Abby’s birthday was last week, and last year’s birthday interview was so much fun I wanted to be sure to do it again. Once again, her responses are unfiltered and my comments are in italics. Let me just tell you, keeping my hands off of her answers was no easy task; there are several questions that I am positive she got wrong. But this is the one day that she gets to set the official record, so here it is.
Editor: Let’s talk favorites–
Animal: Killer whales, dolphins, penguins, seals, elephants, cats, dogs
(I’ll give you one guess where we went for our vacation this summer!)
Song: “Great is Thy Faithfulness”
Movie: Beauty and the Beast, Frances
(Editor: “What? Not Frozen?” She would not be moved. The incredibly disappointing “Bedtime for Frances” cartoon that is on Netflix has been banned from her watch list for over six months because she picks up bad habits from it; the fact that it is now forbidden makes her love it all the more.)
Instrument: Drums, violin, piano
Food: Macaroni and cheese
Color: Rainbow, purple, pink, light blue
Place: Children’s Museum (Chattanooga)
Book: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
(She got this book for her birthday from her beloved Aunt Katy, so it’s the one we’ve been reading most often over the past couple of days. I was hoping she’d say Trumpet of the Swan, which we recently finished, or some other book that represents Year Four a little more, but apparently all the great books we read in the past year have gone down the memory black hole with Frozen.)
Editor: Now on to the questions.
What is your favorite thing to do outside?
Swing on the swing we’re borrowing from Mea
What is your favorite thing to do inside?
What scares you?
(Among many other things, especially after 8 PM)
Who would you most like to meet?
What makes you laugh?
When you say things that are not true
(Confession: I did try to lead her to say ANYTHING ELSE for this question, but she would not budge. She did clarify that she’s thinking of “teasing” falsehoods, like when we say, “Look outside at that squirrel!” so that we can steal a French fry, or when we deliberately sing the wrong words to familiar songs. Does that make this answer come across any better?)
What makes you happy?
Seeing my cousins
What is your favorite thing about Jem?
Nothing. All he does is take my toys when I’m trying to play with them.
If you could have three wishes, what would they be?
A new swing
For my cousins to be here all the time to play with me
What do you want to be when you grow up?
(This is news to me)
What is your favorite part of our school day?
What was your favorite thing about being four?
Going on the rides at Sea World
What do you hope to do now that you are five?
Go on bigger rides at Sea World
We celebrated the big 5 with a very small party this year; we invited two families over for pizza and called it a birthday. To comply with Abby’s wishes for a Frozen theme, I made the laziest Frozen cake ever and served carrots on the side (Thank you, Olaf, on behalf of little-girl moms everywhere, for at least one on-theme veggie option!). A great time was had by all, and my stress level and budget remained in check. Take that, Pinterest!
We “celebrated” several other small times over the course of her birthday week. One time Abby pouted because I said no to putting candles in a slice of ham at lunch. Another time when she did have candles, someone asked Abby about her birthday wish. Her answer: “For us all to live together in Heaven, because that’s where Amanda and Sam are.”
It’s this juxtaposition of exhausting childishness and surprising depth that make this age such an adventure! I can’t even wrap my mind around all that we learned, experienced, endured in year four. I can’t wait to see what we’re talking about at this time next year!