While we're on the subject of birthday wishes. Our youngest daughter Taytum turns 9 in a couple weeks. I sat down with her the other night to get a comprehensive birthday list of things she would like for her birthday.
Mom: Taytum, let's make up a list of what you want for your birthday this year. You can put whatever you want on it.
Taytum: hrmm, let me think. I want a whole entire strawberry shortcake room with strawberry shortcake all over the walls and in my bed...
Mom: Taytum, mommy just custom painted your room for you a month ago remember? You wanted watermelon colored walls and we painted the white birdies on the tree branches?
Taytum: Oh yeah. Well, I guess maybe just a Strawberry Shortcake pillow. That would match right?
Mom: (writes on list- Strawberry Shortcake pillow)
Taytum: I want Room Service.
Mom: Room Service?
Taytum: Yeah, like when you call someone and they bring you whatever you want right to your room.
Mom: Really. Where did you learn about Room Service?
Taytum: On the Suite Life of Zach and Cody.
Mom: I thought we weren't supposed to watch that show, Taytum.
Taytum: Oh, yeah. But I only watched it when you didn't know. and to learn about Room Service.
Mom: (writes down on list- Room Service)
Taytum: (thinks for a minute- then bright idea) I want a diamond dress! Super sparkly with real diamonds. Well not real real diamonds cuz that would be like a thousand zillion dollars, but just kinda real diamonds cuz that would be like a thousand dollars. Is a thousand dollars a lot mom?
Mom: Well, let's just stick with a pretty sparkly princess dress.
Taytum: alright. (silence, and a little disappointed sigh) Mom. I want a new friend. A brand new ALIVE friend. Not a toy friend. A brand new alive friend cuz I don't have one of those.
Mom: That is always a good thing to wish for, let's write it down. (writes down- brand new friend, alive.)
Taytum: This list of things I want is really hard to discover. (She starts looking around the room trying to get ideas) (sees Kanyon) I know! I want Kanyon to be cuter!
Mom: What do you mean, cuter? I thought he was already the cutest thing ever?
Taytum: Yeah, but he'd be cuter with a crown. Then I could wear my princess dress and he could wear his crown and we could be the prince and princess together.
Mom: (writes down- crowns)
Taytum: You know what I love mom. Fashion. I LOVE fashion. Do you think I could be in a fashion magazine? I've always wanted to see my cute face in there... Do you think I could get new hair for my birthday?
Mom: It's going to take a while for your bangs to grow out again, just like the last time you cut them all the way off.
Taytum: hrmm. Well then how about me be a Superstar! Like on T.V.! Like Hannah Montana!
Mom: Well, you could get a karaoke machine and then you could sing like Hannah Montana and see yourself on the video screen.
Taytum: Is that kinda like T.V.?
Taytum: That'll work! Sure.
Taytum: How about a nintendo DS? (sneaky grin)
Mom: Taytum, you're grounded from DS for life.
Taytum: For my whole life?
Mom: You're whole life.
Taytum: Then what about a new game for my Leapster.
Mom: You're grounded from that too.
Taytum: For whole life?
Mom: No. Just for a little while.
Taytum: Then you know what I really really want for my birthday?
Taytum: AA batteries.