I ran 15 miles yesterday. The farthest I have ever made it during my training. Don't get me wrong, that last mile and a half was hard and I wanted it to be over SO badly, but I walked away from it feeling strong with a huge sense of accomplishment.
After relaxing at home for a bit, Jazzie's friends from Ohio Valley Voices started showing up for the slumber party. The girls had an absolute BLAST. We made our own pizza's, decorated cookies to go on our very special slumber party cake and did several crafts. In between there was lots of talking, giggling and playing. Around 11 or so, we got all the girls situated in their sleeping bags and turned on a movie. By 1:15 everyone was asleep. I have to give a HUGE shout-out to my husband who sent me to bed at 11:30 (I was exhausted from that run) and he stayed downstairs to monitor the girls. In his words: "There are advantages to having a cochlear implant. One of them is that you can break up a party in no time flat by removing their devices". Thanks for staying up with them, babe. You are the best!
The girls were up at 8 AM, which I didn't think was bad at all. They played some more, ate breakfast and the moms started showing up to pick them up. I can honestly say it was a big success. I am glad these girls share a special bond. I know Jazzie loves it when she is together with them, because she does not feel different from any of them. She is not the person who is different/the one who is deaf/the one with cochlear implants. Everyone is the same and it makes her so happy :-)
The girls decorated pillow cases which they all signed.
One of the crafts we did was tying water balloons around flip flops. They are time consuming to make and some of the girls were getting frustrated with them, but they are so cute!
Isn't this cake great?
When I saw the cake in a magazine, I knew we HAD to have it for the party. One of the other moms graciously offered to make it and I think it turned out great!