Last night was a girls’ night in. Four years ago on my 16th birthday, four of my girlfriends came over to celebrate; we dressed up in our old homecoming dresses, ate a fabulous multiple-course dinner prepared by Mama, took lots of pictures in front of the fireplace, and were thoroughly entertained by our neighbors (who serenaded us with candles while singing “Happy Birthday” to me) and our classmate (who provided our dinner music on the piano). Oh, must I forget the swing dance lessons taught by my old dance instructor? (I lasted 1 year in ballet class – one year. But after watching my performance on an old home video the other day, I have to say — I wasn’t half bad! Well…compared to my dance moves today :))
Let’s do a little recap of us back in the day:
And today…well, we’re all grown up!
Things really haven’t changed (i.e. Steph and Kirsten still need to be in the middle of every photo. It’s alright though, Hannah and I have gotten used to it :))
Mama whipped up another absolutely fantastic meal — complete with the most beautiful table setting:
While she was preparing the meal, we had a mini photo-shoot:
We paid her tribute, though — in the form of laughing about some of her funniest moments:
Time for the first course: a juicy fruit cup filled with fresh cubes of just-right pineapple (sorry about your tongue, Stephy), plump, juicy blackberries, and tiny, flavor-bursting pomegranate seeds:
After the main course, we all agreed we’d take a little breather before dessert. We spent hoursjust sitting in my family room — watching episodes of Modern Family (Kirsten, are you a fan now? 🙂 ) and talking about everything.
Sprinkled with a little bit of powdered sugar? Crunchy, crisp, and the combination of the raspberry jam and melted chocolate (oozing out of the crust!) was divine.
I owe a huggeeee thanks to my Mom for putting this whole dinner together. She truly outdid herself once again, and though it was killing me not to be in the kitchen helping to prepare the meal, she told me that I should relish the times when someone cooks for me. And I did! Hey, if I was in the kitchen – I couldn’t hang out with these fabulous girls (and they all know I hate being left out of the conversation…my trademark line is, “Wait, what happened?” I’m blaming it on my inquisitive nature 🙂 ).
I couldn’t have asked for a better night in with my girls. I love them so much! 🙂