Rachel turns 11

November 14 – Rachel’s birthday fell on a Wednesday this year, so after school we went to the mall to go bowling at her request.  Later that evening, we went to a big party downtown complete with cake and face painting to celebrate the launch of our friend’s children’s book (http://www.thedragonking.com).  There, everybody sang Rachel Happy Birthday.  On Friday, Rachel’s best friend, who lives across the street, came over with her parents for birthday cake.   The next day, we all went with Maria Amelia and her mom to Planetazul, a water park near Gualaceo about 40 minutes away.  It reminded us of Splash Country, just a bit smaller, and we were surprised to have the place almost to ourselves.  There are slides of all shapes and sizes, tobogganing, a lazy river, pirate ships with mermaids spewing water, water mushrooms…even a poolside bar for adults!  We had a fun day – since her November birthday is hardly ever conducive to an outdoor pool party in North Carolina, it was a particularly southern hemispheric way to usher in Rachel’s 11th year!

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  1. Jack Forehand

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RACHEL ! Grandpa Jack

  2. Christine

    Happy birthday, Rachel!!!!!!!!!!!! It looks like you are having fun. I wish we could be there with you. Do you miss Mother Daughter Club? I want to hear about more of your exciting adventures! Do you like being 11? Everyone in Mother Daughter Club misses you very much. We almost forgot you weren’t coming. We were so sad when we remembered. Hope that you have a very exciting rest of the trip.
    Miss you,
    Esther

  3. David Von Kohorn

    Hi Rachel — Zoë, Lisa and I wish you a very happy birth-day, week, month and all year!! We can’t wait to see you again and hear stories about your trip. We miss you and your family!! — Love and BIG hugs, Lisa, David and Zoë

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