Abby’s birthday interview (age 4 and age 5) is one of my favorite annual traditions, and when Jem turned three, I was curious to see what he would do with some of my usual questions. I had a hard time getting straight answers from my two silly kids this year, so I had to be more sneaky, collecting data over the course of weeks of conversation.
Before I got their answers compiled and typed up, I took my blog break and the whole project kind of sat dormant until recently. Now I want to post this before we get any closer to their next birthdays to keep my historical record intact! Many of these answers (and some of my initial comments) already feel out-of-date to me, which further confirms the importance of capturing these fleeting moments.
So without further ado, here are Abby and Jem, in their own words (my additions, when I can’t contain myself, will be in italics):
Lightning Round: Favorites
(remember forever: he pronounces this word “tree-bruh”)
A: “Oh Daddy” (I don’t even know what song this is; it’s whatever 40’s-era song is playing on the radio in the opening scene of the movie The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Why Abby chose this song over the hundreds of songs that she actually knows, I can’t tell you.)
J: “Holy, Holy, Holy”
A: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (she’s only seen the non-scary parts), Magic School Bus, Mary Poppins
J: The Gruffalo, Daniel Tiger, Mater’s Tall Tales
(note to self: teach him what an instrument is)
A & J: pizza
A: Mawmaw’s house
J: the doughnut shop
A: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Pride and Prejudice (“I have not actually started it, but I assume it will be my favorite.”)
J: My Truck is Stuck
What is your favorite thing to do outside?
A: Sit on the porch and read
What is your favorite thing to do inside?
A: Play house with Jem
J: Play Little People
What scares you?
J: Big monsters
Who would you most like to meet?
A: P.S. Lewis (“I want to tell him he wrote my favorite book and movie”)
(That’s my mom. I don’t think he understood the question.)
What makes you happy?
A: Playdates with my family
J: A stop sign
(I don’t get it, either.)
What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: A nurse in Wisconsin
(I swear, she says this just to get a rise out of me. Six years old and she already knows how to manipulate my abandonment issues!)
J: A baker. With a real oven!
What makes you laugh?
A: When Jem makes funny faces
What is your favorite thing about your siblings?
A: I like to play house with Jem. I like that Leah is my sister.
J: Playing house with Abby. Pretending that Leah is Baby Margaret.
What do you like to do at school?
A: I like reading books at the end of the day.
What was your favorite thing about last year?
A: Going to Kingsland (our summer vacation)
J: My two year old class at church
What are you looking forward to about next year?
J: I want to play with you when I am three.
If you could have three wishes, what would they be?
A: A swimming pool, my own computer, and to go to school every day
We celebrated Abby’s birthday in August with both sides of our extended family. She had a great time swimming, eating, and being with her cousins! We didn’t have a party “theme” in any significant way, but we paid tribute to her current obsession with her birthday cake: a “Barbie” cake styled to resemble Queen Susan of Narnia.
We spent Jem’s October birthday with some family friends. We ate pizza and monster cake and let the kids run wild while the grownups chatted.
I’m so glad these two sweet, silly kids are mine!