Happy 5th Birthday!
Yesterday it was our little girl’s 5th birthday and yet again, I’m sat here wondering about how quickly the time has flown by. It’s one of those milestone events and the last five years seem to have passed by in a flash, next thing we’ll know, she’ll be ten. I’m starting to feel old. Regardless of all that, we’re very proud of Mana and her achievements thus far – as any parent would be.
A wall of pink wrapping, all very girly indeed and to the right, the reaction of the birthday girl on opening one of her presents; another Barbie doll. She’s got quite a collection going now. I remember the days when it was all Peppa Pig, now it’s Ken and Barbie getting married every other day.
Her younger brother gives her a helping hand in blowing out the candles on the birthday cake. We even have a special guest with us, Oma. She arrived to the extreme surprise of her grandchildren who knew nothing about her visit.
Although the celebrations on the actual day was the usual quiet affair, this year we are doing things slightly differently. This coming Saturday we’re having a birthday party with about ten of Mana’s friends, so that’ll be rather interesting, if not very loud! I must dig out my ear plugs.
Here we are on the day before the birthday, Easter Sunday. I’ve always loathed Easter as to me it just seems incredibly dire, boring in the extreme and laden with stuff that I simply just don’t care about. If it floats other folks’ boat, then who am I to say otherwise?
Our kids love it though. Here they are painting Easter eggs and giving Damien Hirst a run for his money! Any takers? We’ll start the bidding at £250,000.
And finally on our trip backwards in time, the events of last week. Building up one of the two new bedside tables to replace the others that were ruined by little “elves” who somehow managed to rip the fronts off – by using the drawer handles as a ladder to climb up to our bed.
Look how brave Daddy is, risking his fingers, life and limb whilst holding onto the nails as at first Mana has a go at hammering them in, then so too does her little brother.
ME: Doctor, will I be able to play the piano?
DOCTOR: Of course. I see no reason why not.
ME: Fantastic! I’ve always wanted to be able to do that, now I can.
And that’s it for the family update. Onwards and upwards as they (whoever *they* are) say. Until next time then.
I just wanted to share a little something extra that I found mildly amusing. It happened not long after I posted this entry up.
I’d been dealing with a supplier to get some parts for my next prop and model project and because I needed something quite specific, he couldn’t attend to it whilst on the phone to me and so he said he’d go off and check his stock and then get back to me. Anyhow, when he called back, it was Mana who answered the phone to him and like a good little girl, she brought the phone to me.
As I took it, I could hear the guy chortling to himself. ‘That’s quite an answering service you have there with your daughter. You have her well trained. I especially liked the part where she told me to “hold your horses” while she got you.’ I apologized and explained that often I tell her this when she repeatedly badgers me for stuff – and because of the frequency of this, the saying must have lodged in her mind. Thankfully he took it well and thought it was highly amusing. Still, I was a little red in the face, but as we were on the phone, he couldn’t see that, but I’m sure he was well aware that I was more than just a little bit mortified, even if I did find it funny. I’m still chuckling to myself at the thought of her saying that to him in all innocence.