Maggie turned 15 today, officially, although Ian couldn't stand it anymore and told her what her present was on Monday. By the time I got home from work at 11:30 a.m., they had already opened it up and had friends over playing Rock Band. It hasn't been quiet in the house since! As you can see at the bottom of the picture, her friends have come over and been bringing wigs and costumes to rock out in.
Here it is, 10:30 at night, and we still have a basement of teenagers.
But let me talk about Maggie. Except for the sibling rivalry between the girls, Maggie is full of life and laughter. She is a joy to have as part of our family. Even her friends commented this afternoon that they love it when she's around because she laughs at everything (and her best friend, Anna, said that being in our house had the same effect on her as she laughs whenever she comes over). Her dad and I love that we tell her a joke and about 15-20 minutes later, we hear her laugh and say, "I get it!". She is so loving and tender with Griffin and a good listener to Ian. She sets an awesome example of modesty for Ellie and all her friends. When it was 107 in Italy and we were sweating, I said to her, "Maggie, you don't have to wear 2 tank tops under your shirt. It's okay." She responded, "Mom, modest is hottest, and if that means literally, then that's okay." I couldn't believe it. She tries so hard to do the right thing and is always aware of the influence she has with others by the choices she makes and the example she sets. We love you very much, Maggie, and are grateful to have you as part of our family.
P.S. I'm locking you in the house for your 16th birthday!