i've softened in my old age and for scarlett's 5th birthday, i actually tried to buy her things she would want and not things i wanted her to have. it was hard, but we are both growing up fast.
first on the list was anything with disney princesses on it. i'm not a disney princess fan, but then they don't sell Gone With The Wind pajamas. otherwise we would all wear them, and then take a family picture.
secondly, she had been begging for this "hair styler set". since she loves when i do her hair. not really.
thirdly, now i can go to target without her asking to check on the current stock of the hello kitty alarm clocks.
she also wanted a wedding cake for her birthday, but this is as good as it gets these days. i will try again. notice the requisite car on the cake. that's her thing lately. cars on cakes.
then she wanted a big party with horses. when i told her that horses weren't a possibility she told me to just buy some. she's a problem solver. we went for the pool party instead. i don't believe in children really having input on financial decisions anyway.
this year thomas ordered the cake so there were no "bad" words on scarlett's cake. i say if it's in a quote, then it's not that bad.
i'm sure that no one wanted any food i was serving since i was sweating worse than 2 rabbits wrestling in a wool sock in august. it was a delightful 102 at 5pm.
even though there were no horses(i did smell like a horse, if that was any consolation), the party seemed to be a hit.
my little baby and my big baby. they both drool a lot when they see me.
the human toothpick:
scarlett defending her candle blowing out privileges from reagan. i wanted her to use more elbow like i would have done but she only has 1 brother to work with. i became proficient at elbow throwing at a much earlier age due to my experiences with 3 brothers harassing me.
pinatas seem to be our thing for birthdays.
scarlett is a very gracious gift receiver. i love to watch her open presents. she's like my sister heather in that regard. she could be opening a pillowcase and act like it was gold bullion. simple pleasures.
scarlett is my dream come true. i love having her as my daughter. her sense of humor is legendary, her eyelashes are incomparable in length and fullness, her stream of excuses for not helping clean up are always original and clever, her vocabulary is always extensive and surprising. listening to her sound out words when she reads make me want to learn to read all over again. my favorite thing to wake up to is her slurping all the water out of my water cup next to my bed. it's the best way to greet 5am.