I interviewed Taylor this morning for her 5th birthday. The birthday was yesterday, Easter Sunday so we were VERY busy all day. But both kids were begging to go to bed by 6pm so I think it was a successful day!
Taylor is so very grown up it seems, still very emotionally driver, but she is learned the skills she needs to have control when she needs it. Such growth! She will walk me through her process sometimes saying things like "when I am sad I like to draw a picture and that makes me happy again." Or "I pray to God when I am scared that he will help me to not be scared and he does! I will have a bad dream and I pray God will help me not to be scared and then I pretend a happy ending for my dream and it makes me feel better." It is funny to see this process in someone so young, yet she is learning all this on her own and it is working!
Taylor is getting older though, she gets embarrassed when there is romance of any kind around her (doesn't like to see daddy give mom kisses), she hates wearing leggings under dresses, that is our biggest point of conflict right now. She LOVES ballet and art projects of any kind. She will play for hours with her imaginary friends: Lilly, her dog Ruthio and her horse Cherry. I loved that while answering the questions below, she would use "we" instead of "I" in talking about playing - because to her, our family is a "We." Her sister is always involved, I remember doing the same thing as a kid and noticing when others didn't. She is part of the whole and is very happy there, that makes me smile. We have very few toys around lately, since all my kids want to do really is play imaginary games (dress-up, hide and seek, stuffed animal pretend games, etc) read books, listen to CD's and play in the backyard. Could life be any sweeter?
Anyhow - on to Taylor, 5 years old~
What is your name? Taylor
How old are you? 5
When is your birthday? April 24th (Easter Sunday this year)
What is your mommy's name? Sarah
What is your daddy’s name? Ryan
What does your mommy do all day? Ummm....sit? I don't know...(sit!?! Where is she getting this? With a little more prodding and asking the question again...) Cleaning and sometimes playing with us.
What does daddy do all day? I don't know...Well, I know he works all day. Router Table or different stuff.
What do you like to play with mommy? A game!
What do you like to play with daddy? Catch, sometimes daddy runs around and we try to catch him!
What is your favorite color? Pink, and purple
What do you want to be when you grow up? A Ballerina for my job
Where do you want to live when you grow up? Near you guys, if there is any place near.
What is your favorite food? Mac and cheese and Peanut butter and jelly. Those are my favorites because they are yummy. Though mac and cheese is not very healthy, even for five year olds.
What is your least favorite food? Pickles
What is your favorite thing to eat at a restaurant? Sushi (it is true! She asked to go to sushi for dinner on her birthday. Though I have a little feeling she just wants to go so she can see them cook the food on the tables again and so she can feed the fish in the pond outside)
Do you know what church is? Where we go to praise The Lord. Sometimes I call it Sunday School. I love playing there with my friends.
What is your Sisters name? Ayla
What do you like to play with Ayla? Games. Sometimes we make up new games and sometime she teaches me games she makes up.
Do you have any friends? Who are they? Abby and the whole people at my class at school and the people at church.
What is your favorite thing to wear? Dresses, like my new dress.
Where do babies come from? From Mama's tummies. God sends them in there.
What is your favorite show? Aurthur
What is your favorite toy? My balloons, My Birthday balloon, I like playing with it. What if I brought my balloon to show and tell? Would that be silly!?!
What is your favorite thing to help Mommy do? Everything, everything you ask me to. (Really? Even when I ask you to clean your room?) Even if you ask me to clean my room. Though sometimes I cry...because I am happy.
What is your favorite thing to do outside? Easter Egg hunt near Easter.
Where do you like to go in the car? When it is lunch time to a place where we can eat lunch (Ayla: To the grasshopper store Sissy?) No Ayla! Not the grasshopper store!
Where do you live? Edgewood
What do you like about being Five? That I can do things more easily then when I was 4. When I was 4 it was kinda hard for me to do some stuff. It was hard because my hand was kind of slippery so it was hard to snap my fingers. And now I"m five it is easier to do it!
What new things can you do now that you are Five? I can tuck my curtain to the back of my bed and go flying in a plane with Granddad!
Oh Taylor! My beautiful redhead, emotional, sympathetic and happy girl. I am glad you like being 5 so far. And I am so very glad I have you. What a gift you are to me. You teach me everyday how to be a better mom and a better person. I love you very much, let us never stop learning together k?