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Friday, August 28. 2009
Despite cool temps that would could have dampened many beach goers spirits, we celebrated L's 10th birthday with an awesome celebration. She planned out everything including her cake (and decorated it herself) and it was great fun. The guests arrived at our house in the early afternoon and then we (and a few good friends) took the kids to Feed My Starving Children where we packed meals for two hours along with other volunteers (80 people total). We were able, with the other volunteers, to pack 16200 meals which was enough to feed 44 children for one year. Our group filled 2 tables and we were able to pack 10 boxes which held 36 packages of food with each package feeding 6 people (2160 meals). L had also asked for cash donations instead of gifts and donated $201 to FMSC which will provide 1182 meals and feed 5 children for a year. What a very special way to celebrate a very special girl on her birthday! From there we headed to the beach. The girls had a great time in the water. The boys played in the sand and the adults chatted on the beach while wrapped in jackets. The kids enjoyed water play, sand play, beach volleyball, the playground, dinner and making home made ice cream. As the sun set we decided to head home to eat cake and ice cream (I had also forgotten a spoon to get the well frozen ice cream out of the ice cream maker and a plastic fork was not cutting it!). The kids enjoyed cake and ice cream, games in the dark and a bonfire.