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The Big 5

I enjoy celebrating all my kids’ birthdays, but there is something special about celebrating the birth of your firstborn. It feels like my celebration too (and not just because Annika and I share a birthday week.) When Annika was born, she made me a Mother, and in so doing, changed my world completely. Her birth heralded the beginning of a new life for Brad and I. So today I not only celebrated the anniversary of Annika’s birth, but the beginning of our life as parents.

There are so many things I could say about Annika – how her personality is so very different from mine, but how she has always been a friend to me when I need it. How we’ve asked her to be more mature than maybe we should expect, but she’s always stepped up for us. How badly she wants to do what is right, even when it is so hard. How proud I am of her as I watch her overcome her fears and tackle difficult tasks. Sometimes she drives me crazy, but I am honored to be her Mother.

Here are her birthday questions (which she has been looking forward to answering since her sisters’ birthdays):

1. What is your favorite color? Pink and purple

2. What is your favorite toy? Barbies and Polly Pocket Princesses and Playmobil and Legos

3. What is your favorite fruit? Apples

4. What is your favorite vegetable?  Carrots and cauliflower

5. What is your favorite TV show? Dora and Diego

6. What is your favorite movie? Barbie Movies and Princess Movies

7. What is your favorite outfit? Fancy clothes. The fancy clothes I am wearing for my birthday – the pink flower sparkly shirt and the pink poofy skirt with the flower on it 

8. What is your favorite game? Princess Dominoes

9. What is your favorite snack? Fishy crackers and peanut butter sandwiches

10. What is your favorite animal? Elephants – that was my favorite animal when I was little

11. What is your favorite song? I’m Trying to be Like Jesus

12. What is your favorite book? Princess books and Barbie books. If not those, Berenstain Bear books. 

13. Who is your best friend? Jacie and Lizzy and Sammy

14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? All of the things! Make snowmen, ride bikes, go camping

15. What is your favorite drink? Juice and Green Smoothies

16. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas and Valentines’ Day

17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Pooh Bear and my water bottle

18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Cereal

19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Cauliflower Soup

20. What do you want to be when you grow up? A chef, an artist, and a photographer

21. What is your favorite thing to do with your sisters? Play with them, but not with toys – like ring around the rosies and being crazy and other stuff you do

22. Where is your favorite place to go? To Germany and to Disneyland

23. What do you love about yourself? That my body can do lots of good things

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  • Monica - Germany and Disneyland sound great to me too anni!! Happy birthday and to you Erica in a couple days!!ReplyCancel

  • Cristine - I can’t believe she is 5!!!! Our babies have grown up so quickly! Happy birthday Anni!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Becky - What a precious interview!ReplyCancel

  • Marilee - What a sweet girl!ReplyCancel

  • Shanda - I love it that she’s fixing the dssiwahher in a skirt!! I remember playing for hours when Lil and I, in particular, were kids. We had the entire basement as our playroom and had so much fun. If they’re like me, they’ll remember the fun and forget the fighting!ReplyCancel

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