Sophia's birthday was also back in May, but we didn't celebrate it in May either. She wanted to wait and celebrate it with her grandparents. So when Brandon had to be in Bukhara for a work conference on Sophia's birthday, it was okay because she'd already decided to delay her birthday. Ironically, we celebrated it on Brandon's birthday, so this coming week will be his birthday, observed.
But despite my insistence that her actual birthday was just a regular day without any special celebrations, when friends showed up we decided to make an evening of dinner and swimming together as both husbands were out of town and couldn't say no. Sophia's friend had baked banana bread for her birthday, so we ended up singing to her anyway and she did indeed have two birthdays. I guess that's what she gets for being a reasonable child about moving her birthday around.
On her birthday, observed, she got to have all the food preferences she wanted - coffee cake for breakfast, eggs benedict for dinner, and raspberry baccone for her cake. For her fun activity, we went to a local water park where she repeatedly badgered the lifeguards into letting her ride the 'adult' waterslides. The weather was better for water parks in June than in May, so she probably came out ahead in that respect.
I can hardly believe that Sophia is already fourteen. When Kathleen hits the big milestones, I seen them coming from a long way off. But then Sophia sneaks up behind her and hits them less than two years later and I'm surprised every time it happens. She will be in high school in the fall, and then I will have two children in high school, which really spells the end of my run as a mother of young children.
I'm not concerned at all with her ability to handle high school and the harder classes that she'll be starting in a few months. She has, through a lot of hard work, learned to be quite diligent in all her school assignments, and I never have to worry about bothering her to get anything done. It's always a relief to me to know that there's one child I can count on to be dependable and reliant even if everyone else is falling apart. I probably lean on her for help more than I should because she is not only capable but also willing to help out, especially with Elizabeth. Elizabeth will sometimes call me "Sophia" because Sophia spends so much time with her and really loves it (mostly). On Sunday mornings Elizabeth will come down dressed in a pretty church dress, complete with hairstyles and jewelry because Sophia wanted to dress her up.
Everyone is happy to have Sophia in the family, and it showed when all of her siblings that have money bought her a present for her birthday. I look forward to continue watching her grow and become even more amazing. Happy birthday, Sophia!