At five, Enna loves pretty, fancy, beautiful things. She enjoys making necklaces out of beads. She wants clip-on earrings for Christmas. She loves it when I put her hair in braids and ponytails. She wants to be a ballerina when she grows up. (And wants me to put her in ballet classes so that she knows HOW to be a ballerina.) She loves Angelina Ballerina and Fancy Nancy books, but also enjoys Geronimo Stilton and other fantasy books just like her brother. She loves to pretend she is a baby animal. The animal changes daily, but is often magical in some way or another. Despite liking very "girly" things, she also has a big brother and so enjoys playing games with the boys at preschool.
She is thoughtful and smart. She currently can easily read books with short vowel sounds. Her preschool teachers often remark about how bright and studious she is. At the moment, she is at the tricky stage where she wants to write and read more than she can. She frequently asks me to spell all the words and it is frustrating a bit for both of us.
She is sensitive and gets upset easily. (I feel like I relate a lot. I remember being the same way.) However, she calms down easily too. It is hard to remain strong when her big eyes pool with unshed tears of utter sadness.
Due to Mr. F being gone the week of her birthday and then Enna also wanting to have a birthday party, we had an extended celebration. They day before her birthday, She celebrated in preschool. (They had a Valentine's party on Valentine's Day and they didn't want her birthday overshadowed.) On her Birthday, I made her requested orange and cranberry muffins with colored sugar on top. She also had flavored yogurt--something the kids have only on rare occasions.
The weekend after her birthday when Mr. F was back from his trip, we had her birthday dinner and cake and family gifts. For her birthday meal she requested meatloaf (which she eats with loads of ketchup), mashed potatoes, and cauliflower. For her birthday cake she wanted, "vanilla cake with pink vanilla icing and white lettering and sprinkles." I made this cake. I used my 6" cake pans which makes a lovely small double cake with half the batter of a normal cake recipe. It ends up being the perfect amount of cake for us. For gifts she was asking for legos, books, a mermaid costume, and fancy stuff (headbands and hair bows.)
And finally, she also wanted a birthday party. I really tried to discourage this as I really dislike the idea of hosting a kid birthday party (this was our first one.) But she would not be dissuaded. We ended up throwing the party two weeks after her birthday. The theme was "Princesses and Dragons." I spent quite a bit of time on Pinterest and came up with the following:
- Foam crowns to decorate.
- Plastic goblets to decorate with adhesive jewels. Used as water glass for refreshments
- Play "Pin the flame on the dragon"
- Play "Slay dragon with foam swords"--jab at balloon tower until balloons are all gone with foam swords which kids got to keep.
- Play build castles with blocks and tiles. Take straws and try to blow q-tips from them. (Most kids did not really have the lung capacity to do this successfully.)
- Fire-breathing dragon craft (glue dots are your friend for this.)
- Refreshments: cupcakes (same as birthday cake, but now in cupcake form), grapes, strawberries, pretzels and water.
- Open gifts
And then collapse after running around for an hour and a half. The kids had a lot of fun, but it was a lot of work even with keeping it fairly simple. I told Enna that she could invite 5 kids. We tried to be clear that this was a small party and to keep mum about it around preschool. However, word got out (from a loud parent), and I had a mom come up and ask me why her daughter wasn't invited. Ugh. That was unpleasant.
I love my little my little friend. She brings a lot of joy and laughter to our family. I love how she becomes more of a person with each year, but also sad that she is growing up and not a baby anymore.