quite popular with some of the girls as well.
They were a great group of girls to have around, and I'm so glad Noodle has such good friends. Here's to the next 10 years, sweetie!