It is hard to believe we have been parents for five years. Ana chose a princess theme this year, and instead of a party with friends, we invited our close neighbors to eat a meal of Ana’s choice, and took cupcakes to school on her actual birthday.
Here are some highlights from the celebrating:
1. You wanted a princess theme so we bought lots of stickers to use as decoration. Your large princess poster from Christmas served nicely as decoration on the wall.
2. You wanted chocolate cake with peanut butter cream frosting. You had never tried peanut butter frosting, and I never suggested it. But that is what you chose, and I was happy to make it for you (I love that combination).
3. I asked you what you wanted for your birthday meal and you requested Manuela’s Atomatada. “You know you’ve lived the majority of your life in Arequipa when…” That is Momma’s favorite Peruivan dish so I didn’t mind that selection at all.
4. Since you didn’t have a party with friends, I told you I would make cupcakes for your class. You were so excited. I asked your teacher the week before how many students there were (thinking 10-12). She said, “28 and 2 teachers.” You were so excited, though, so I made 34 cupcakes! For you, it was worth it. But I was sick of baking cake by that point. Your cupcakes were chocolate with buttercream frosting and sprinkles.
5. You received some nice gifts. Nadia got you some stickers and new glitter glue. Anita got you an Iberica chocolate bunny. Alex and Staci got you a brand new princess lunchbox. Gram and Pop got you a Rapunzel set for your dollhouse, and Daddy and I got you 2 new box sets of Junie B Jones and 1 box set of The Magic Treehouse series.
6. After school on your birthday I had planned to take you on a surprise date to the 5 star hotel to swim with one of your gringa friends, Baylee (who turned 6 on your birthday). It was too overcast and cool so we went and ate together and got ice cream afterward. Here you are with your frsh fruit juice of maracuya and strawberry. Yum.
P.S. That crown you are wearing in every picture came with a Barbie that Areli bought for you. You wanted to wear it for every birthday festivity. 🙂 You are such a girl!
Things about you as a 5-year-old:
1. You are so independent as a 5 year old, and I think that has so much to do with our lifestyle. You started going to school every day when you were 17 months old, you have learned to adjust to the culture of our family and the culture of Peru. You know 2 languages. You are constantly meeting new people whether they are visitors from the states, interns, other missionaries, Peruvians in the church, Peruvians just coming over to visit, etc. It is our norm, but when Pop was here, he commented on how independent you are. I can totally see it.
2. You are a great big sister. You love making Maggie laugh. You two have giggle wars when you are supposed to be going to sleep. You love playing “baby and momma.” You two have gotten married several times where you have been the novio and the officiant. Making a tent from every random blanket you can find is not abnormal.
You love asking to go to Cohen’s room when he has woken up, and you can get Cohen to cackle at you like no one else. He loves you so much. There are times when I need you to watch Cohen. You are already a wonderful baby sitter. Sometimes you say, “Mom, not again. I already watched him.” You are SUCH a big help to me with your siblings.
3. You still love art. Daddy asked you what extra class you wanted to take at school. There is dance, cooking, art, soccer. You requested art without hesitating. It doesn’t take you long at all to use a pad of paper. You immediately started making thank you notes to people after your party.
4. Princess Memory and Strawberry Shortcake Memory are 2 of your favorite games to play.
5. You have discovered The Incredibles. That is your favorite movie right now.
6. You are a fashion diva. You do things in your own artistic way (like wearing a scrunchie on your bicep as an arm band). You crack me up some days, but you are confident in “looking cute.”
7. You enjoy taking a bath with Maggie, but you have started requesting more showers. This is a sign that you are older.
8. Reading Junie B Jones with Daddy at night has become a bedtime ritual.
9. There isn’t a day that goes by that you don’t ask for ice cream or candy. You have a serious sweet tooth. You are also a bottomless pit. You will eat all of your lunch, eat a banana or apple 30 minutes later, want a peice of bread 30 minutes after that, etc. Your metabolism is incredible.
10. You seem to be built like me… short waist, long legs.
11. I always sing 2 songs at night, your request and Maggie’s request. This last month you have been requesting a song that you have made up. It is most always to the tune of “Oh God You Are My God,” but you make up the words. You refer to God as your King and Queen which I think is absolutely beautiful that that is how you see God. It is usually always a song of praise to God for who he is and what he does.
12. When you pray, you always pray for the kids that don’t have mommies and daddies and the people that don’t have houses or clothes. I used to wonder what bringing you to Peru would do to you. I am amazed at your worldview, and your compassion for the poor. You are such a beautiful example of this to me, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
13. You can’t wait to see your cousins and grandparents when we go to the states. You mention them a lot like you think a lot about them.
14. You love having a count-down calendar for special dates. You religiously mark the days off every morning.
15. You are such a beautiful young lady, and we are so proud of you as our first child!