Diva decided to have her 11th birthday party at the local ice skating rink. After seven weeks of lessons, we have become quite expert, and are now both ready to progress to level 2 next session.
We have mastered the two-foot glide, swizzles, and backward skating. In my case, the backward skating not so much.
I'm very proud of Diva, this year she asked all of her friends to bring a donation for the Manchester Animal Shelter instead of a present. Today we took in $80, plus several bags of cat and dog food, wet wipes, dog brushes, canned food, and kitty litter to the shelter. The folks at the shelter were great, treating Diva to a tour of the shelter and a personal thank you from the shelter assistant manager.
After spending two hours on the ice, the girls had pizza and (what else) ice cream cake.
Doesn't everyone put Warrior Cats Rule on their birthday cake?
In case you aren't the parent of a tween, Warrior Cats are a series of books by Erin Hunter, and a particular favorite of Diva, who has all of them and has already pre-ordered the next two in the series.
Ice Skating Party for 11 girls with pizza and soda = $165
Ice Cream Cake from Dairy Queen = $15
Mom not having to clean up the house, and not having sugared up kids in the house after cake = Priceless.