The girls were instructed to come in homemade prairie attire. Long dresses, bonnets, and braided hair were the look for the day. Look at these sweet things. Don't let their demure little pose fool you. These pioneers can get wild.
Not only is Emily a great brainstorming partner, she is unbelievably selfless. She volunteered to host the party at her "little house" on a pretty flat piece of land that closely resembles the prairie AND she was the game partner for the odd girl out (and she didn't freak out when a very full glass of tea spilled about 1/8 of an inch away from her new white curtains). Because there had to be games, and I wasn't smart enough to invite an even number of people (or to only serve water to drink).
Some other fun and completely FREE backyard games included a potato sack race, a three-legged race, and an impromptu game of Red Rover. Because I'm pretty sure it was the pioneers who came up with Red Rover.
All in all, it was so easy, inexpensive and FUN that it was almost too good to be true...kinda like Maddie. As far as daughters go, she's pretty much too good to be true. I am so proud of her and still so in love with my firstborn. The fact that she is halfway to eighteen and striking out on her own is threatening to tear my heart out. I know I don't deserve such an amazing, talented, lovable child, but I'm glad God saw fit to bless me with her just the same.
Happy Birthday, Sweet Girl.