A few days before her birthday, she left a note on the refrigerator for Charles commanding him to wake up everyone on her birthday. (He's always the first to wake up in our house.) She then proceeded to tell us that we should have our gifts laid out on the couch and come into her room and surprise her. So, we did what she wanted. Charles got her a Barbie Charlotte from "The Princess and the Frog" movie, I got her an Elephant that can do all sorts of sounds and moves, and Glenn was told to get her a gift when we took her to Disneyland.
That day was also my mom's family reunion at a park. So, we brought a cake and sang "Happy Birthday". It was a special day with all of our family that we love and a lot of people we are getting to know!
Back in the spring, we had earned free Disneyland tickets from doing their "Give a Day, Get a Day" program. The kids and I made up hygiene kits for teenage girls and delivered them to a shelter. We saved the Disney tickets for Maryn's birthday.
Because of the super busy summer with the All Night Dance Party, Girl's Camp, and Pioneer Trek, it took us a while to schedule a day to go. But, we finally did! Maryn had told us the year before that she didn't want a party, she only wanted to go together as a family. It was so much fun! We started out by letting Glenn get her the Baby Minnie she wanted. Then, Maryn ran the whole day! She picked out all of the rides, chimichangas for lunch, bread bowls for dinner- everything! I wish that I had pictures of this day, but I can't figure out how to load them from my phone!