We have officially made the transition from Tweens to Teens. My babies have turned 13! I know, I know...you are thinking, "How in the world is she old enough to have teenagers!?" Trust me...I am. We normally don't have "friend parties" for the kids, simply because our family is so big that we just can't do it all. But given the magnitude of the thirteenth birthday, Brian and I thought that it would be nice to do something a little bit special to mark the occasion for DJ and Coley. I had mentioned to Brian that Coley could have a sleepover with some of her friends. I saw the immediate look of terror in his eyes. "Uhhh...a sleepover?" I told him that unless he could come up with something better, that's what it was going to be. Well, back a guy into a corner like that and you can just see the wheels start turning. He came through in a big way. He had the fantastic idea of a makeover party for Coley and some of her friends at the local beauty school! Needless to say Coley was thrilled with the idea and Brian was thrilled that we weren't going to have a houseful of 13 year old girls squealing and giggling all night long!
We planned for the party to be the Monday after Thanksgiving because there was no school. Jake and Isaac stayed at home to have a "man day." DJ was out hunting for the first day of buck with my dad and brother. Hannah, Gianna and Noah happily went to our friends, Bob and Peggy's house. Peggy very kindly offered to keep them for the day so that I could shuttle the girls around. We picked the Dayton girls up and stopped to grab Aislinn. We headed to the Skamai house to drop off the little kids and pick up Anna and Hannah. And then we were off for a day of fun!!!
We arrived at Kittanning Beauty School at 11:00 after a very, very noisy car ride into town. We walked in and I just kept thinking... I hope you guys are ready for this! The manager took us back to a little room with desks that was our designated hang out spot for our time there. I snapped a few "before" shots and then the makeovers began!
Kym, Coley, Anna and Hannah are anxiously awaiting the beginning of their beauty day.
The "Before" shot of the whole gang: Aislinn, Kym, Anna, Ashley, Kelly, Coley and Hannah. Not that they needed makeovers. They are all natural beauties!
The makeovers consisted of manicures, hair styles and makeup. They took a couple of girls at a time for the hair and nail stations and rotated everyone through until they were all done and then they had their makeup done. Their was a lot of laughing and giggling and joking around. I felt like I was thirteen again! They are just a great group of girls and it was a pleasure to spend the afternoon with them.
The birthday girl getting her hair done.
Oooooooooo, the finished product!
Here is Miss Hannah getting her nails done.
Here are Kym and Hannah waiting for their makeup.
Anna and Coley are waiting for their makeup too. Love the hair girls!
Aislinn had her entourage taking care of her...hair and makeup at the same time!
Kelly was a little bit apprehensive about getting her nails done, but she was a good sport!
Ashley getting her makeup done.
The "After" shot! Aren't they gorgeous!!!!
After everyone was finished getting gorgeous, we headed to Mell's
Pizzeria for lunch. Since it was a Monday afternoon we pretty much had the whole place to ourselves, which was a good thing! We were still a pretty noisy energetic bunch! The only "quiet" time was when the food started to come. Let me tell you something. those girls might be tiny, but they can sure pack away the food. They managed to consume 2 1/2 extra-large pizzas, two large orders of fries and nachos with cheese! No small feat! Coley opened her gifts and the girls chatted for a little bit. We packed up the leftover pizza and headed for home!
The girls enjoying their lunch.
I took the Dayton girls home first, followed by Aislinn and Hannah and then finally back to Bob and Peggy's to drop off Anna and retrieve Hannah, Gia and Noah. I figured after a long day of being there they would be glad to see me. Ummm, yeah, not so much. I walked in the front door and Noah took one look at me and headed up the stairs yelling, "Hide! Hide!" And he went and hid in their hamper! So much for missing good ole' mom! The girls were equally unhappy to see me. Gianna threw herself on the steps screaming, "I AM NOT GOING HOME!!!" Finally after about 40 minutes of asking, followed by yelling and finally begging I managed to get them to leave with me, but not before promising to return for more fun on the following Sunday. All in all it was a great day. The girls seemed to have fun, Isaac and Jake loved their "Man Day" The little ones obviously had a great time at the Skamai's. Dj had an unlucky day of hunting, but enjoyed himself nonetheless. I happily closed out my day with a snuggly blanket and a huge cup of tea!