I heard Lexi's little voice getting closer, and pretty soon a very bubbly and excited little girl was telling me all about her 6th birthday. She loved the Pocahontas princess doll, and the John Smith doll, and the Flynn Ryder doll that L and I had sent. She had invited a little school friend "Mary" to come celebrate her birthday with her, and they went to McDonald's for lunch, and then to Froyo for frozen yogurt. Then back to the house for presents.
And what a richness of presents she received! Strawberry Shortcake, and Calico Critters (a house AND a bunny family and mouse family!) There was more, but it was all too much for me to remember. And then she said "And Mema, all of my presents - they were all NEW!" (I guess, as opposed to the old crap that people usually give you?) Whatever - she was beyond thrilled with everything, and even told me all about her number 6 card that said she was Sassy, Silly, and Sensational. I couldn't agree more.
I wish you could hear this little girl chatter on and on - it's a treat. She told me she was going to graduate from Kindergarten on May 31st, and then she wouldn't be in Kindergarten anymore. She would be having a summer break "forever" - but then her mother reminded her that it was for just 2 months. And when she goes back to school in August, she will take her lunch to school AND a snack because she "won't come home until evening" - at which point Ronna reminded her that it would be afternoon.
She told me that little Skylee is 7 months old now, and getting new teeth, and almost crawling! Startling news! She informed me that the pink blanket she holds now when she wants to suck her thumb is going to be put "into STORAGE, Mema" and that when she is sure she won't suck her thumb anymore she will get it out and give it to Skylee. What an amazing little girl to have such a plan!
She said that Daddy was sick, and so she couldn't kiss him anymore until he was better. I told her that was a good plan because strep throat hurts. A lot. I also told her Papa and I wanted to come and visit in a couple of months, and we would do some playing with those Calico Critters then. Well - she immediately had a plan for that: Papa could be the Daddy and brother bunnies and mice, I could be the Mama bunny and mouse, and she would be the sister bunnies and mice. Obviously she is planning on having our full attention.
I thought back to when she was a baby - she was our first grandchild.
It's always been hard to have their family so far away from us, but we've tried to visit as often as we can. L and I were there for her first birthday,
and we've tried to go to visit as often as possible - they change so quickly!
She was a very happy, very well celebrated 6 year old. It was such a delight to hear her happy little voice telling me about everything, such joy in all of it. Life is pretty good at 6. It makes me even more itchy to go for a visit. I mean, there are new toys to play with, and Skylee is crawling for heaven's sake! We plan to go in June for Matthew's birthday and hopefully we'll be able to find some reasonable airfare.
My dear blogging friend, Darlene, at Robbins Nest also had a birthday today. She is 85 years young. She is curious about everything, intelligent, talented, fascinating, and is a real character to boot. My favorite kind of friend.
I found it such a happy coincidence that both of these wonderful girls share a birthday. They are, each one, sassy, silly, and completely sensational. Happy 6th birthday to Lexi, and happy big girl birthday to Darlene! Lots of love, and best wishes to each of you for many, many more!