Lane turned five last week.
Not one to be generally sentimental about stuff, I didn’t intend to post much (if at all, given my track record lately) on it. But Kate has this weekly thing going on, so I thought I’d join in this week as I have a couple times past and wax a bit sentimental on the occasion.
We celebrated her birthday with a two-part party; first we had some of her friends over for a couple hours. Luckily the weather cooperated, because the planned activities revolved largely around the inflatable waterslide that was part of her birthday present from us. It was a huge hit, aside from the small issue that our outdoor water supply is well-fed and is COLD. The adults took turn pinching the hose so the kids didn’t get too blasted with cold water as they made their approach at the top. The only downside was that the slide we got is only for kids up to seven, and there were definitely a few adults (myself included) that wanted a turn. That thing looked fun! If this slide gets a lot of use, then she might be getting a much bigger one for her sixth or seventh birthday. 😀
After a couple hours, the kids and their parents cleared out, and the ‘adult’ party got started. I say ‘adult’ but it felt like there were just as many kids around. I say ‘adult’ because the invitees to this part were the choice of me and Frank — his parents, my dad and stepmom (have I mentioned my dad just got remarried?), our neighbors (who have kids), and a few of our friends from college who don’t live to far away who all have kids. We rolled out the alcohol, and barbequed, and just had a nice time. I made a Tinkerbell cake for Lane, and I must say it came out pretty well.
All in all, it was a great day.
And, Lane turned five. Again, I’m not a very sentimental person, but it really is amazing how she’s growing and maturing. We still have our issues… the girl is obstinate, stubborn, and strong-willed. She’s very opinionated, and very vocal with those opinions. We’re working on helping her be a little more go-with-the-flow, but she often tests our patience. At the same time, she had both a dentist and doctor appointment in the last couple weeks, and both went so much more smoothly than previous visits. She was cooperative, and brave, and barely bothered by her polio and DTaP boosters. We’ll see how well she does next week for the first of two additional dentist appointments to fix the cavities she has (*blush* — but in our defense, the dentist said that a couple of them (between very tight molars) probably would have happened no matter how vigilant we were), but I was really proud of her in these situations, which when she was younger would make her completely stressed out and shut down and uncooperative. And, she’s 43 1/4″ tall — less than 5 inches shy of being 4 feet tall! I can barely believe my baby could be so tall.
She’s such an awesome kid, living every moment with all the strength of her emotion and all the energy she can muster. She’ll be starting kindergarten in the fall, and I simply cannot wait to see what that new adventure brings for her. Love you, monkey. 🙂