This morning, I told Anjali that I would be writing a blog post for her 6th birthday. She insisted that she be the one to choose all the pictures...........
She is going to start taking piano lessons this fall. I have been waiting for this moment since the day she was born so that I may live vicariously through her ..... as is my destiny. Because this is all about ME, right?
After her first dance recital, she declared she was ready for something new. First swimming, and then piano. I wasn't much of a Stage Mom, but I could be a Music Lessons Mom in a quarter note. Totally.
The Butterfly Palace in Branson MO is a yearly tradition for us and each visit is a 3+ hour affair that ends with me begging to leave. This was Manoj's first visit with us and I think he was shocked at the tenacity our kids have for butterfly wrangling.
I cannot express how impressed I was with her bravery at her recital-- not only did she perform onstage on the huge, professional stage at the Lied Center at the University of Kansas, but she SMILED the entire time. She is so shy and reserved in school settings, this was a shock to see her so comfortable on stage.
I love this snap because in her hand are pieces of salt water taffy. We go to Branson every year and she begins talking about the candy store months before the trip. It reminds me of the time when she was so, so small and she declared emphatically to Manoj, "Daddy, food is my FAVORITE."
Speaking of "favortie"..... Her favorite TV shows are the Wild Kratts and the Powerpuff Girls. Her favorite Powerpuff Girl is Bubbles because "she is the creative one." When she grows up, she wants to be "an artistic veterinarian". However, according to her, "you have to go to school to be a veterinarian, but you can't go to school to be an artist. You are either born with it... or you are not". (Captain Subtext guesses she thinks she was born with it.) Her favorite books are Fancy Nancy and Curious George. Her favorite restaurants are Wei-Wei Thai Place and Taco Bueno. For breakfast, she likes to eat waffles or an organic veggie burrito with Cholula sauce. She has a crazy sweet tooth which her father is more than happy to indulge. Her favorite song is Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble". She is in complete charge of her hair, her wardrobe and her fingernail polish (and if it were her choice, she would be in charge of some makeup, too. Argh.) She mostly thinks boys are stinky, except for her brother who is either her best friend or her worst enemy, depending on the hour of the day. She spends hours upon hours in our dining room creating elaborate construction paper masterpieces (and complementary elaborate messes.....)
At night when we snuggle in bed, I tell her the story of how madly I had wanted a little girl ever since I was a little girl myself and how I had wanted a little girl just.... like.... her.
And it is true. She is exactly who I had always dreamed of.
And I still do.