Hello, big five year old!
I can’t hardly believe it.
Hello, birthday celebration at school.
And birthday spankings.
Which are illegally awesome.
Hello, strawberry cupcakes with fake pink vanilla frosting.
Because she likes fake frosting better than real frosting.
My hope, by the time she leaves our house, is that she love Jesus and real buttercream.
In that order, obviously.
Hello, little classmates sharing what they love best about her.
Mostly her special party dress.
And her “eye.”
Hello, Pre-K is the best age in all the universe.
Hello, birthday dinner at her favorite establishment.
Chicken strip in one hand, ice cream spoon in the other.
Hello, sweet party guests.
And beautiful, 80 degree weather that knew it was her party day.
Hello, hat decorating.
Hello, glitter and glue and stickers and sequins and feathers, still all over my floor.
Hello, creative friend who let me steal her idea.
Hello, more cupcakes with fake frosting.
And lots and lots of sprinkles.
Hello, Giants game on in the background.
Hello, gift unwrap assistants.
So eager to see the birthday girl open their thoughtful gifts.
Hello, letting balloons go at dusk.
And then popping some of them on the grass.
Hello, childhood memories being made.
Hello, entertaining older sister.
I love that she inherited her grandpa’s strong party presence.
Hello, bedtime bootcamp.
Hello, explaining for weeks beforehand:
“mommies don’t sit on the bed and wait an hour for FIVE year olds to fall asleep…”
It probably also helped that I shared it as the thing I love best about her in class.
“What I love best about Ashlyn is that she is going to go to sleep all by herself tonight!”
And then her teacher reinforced it.
While she gave us both the sideways stank eye.
But it’s working!!!
Six straight nights of mommy-free bedtime.
With a little help from her lion friends.
Happiest of birthdays, Ashlyn Grace.
We love you.