I have a nine year old. Even though I just typed that out and even though I just kissed her sweet birthday cheeks this morning, I still can’t believe it. She was the first one to teach us how amazing it was to be a parent, the first one to change our lives and show what was really important in life. She’s our entertainer, she’s a lover, she’s a tester (IS SHE EVER!) and she’s ours. Last night, I was able to ask her a few important questions.
So, what’s tomorrow? My birthday.
How old are you going to be? Nine.
Do you feel older? A little bit, I feel very different.
Do you feel taller? A little bit, I felt like I was growing a little bit earlier because my legs started hurting.
Did you have a birthday party last week? Yeah. What kind? A ceramic party.
Was it fun? Yes.
What’s your favorite color? Green and blue
What’s your favorite food that Mommy makes? Pasta. Macaroni. Hot chocolate. Chicken.
Do you like to help me in the kitchen? Yes, I’m your sous-chef.
Have you received any birthday presents yet? Yeah, I got the thing that I really wanted. I got the girl legos.
This past year, a lot of things happened. Can you name a few? You had Clara and I turned 8 and I swam in my friend’s pool.
Did you get a new roommate? Yeah, we traded rooms and me and Noah share a room now.
And do you like it? Yeah. A little bit.
Do you miss your old room? Yeah.
What’s your favorite thing to do? Play basketball, play with my friends and ride the bus.
Can I take you to school tomorrow? No. I was thinking of it but I changed my mind because I like the bus because I like the smell.
Do you smell everything? Yeah, I smell the seats, they smell like plastic.
How much do you love being a big sister to THREE siblings? I loooove it because I’m the oldest. I get to hold Clara a lot.
And how much do you love having a sister? I love it! I’ve been waiting all these years.
Is she very special to you? Yes, she is.
Tell me one thing that you love about your brother Noah? He’s nice and he shares and we play Legos together.
Tell me one thing you love about Eli. He gives hugs, he calls Noah “elmo,” gives me kisses and he watches Elmo.
And Clara? She’s cute and fluffy, in a good way, like soft and smooth.
Does she smell good? Yeah.
What do you think you’ll be when you’re older? I don’t know. A sushi waitress? (tons of laughter) I’m just kidding!
What do you do everyday on the iPad? I check the weather for everywhere in the United States.
What do you love about your Mom? She’s pretty and nice and she let’s me play on the iPad.
What about Dad? He is awesome, he gives us our own computers because he fixes them and I don’t really get to see him a lot because he has work and school.
But when he’s home, he’s pretty fun, huh? Yeah, REALLY fun. So are you, Mom.
If you could do anything in the whole wide world on your birthday, what would be? Give everybody in the whole world a hug.
Happy Birthday to our sweet baby girl!