Tuesday, August 5, 2008


Today, my daughter Allie turned 17 !!! What a fun day we had! Allie and I drove across town to Scottsdale Fashion Square for some shopping. We refused to fork out a bunch of money for a high school class ring last year and told her we'd like to buy her a nice right hand ring. Today was the day, and we found a nice affordable one that she loves. (do you KNOW how much class rings cost these days?!!!).

Before heading home, Allie and I stopped at the cupcake store, SPRINKLES! WOW! Talk about delicious! Their website is www.sprinklescupcakes.com. Speaking of amazing cakes and cupcakes, you've GOT to see THIS too!

Allie started marching band practice today, and our family went out for dinner this evening in between her practice and band council meeting. Allie's best friend, Britt was able to join us too!

You know how I've been talking about changes the last couple of days? Here's another one ... my daughter turned 17 and is starting her Senior Year of High School! Whoa! Time needs to slow down ... NOW!
The Riley family ... Drew (13), Nancy, Allie (17), and John


Linda said...

That is a lovely photo of you all Nancy. Happy 17th to Allie...that's an exciting milestone for her. Wow, how about those cupcakes, they are phenomenal.

Kori said...

WOW! 17 that is a great year and a senior year to boot. I remember my daughters 17th birthday also. My Daughter was also in the Band she played the French Horn and I know Band camp is so much fun for them. Happy Birthday Allie and many, many more!!!

Just so you Know Nancy Time only speeds up and it seems to go by so much faster than we like.. My daughter's gets married in a month!!

And My son is starting High School!!

So lets talk about time!!!

Lorri said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALLIE! What a fun day you had!!! You have an awesome family! Have a WONDERFUL senior year!!!

When I saw you went to SPRINKLES, I immediately thought of all the YUMMY CUPCAKE stamps in the new catty! LOL We stampers seem to relate EVERYTHING to stamping don't we?

Love your family picture! Thanks for sharing your special day!


Jennifer Meyer said...

Hi Nancy :)
Just stopped by to say hello & saw it was your daughters b-day :)Happy Birthday Allie! :) Looks like she had a wonderful day and what a wonderful picture of you & your family! :)

Hope you are enjoying your week, thinking of you.

Jennifer :)

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

What a fabulous family photo Nancy! A BIG Happy Birthday to Allie ... sounds like you all had a fun day!!! I know what you mean about time needing to SLOW down!! My "grand-daughter" is 16 and it only seems like yesterday I was celebrating her mother's 16th birthday! Where does the time go??? Thanks for sharing this fun day with us!!

Dawn Easton said...

Oh my goodness...LOOK at that picture of you all...perfect!!!

Happy Birthday to Allie...what a doll!

Oh my word...those cupcakes...yummy! My hips are screaming for one now...lol!

Melissa said...

Happy Birthday to your Cupcake! Thanks for sharing your family with us! Do we get to see the ring too? :o)

Many Blessings,

Marion Crutchfield said...

You don't need to apologize to Ms Anonymous (who doesn't have the nerve to use her real name!). I am an independent contractor with a home based business and do it to support my habit!! Stampin' Up! has been around for awhile and it's reputation speaks for itself! Your comment was right on time and you did an excellent job expressing your views! YOU GO GIRL!!! By the way, lovely family picture!!

Til said...

Oh, how I feel what your saying.....My daughter just graduated from HS this June. When I woke up and realized she was a senior it jolted my heart. I will say this.....Senior year goes by VERY FAST.....It is sad...but the Euphoria you will feel when you see her in the crowd of other graduates in her cap and gown will be replaced by nothing else....it is an amazing day. Enjoy every moment this year....it really does go by fast.

Lynn said...

Nice family photo! Happy Birthday to Allie! My youngest son starts his senior year this year also...time sure does fly! The cupcakes sound yummy!

Alexandra said...

You have a beautiful family Nancy! Happy birthday to your daughter!! And yes, time goes way too fast - my oldest is starting his second year of COLLEGE - YIKES!! Enjoy them while they are still at home, I miss my son so much! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Anonymous said...

Nancy first of all I LOVE your blog!!! Second of all I think we are living parallel lives..lol. I went through what you are going through with going back to work after being home for 15 years with my DD. I was a basket case at first. We only had one car and I had to take the BUS to work. I cried the first week walking from the bus stop to work. But all ended well and I loved my new life and meeting new people and working. I was also a Stampin Up demo and LOVED it but we did need some additional money coming in. My dd turned 17 last March and is starting her Senior year in HS on Monday. We were just talking yesterday about taking a field trip to Sprinkles to check it out because we adore cupcakes. I wish you all the best on your new journey and I know you will succeed in anything you try. Keep up the great work on your blog and keep stamping and all will be right with the world..lol.

Debbie/Tawanda Lives @ SCS
Phoenix, AZ

Inking Idaho said...

Whatcha hidin' back there for? Cute picture! Happy Birthday Allie!

Janet Swofford said...

Happy Birthday Allie!!! I have a 17 year old daughter(Rebecca) starting her senior year ,too. But she's my baby, so I'm staring down the barrel of an empty nest! So not ready for that. My daughter has also been having band camp for the last week and a half. I wish we lived closer, it sounds like our daughters could be good friends! And I would love to stamp with you. You are so gifted! Thanks for sharing your talents with us!!!

Angie Tieman said...

Happy birthday, Allie! Looks like a fabulous time! A friend recently brought me Sprinkles cupcakes, and oh my! Words can't describe...but my hips can! ha! ha!

Jackie Pedro said...

What a beautiful family you have, Nancy! Happy Birthday, Allie!!

Lynn said...

You have such a wonderful looking family, you all look so happy!

Wow 17 and a senior in high school, great memories and a busy time!

Mary said...

congrats on a lovely family and the milestone birthday (for both of you) In addition to being a stampin up nut I'm a jewelry nut too . . . can you share a photo of the ring she picked out?
Congrats on the new job tooooo!

kathleenh said...

Sprinkles is yummy isn't it? Happy birthday to your dd and what a beautiful family you are!

LeAnne said...

Wow, Nancy, I just am getting caught up on reading your posts....lots of changes in your family. First, blessings on your new endeavour. I think teaching is a great job; you can follow your kids' hours and you have the summer off! Second, blessings on your teenage daughter turning 17! That brings a whole new dimension to the family. And thank you, I thought I was the only meanie mother who would not let her daughter get a class ring. And my DD does not miss it at all! Third, blessings on how you inspire us all with your creativity. Keep up the good work, don't let negative comments get you down; you know in your heart what is best for you, your family & your business!
A demo friend,