Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy

I worked ten hours without a lunch break yesterday. I stayed up late baking cupcakes, and I was up at 4 a.m. so I could get them frosted before having to head out this morning. I found out yesterday afternoon they're doing the glucose tolerance test on me at the OBGYN today, so I've not been allowed to eat anything since midnight, and likely won't be eating until 11 a.m.

But I have no time for self-pity, for today...

The-Four-Year-Old becomes The-Five-Year-Old.

It's amazing how fast five years flies by.

Here's a picture of her aged about seven months or so. As you can see, her love of books started early.

Here she is almost aged two. She picked up her fashion tips from her father.

What's most amazing to me is that she was born less than two hundred miles from where we live now. Considering how much we've moved in the last five years, I never would have imagined we would be so close to where she was born.

My darling child has only asked for three things for her birthday.

A chess set.

A chocolate cheesecake.

She's getting all three.

TFYO has been asking for a chess set since last summer. When I told her she was too young to have a chess set, she said she'd be old enough when she was five. I told her if she still wanted a chess set when she was five she could have one. And she's been reminding me of that promise ever since.

When I asked what she wanted for dinner, she said Carrabba's, because they sing "Happy Birthday" in Italian to you.

And when I asked what kind of birthday cake she wanted she said "Cheesecake, a chocolate one, with blue writing. But the writing has to be blue, okay?"

And that's all okay by me.

Happy Birthday, dear one, I hope you enjoy it.


laurie said...

a wonderful, sweet, intelligent face on your little one.
happy birthday to her!

and here's proof that five is not too young for chess.

go here and scroll to the bottom picture.

happy birthday!!

auntie barbie said...

Happy Birthday Beautiful!

She sure has changed her looks over the years. Hope you all have a wonderful day and have a piece of cheesecake for me.

p.s. your dad taught me to play chess when I was about TFYO's age.

Anonymous said...

She's a very sweet little girl. You're very fortunate. Happy Birthday1

Kaycie said...

She is gorgeous. And a girl right after my own heart. I love Carrabba's and I love cheesecake.

I hope she has a wonderful birthday.

The Rotten Correspondent said...

Happy, happy birthday FIVE year old. That's a terrific picture of her.

Enjoy the chess and cheesecake and the Italian singing. Maybe even all at once!

Jill said...

I remember when I came down to visit in TN, and her name was not (insert her name here) but it was Miss Fussy Pants. Happy 5th Birthday! Auntie Jill will see you soon (with belated birthday present in suitcase!!)

Diana said...

Happy Birthday, TFYO, Happy Birthday to you!!!

Girl has taste, yes she does! (Brains and beauty, of course.)

my two cents said...

Happy Birthday, TFYO!! Five is such a wonderful age, and she is such an amazing girl. I love all the things she wants and the reasons she wants them. What a great kid. Hope you have had a fun day!

Jo Beaufoix said...

Jen, she is so beautiful, and those eyes are just amazing.
Hope you all have a wonderful day together, and look at you with the 10 hour shifts, cup cake making, and 4am start. Super mum or what. x

Teresa said...

She sounds like one smart cookie! I've known kindergartners that are learning chess. It is possible!!
Yummy cheesecake! What a good choice.
Happy Birthday to the BIG five year old!

Dumdad said...

Bon anniversaire!

What lovely photos.

But how quickly the time slips by?The next five years will go even faster - Princess Perfect was 10 last month. I can hardly believe it.

I hope your daughter has a wonderful day.

PixelPi said...

OK...are you like breeding small geniuses? Chess at 5? I'm not sure I could play Candyland at 5.

I was particularly impressed (and salivating)over the cheesecake with blue icing.

But honestly, how many 5 year olds want their Happy Birthday song in Italian to go with their chess set?

Anonymous said...

Ah, what a lovely young lady, and with brains besides beauty. I'm always impressed with chess players of any age - anything more complicated than Cribbage is baffling to me.

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