Jenna LOVES it when we sign up to feed the missionaries. Just a few days after we fed the missionaries, Eva called to ask when we could sign up again. If it were up to Jenna, we’d be feeding them on a daily basis, I think. But I really wasn’t ready to make a commitment for the optional dates which Eva had given.
She had really been pushing for this past Friday, but Beth had already contacted me to see if Roland and I could meet her and Graham for lunch as they were passing through from Ashland on their way back to McMinnville. At that time I didn’t really know how late we’d be eating and so said I would just talk to her on Sunday. Only we didn’t have church on Sunday as it was General Conference. I think she called five times in less than 24 hours. One was to fill in for a cancellation the Elders had made for yesterday.
I told her that we would be at the Pizza Palace between two and four as we’d be having a birthday party for Jenna and had actually planned on mentioning it to the Elders anyway. Jenna was ecstatic when I told her that the missionaries would be coming to her party. I think she had invited over 20 peers – some friends, some just acquaintances. We ended up with 14 people total - six were adults.
Annette had spent the night so that she would be sure she made it to the party. I really don't enjoy when Jenna has sleepovers as she doesn’t sleep and therefore I don’t sleep either. And then I am grouchy. Jenna, on the other hand, is always happy. She says that’s what she is known for by many people – and they admire it.
Savannah's mom went wild with the birthday gift – or giftS rather. In case Jenna didn’t already have a stuffed animal collection going, the gift bag came with a collection starter – five animals I think – not counting the other three or four that Savannah had won for her after they had finished eating.
The first at the top of the bag was an angry faced emoji pillow with a note explaining that “The happiest girl needs to know what ‘mad’ looks like."
Jenna enjoyed the company of her friends and shared her wealth. When she presented the Elders with coins, they declined and said not only was it against the rules to play the electronic games, but they couldn’t in good conscience accept the money either. That went for the huge stack of coins that Savannah’s mom had placed in front of them – possibly passing out more coins for the entire teenage crew than Richard had.
Roland played chauffer to several of Jenna’s friends. Kylee spent a few hours with Jenna before we took her home. She would like to do a sleepover. I don’t want to deprive her. Perhaps if I have enough notice, I can take a nap before she comes.
Jenna did not get her rainbow on her birthday, but did get one on the day of her birthday party. For after we returned from taking Kylee home, we found a rainbow at the end of our street. Battery in my camera decided to quit at her party and Roland’s phone needed to be charged. So Jenna took my cell phone to take pictures. When we were viewing them on the monitor, I realized that it had been a double rainbow as there was a faint mirrored image in several of the pictures.