Sunday, November 13, 2011


We celebrated Grace's 11th birthday yesterday, on 11/11/11.  Since it was such a special birthday, and since my shy little 'new kid at school' has had some difficulty making new friends at middle school this year, we decided to throw a huge party.  (Yes, she is in middle school now.  Hand me my dentures.)  Most of the kids that came were from church, but two of her new school friends came out, and that is a start. 

Three hammy girls: Katie, our neighbor, and Grace
We had a murder mystery party, thanks to my friend Kyla's recommendation, and it was a huge hit.  The kids all dressed up as different characters, and they got to ham it up throughout the evening, accusing one another of a crime while having to defend their own innocence.  It was so much fun.  We used the Mansion Mystery kit from, and it really worked out well.  The only downside was that a few of the kids struggled to read the lines, and that combined with the silliness that took over toward the end caused them to miss a lot of the clues to who the killer was.  It was fun, though, to see their surprise when the killer was revealed.  Even the culprit himself had no idea what was coming.  We had a great party.    


  1. Looks like you had a great party!! Scroll down a few posts (there aren't that many & I really miss that) and you can see how much she's grown up since just last year. I'd like to blame it on the dress and the pearls, but I know it's so much more than that. They've all grown & changed so darn FAST!!! And if you think that makes you need dentures how do you think it makes their Grandma feel?!
    You are such a GREAT mom & I'm so proud of you!!

  2. Awesome costumes/photos! Glad they liked was a hit here, too!

  3. Oh my gosh!!!! They all look so grown up! How did that happen so fast?
    Looks and sounds like a wonderful party. What a great idea!
    Happy Birthday to your beautiful Grace! :)

    Kat@Seeking Sanity

  4. excellent! i wonder if my daughter would be up for that next year?


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