Indeed she is. She is a whole handful (in both senses). She's been with us almost as long as she was without us. Crazy, that.
At five, she's excited for kindergarten, though I suspect it will be a rude awakening when she's expected to actually sit at a desk and focus. At least she quit sucking her thumb and rubbing her shirt before we sent her off. Such a relief.
She is still obsessed with animals of all kinds, dinosaurs, trucks, trains, and planes. Oh, and Diego. I can't complain too much about that last one 'cause she has a scary amount of animal knowledge. Instead, I will offer thanks to the little dude and his rescue pack.
Her lastest obsession? "Inja Turtles." (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for those not fluent in Bea-ese.) I walked into the living room this weekend to find Bea and John doing Inja Turtle moves, complete with "HIIII YAAAAAA" sound effects. I had to leave the room so I could laugh without making her self-conscious. I have no idea where she learned it, but I'm guessing it has something to do with her BFFs being boys.
Speaking of Bea-ese... She cracks us up all the time with her own interpretation of words and syntax. She is constantly misusing words or making up her own. And, um, everything apparently happened "yesterday." "Bea, when did you go to the beach?" "Yesterday!" A few Bea-isms:
- "Mom, tomorrow is St. Patrick's day. That is when the lepers go to the rainbow and find a pot of gold." Personally, I think lepers are more likely to find a pile of noses and limbs and such, but I let her roll with her (misguided) belief.
- "Unicorners have one horn on their head. Not antleaders. Just a horn. Reindeer have antleaders. They pull Santa and so they need antleaders."
- "Hey! That's a macaroni penguin! Macaroni penguins have big mac-and-cheese on their heads. I learned it on Diego."
- "Can I wear my fluffly pants? I love them because they are sooooo fluffly." Fluffly pants are fleece pants. (FYI: This question was asked on one of the hottest days of summer. No, you cannot wear your fluffly pants.) I must confess: We have all taken to using fluffly instead of boring old fluffy.
We felt slightly guilty that we hadn't ever done a big hoop-de-doo party for Bea's birthday; we fixed that by doing a party at the zoo -- her favorite place besides Panera. (Yes, really. Panera.)
Unsurprisingly, Bea chose Diego invites, thank you notes, and party hats. She dutifully put her Diego field journal invites into the "cantaloupes" ("mom, cantaloupes and em-belopes are the same thing.") though her envelope-licking-and-sealing skills leave a bit to be desired.
She had a fantastic time. When I asked her what her favorite part was, she yelled "EVERYTHING!" My favorite part? The zoo did every last little thing. We pretty much showed up, partied, and left. They provided the drinks, the cake, the food, the games, the favors, the setup/cleanup.
As part of the party, the kids got to learn about and touch a bunch of different animals. Dude, I want a tenrec for a pet now.
As it turns out, the Diego party hats were a big hit among all of the kids, regardless of age. While some wore them atop their heads as intended, others found more... creative uses. Like unicorn horns. And a quadraceratops.