From Here to Health

My journey back from autoimmune disease

American Girl Doll Swimming Slumber Party

on July 30, 2013
Finn on her throne

Finn on her throne waiting for the party to start

Is that a mouthful, or what!  But that is the type of party Finn (my daughter) wanted for her 6th birthday.  I was a little nervous, considering I had been keeping 2 kids for friends (plus my 3, of course) of mine for the 3 days prior, but the party went off without a hitch.  Yay!!  The girls were dropped off about 5:00 on Friday night and they played dress up while I made dinner.

First round of dress up

First round of dress up

We had a make your own nachos bar with chicken, organic beef, organic corn chips and all the fixins.  Totally gluten-free, but not exactly paleo.  That was kind of the theme for the food…ALWAYS gluten-free, mostly dairy free, and as little sugar as I could get by with without having a riot on my hands.  After dinner, we did the cake and ice cream thing.  My girl loves all things pink so I made a gluten-free, dairy free strawberry cake that turned out really good!

Can I eat this whole thing myself?

Can I eat this whole thing myself?

We then did a few crafts, the best one being painting t-shirts my mom made for all the girls’ American Girl Dolls.  The girls were so well-behaved and really took their painting seriously.

American Girl T-Shirts

American Girl T-Shirts

After craft time, we all got in our jammies with the intent of watching the American Girl Doll movie, McKenna, but about  20 minutes in, the sugar from the ice cream and cake must have kicked in because they totally lost interest in the movie and went back to dress up and dancing.

All my fancy girls

All my fancy girls

All the girls and all the dolls

All the girls and all the dolls

By about 11:25, I had them all in bed.  I had 2 girls that had never spent the night away from home before so I had to do a little bit of tickling and hair stroking, but by midnight I had them all sleeping soundly.  We got up the next morning and made eggs, sausage, gluten free pancakes and fruit.  We then hit the pool!

Enjoying our Paleo picnic

Enjoying our (mostly) Paleo picnic

We swam for hours. I had the best time with these sweet girls!  No judgement, just total fun.  I got my workout in pulling them around in the pool and dancing on the deck for hours.  We downloaded the soundtrack to Teen Beach Movie and it was a giant hit!  My last 2 girls left at 5:00 and good thing because about 6:00 I finally hit the wall!  Complete exhaustion! But it was totally worth it.  I couldn’t help reminiscing about all the slumber parties my mom hosted for me growing up.  My house was always the slumber party house.  My first one was my 7th birthday and we still talk about it to this day.  My mom let us watch Footloose!  Seriously?  Oh, well…I don’t think it ruined any of us;)  It’s funny how things come full circle.  Sometimes it takes that for me to appreciate all the things my mom did (and still does) for me.  She turned my house into a virtual palace for my daughter’s party.  It was a magical 24 hours that none of the girls will ever forget.  I think we’ll do it again. Next year:)

My Mini Me and her Mini Me

My Mini Me and her Mini Me

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