She chose to spend her birthday skiing with a group of families where she is the oldest girl by far but Ivy loves skiing with her five year old buddy.
Then we had a family birthday party with Grandma, Grandpa, one Great Uncle and Great Granny. The festivities ended in a card game where she happily crushed her grandpa’s game and gracefully lost to her dad.
Ivy chatted with everyone from 2 to 96 today and while she has a special birthday treat planned with a friend in the future, John and I couldn’t help but glow with pride at the way our young lady handled herself today.
So mom usually asks us what our favorites are, but this year I decided that I wanted to do it for her. In other words I am taking over mom’s blog for today. And in doing this blog it will hopefully encourage her to do one for us. – Ivy
Mom what’s your favorite…
Color – Red
Food – Potatoes
Meal – Dinner. Wait no, 2nd breakfast
Whiskey – My regular favorite is Jim Beam. My favorite special whiskey is Basil Haydens.
Dog – Goose. Shh don’t tell Trip.
Cat – Gypsy
Person – Dad (John)
Uncle – hmm. I don’t want to answer that. Can we delete that question? Wait, if you are reading this and you’re my uncle, then it’s you.
Author – … that one lady that writes the books I love…
Book – Dealing With Dragons is my all time favorite book, but now I feel disloyal to all the other books.
Cousin – The one who is reading this as well.
Sport – Swimming
Swimming Stroke – Backstroke
COVID19 thing – Capoeira class with the Raizes group in Santa Cruz.
Aunt – My favorite aunt? Are you guys trying to start a family war? (I think dad is).
Animal – My favorite use to be a frog and the theme for today’s for Cool Beans Club is frog drawings so we should do that. But now, it might be a dog… or a goat.
Farm animal that we have – It might be the geese but also the silky chickens. But if you made me choose it would be the geese.
Thing to do inside – I don’t know what to say. I like to… wash the dishes? Nope. Play the piano? Hardly do that… I don’t know.
Thing to do outside – Walk the dogs while taking pictures.
Place to go – Camping (uh…ok?)
Time of day – Time of day? umm 10pm (both start laughing)
Time of year – winter, fall, winter, fall, winter.
Song – I don’t like music (I don’t like that answer. Mostly because I have my headphones on 24/7). Mom: Ok what about I don’t like music that much, I do like the “Whiskey for my Men, beer for my horses” song and “Na ladeira”
Thing to do while we are at school – Enjoy the quiet.
Friend – Sarah (not surprising) for how many years? How old was I in 2nd grade? 8 years old, so we have been friends for 32 years.
Movie – I don’t really watch movies but, probably “French Kiss” because I don’t watch movies.
Thing to do with me – Wash Dishes… JK I like to work out together and I like to yell at you to take your headphones off when I’m trying to talk to you.
Thing to do with Clara – Take care of her pigeons.
Thing to do with Jane – … What do I do with Jane? Wait, do I do things with you guys? Now I feel like a bad mother. Oh wait, she does do the chores with me and that’s fun.
Thing to do with Dad – I don’t know, hang out with him all day, every day FOREVER because that means I can do everything with him.
Thing to do in the car – Currently, since my concussion? Sleep!
Thing to do in your free time – I don’t have free time… eat chocolate in quiet.
Type of clothing – Hooded sweatshirts (me too).
Thing about having kids – um…. Dad “when they are quiet”. Mom “When they do nice things for you like birthday surprises for you and write blogs.”
Flower – Daffodils or forget-me-nots.
Chicken – I don’t have a favorite by name but kind… wyandottes or silkies or any new variety (Dad calls from the other room “So the next chicken”)… Yes
Anything else – Ted the vacuum cleaner (we named out new Robo vacuum cleaner Ted if anyone is confused).
Last week Ivy sat at the dinner table with an attitude of, shall we say… discontent. John ever the problem solver asked, “Ivy, what brings you joy? What do you like?”
(Now mind you, Ivy has recently discover that she can read my blog. This is a new fact of life that I have seriously mixed feelings about but I can assure you, knowing that my lovely eldest daughter will read this sooner rather than later, I speak the truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God.)
… “eating…. And sleeping.”
John and I burst into laughter at this totally stereotypical teenage reply, which was of course totally unwarranted because she was only twelve at the time.
But today she is thirteen.
We now have a teenager in our midst. She likes eating, sleeping and even, when to pressed to answer by the laughter of her parents, reading and drawing.