When Teensy turned two, she celebrated with a devil's food cake decorated with Barney. This year, her request was a strawberry flavored cake with strawberry icing. I've sent out a saliva sample for a DNA test. I mean, surely no daughter of mine could actually want a cake that doesn't have an ounce of chocolate in it. For years I have accepted and loved this child as my own, without question--defending her biological link to me even though she sports blond hair and blue eyes--but this strawberry cake business is too much.
I mentioned to one of the missionaries at church today that it was Teensy's birthday. The sister asked Teensy how old she is now and Teensy promptly held up one hand, then got a look of extreme concentration on her face as she began to wiggle her fingers. I had a good chuckle when the light bulb went on for both of us that she now needs two hands to show her age with digits. One of life's little wake-up calls.
My Teense is a treasure. I love her so! She really has her own personality, let me tell you. Sometimes, I think she was born a teenager--with her innate love of fashion, tall boots, and make-up. She's spunky, spirited and good at everything she tries.
For her big day this year, she got a scooter, an umbrella (she's been coveting the one Kenna got for her birthday) and a pair of boots. I just realized yesterday that both of my September girls got boots for their birthdays. Kind of funny.
Marlee was most giddy to sit with me for her birthday interview. Without further ado:
What was the best part of being five?
Snuggling my mommy when I had nappies...before kindergarten.
(We really do miss each other during the day. For almost six years we were bosom companions and now...we're not.)
What do you think is going to be the best part of being six?
Umm...I don't know.
What are your favorite activities?
Family Home Evening
(How cute is that?)
What else do you like to do?
I like to be with my mommy. I like to play horsies with my friends.
Which sports are your favorites?
Which outdoor activities are your favorites?
I have a million...go to the pool.
Give me three words to describe your room.
Pink, flowers, playroom
What was your favorite birthday present?
What is your favorite thing to hear Mom say?
What is your favorite food?
For dinner or for treat?
For dinner--those things that we're making tonight--homemade patties. And for treat it is doughnuts.
("Homemade patties" is Teensyspeak for "turkey burgers." Marlee is our resident patty-maker, a job she adores so much she requested that she be able to do it for her birthday.)
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be a cheerleader.
What is your favorite book?
Piggie and Elephant
(This is actually a series of books, including this one, which she read last year and fell in love with. They really are great easy readers.)
What is your favorite movie?
Favorite movie? It's hard to pick...well, my favorite movie is Princess Diaries 2.
What is your favorite thing about your mom?
What is your favorite thing about your dad?
OH, he's AWESOME!
Never let it be said that this child doesn't love her daddy mucho much! Here she is trying to go in for an open-mouthed kiss when she was just barely two years old:
I do feel so lucky to be this child's mother; she is a joy and delight.