Last week I had a milestone birthday and my daughter turned 17. That's a lot to celebrate in one week! For my birthday, she and I went for a long walk on the beach with Tia. It was grey but not cold, weather which we could really appreciate after our inland summer heat. For my daughter's birthday, there was a birthday treasure hunt (with 17 small gifts hidden around the house each with a clue for where to find the next), time spent riding her favorite horse, friends, a pool party, lemonade, bright paper pom-poms, laughter and cupcakes with sparking candles.