Friday, September 12, 2008

13 Going on 30s

When 13-year-old Kylee joined our dinner group for her surprise birthday party this week, I wanted to let her know that we grown-up ladies can relate to her experiences as a teenage girl. And I knew our group would have a lot of laughs revisiting some of our favorite teenage memories.

Do you remember this "fortune teller" game we used to play as middle-school girls? Well, in our version it became more of a history teller. I put Kylee in charge of the teller to keep her involved in the game. The other guests chose numbers, and Kylee moved the teller moved back and forth accordingly. Then guests chose another number to determine their question.

Here are our questions. I would love to hear your answers! I'll give you mine in the comments section.

  • Who was your celebrity crush?
  • What was your favorite slumber party movie?
  • Share a favorite teenage memory.
  • If you could talk to yourself at 13, what would you say?

My 9-year-old son, Carson, was eager to take a break from working in the yard to remind me how to make "fortune tellers." A 12" x 12" piece of scrapbook paper made our teller a cute addition to the birthday decor.

1. Lay your paper face down.

2. Fold each corner to the center.

3. Fold each corner to the center again.

4. Turn the paper over.

5. Fold each corner to the center again.

6. Fold the paper in half to make a crease.

7. Open the square, and fold the paper in half again to make a perpendicular crease.

8. Open the teller, and ease your fingers into the four openings.

9. Write numbers on the outside corners and questions on the inside flaps.

My younger children were so interested in watching Carson make this teller that I'm thinking we'll make one to keep at the family dinner table for a fun, low-key way to share tidbits about our day.
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