I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a child as excited for a birthday as Adelaide was on the eve of her 6th birthday. She was practically floating in the air, propelled by squeals of delight. She had high expectations for her birthday, the first being breakfast in bed. I got up early to make her requested crepes with whipped cream and strawberries, and bacon and orange juice. Before I was quite ready, I heard her calling for me from her room in what I can only describe as a high-pitched whistle yodel very similar to how the princess calls her animal friends in the movie Enchanted.
The perk of a Sunday birthday is that everyone was home and presents could be opened early without having to wait for Daddy to come home from work. She squealed when she saw her stack of presents.
She was excited with each one and eagerly tore into the paper. It was really fun to watch. Very few things compare to seeing a truly happy child.
I wanted to take advantage of the few remaining years I have left with a little girl willing to wear mama-made clothes. I made her one dress using a t-shirt she’d outgrown, and two nightgowns out of vintage linens. She was please and I think they turned out cute.
After presents Adelaide helped me assemble and decorate her cake. I was so nervous about disappointing her. She had asked for a wedding cake, just like the one from my wedding, but with flowers instead of polka dots. Knowing my history of making pathetic looking cakes, I was sure she would be in tears. However, by some miracle of magical 6 year-old rose-tinted glasses, she thought the end result was perfect and not a giant white monstrosity covered in tiny pink poops.
I should have a separate photo album for all of my epic cake fails.
After church, Grandma and Grandpa Johnson were able to come up and join us for dinner and cake which was a special treat. At Addy’s request, we had mini make-your-own-pizzas. She wanted to have all the toppings that Mod Pizza has (a restaurant Ben took the kids too a few weeks ago), but seemed okay with the standard pepperoni and such that we were able to pull together.
When it was time for cake, Adelaide was so excited that she blew out the candles before she even had time to consider a wish.
Grandma and Grandpa brought a fun doll house bookcase with them. Addy loved it and Oliver did too which only created a few fights. He wants to do everything Adelaide does right now and you can guess how well that works out most of the time.
Our little Adelaide Leora is growing up. I’m not sure why 6 seems so much older than 5, but it does. It seems like only yesterday that I was carrying her around on my hip. Now she is so long and feels like a string bean when I hug her.
Adelaide loves to dance. She loves all kinds of music and will dance to most anything. She is a natural performer and loves the attention. She wants to try cheer leading, horseback riding, and ice skating too. She can’t wait to start piano lessons. She loves all things girly, including clothes, make-up, glitter and shoes. She spends a lot of time putting outfits together and spends a considerable amount of time posing in front of my mirror when trying to decide if she likes an outfit or not. She is planning to grow her hair out forever and usually has specific hair style requests for me each day. She wants to match what I’m wearing and often waits to get dressed until she can see what I’ve chosen for myself. She has asked if she and I could get matching dresses which is a phase I know won’t last for long. She really wants her ears pierced, but we’re mean parents and are making her wait until she’s 8.
Adelaide loves to draw, paint, and do any and all craft projects. She loves to help me cook, but she has a long list of foods she won’t eat. She loves fruit, crunchy carrots, steak, bacon, sugar, and McDonald’s, and no two foods can touch. It’s a constant battle to get enough food in her, and I’m always telling her that her body won’t be able to grow unless she eats good food. When I measured her on her birthday using our giant wall-mounted family ruler (our birthday tradition) and saw that she had grown 5 inches this last year, and remarked to me, “And that was without eating!”
Adelaide’s reading skills have exploded in the last few months. She can read along with us in the scriptures and does a great job. She is doing well in all of her schoolwork and really likes her science, gymnastics and kindergarten classes at co-op. She loves to hear family stories and is often asking me to tell her stories from when I was little.
Adelaide is full of sugar and spice. Maybe a lot of spice. Ben tries to call her his little princess and she defiantly demands to be called a queen instead. She is a girl who knows what she wants and doesn’t like to be told no. She has a well rehearsed stink-eye that she uses often. Her only complaint from her birthday, was that her brothers didn’t do exactly as she wanted them to that day.
This stormy yet sweet daughter of mine has a great deal of internal strength. It is challenging at times to teach her to use it for good purposes, but we would never want to break it. Her strong will is going to be an asset to her as she gets older. If she can have the courage and strength to choose good in a world filled the opposite, she will find peace and true joy.
Adelaide Leora, we love you fiercely. Thank you for being a part of our family. Just don’t grow up too fast, okay?