Though it rained (and has been cloudy and drizzling perpetually since) and our plans to play at a local park were dashed rather dramatically, Olivia’s fifth birthday and subsequent party was…sufficient. It wasn’t grandiose or particularly eventful. Birthday pancakes (gluten-free and with sprinkles added) were consumed for breakfast per request. She had a pleasant party turnout consisting entirely of family (we have yet to venture into making long-term friends as she’s not in public school). My second eldest sister was wretchedly late, as usual. That was probably the most difficult to endure, knowing that Olivia hadn’t seen my sister in months but also needed to visit with her father. Andy had to work on both her birthday and the party the day after, so he wasn’t exactly pleased to have to wait an additional hour and a half to see her. Either way, the quality over quantity mentality for gift-giving I’ve adapted in recent years has made for some really well-received and, might I add, beautiful additions to her toy/clothing collection.
Forgive the over-editing. She awoke before 6 a.m. in excitement and the lighting was terrible.
She specifically requested a new dollhouse to replace her cheap (and thoroughly broken) one, the KidKraft Chelsea Doll Cottage [side note: do not waste your money on this. The varnish comes off easily, it’s basically composite cardboard, and it didn’t last me three years with moderate use]. I lucked out on an Amazon deal for this real-wood, handmade, and beautiful dollhouse. It came together splendidly and it is extremely sturdy. I foresee many years of fun with this behemoth of a play structure. (Here is the link if you’re interested–not affiliate.) The photos on the listing don’t do it justice whatsoever. I nearly passed it by until I read the numerous positive reviews and saw a few customer images which displayed its actual size. Definitely worth the dough. She got a couple other things at home (a royal family set for the dollhouse, spill proof paint cups [link here], and a new book) but the gifts which brought forth the most elation were the play dresses my eldest sister gave Olivia. Another Amazon purchase, these dresses are exceptionally high quality. She lives in them, day in and out.
I was hoping to provide her a more extravagant party for her fifth, a la Pinterest mothers of the past, but she was thrilled with pretty much anything, so I count that as a success.
Food–I would say a meal with strawberries, salad (with ranch dressing), and barbecue “bone chicken” (chicken legs) are her go-to faves. Still on the green smoothie bandwagon.
Activity–Painting, coloring, drawing. She’s exceptionally artistically inclined. Building with blocks. Singing. Lyrically, it’s pretty amusing.
Outfit–the Anna dress at the moment (but of course) and the Elsa dress is a very close second. Her pink rain boots with jean leggings and a muted shirt.
Book–Still My No, No, No Day! by Rebecca Patterson. How To Train Your Dragon series is also top-shelf. Invested heavily in Olivia the Pig.
What She Wants To Be When She Grows Up–A mommy, with “lots of kids” (oh, lawd) and, of course, a Princess. If all else fails she’ll settle for what I interpret as a marine biologist (“swimming and looking at fishes and sea creatures”).
Reading Yet?–Nope, though definitely on the right track. Recognizes alphabet, can phonetically sound out letters (confusion with hard c and soft), knows numbers and can do basic arithmetic if I assist with finger counting. Can count into the several hundreds.
Random–Olivia enjoys exercise in any form. Yoga, cardiovascular activities, body weight exercise… She’s very strong. Not a fan of cleaning or organizing, though she prefers to have an open and visually clear space. That means mommy cleans up after brothers a fair bit as she’ll refuse to take responsibility for anything but her own toys. Her favorite cat is still Souxie, that poor patient thing. I will not allow her to watch My Little Pony or anything of the sort, though she did get a brief viewing on her birthday (one of the major requests). “Octonauts” and a new Netflix series with pelicans remain her causal go-to television shows (we definitely don’t turn on the TV or tablet most days). “Peppa Pig” at Daddy’s house.
Overall, she’s an incredibly smart, mature, and well-rounded little girl. I’m lucky to have her. Quite lucky. She keeps me grounded, always.
Happy birthday, not-so-little Spud.
I love you.