Sunday, 9 August 2015

I Don't Want to Grow Up: Reflections on Turning 4

Each year I've written a little bit about Molly and Jack on their birthdays. Last year on their third birthday, they were old enough to answer some questions themselves.  Along with their annual "night before birthday" photo, I've added this annual list of questions to the many traditions we want to enjoy with the minions.  Here is what they had to say this year.



Molly rides a pink gator in Florida


Molly Age 4

What is your favourite colour?
Purple and pink

What is your favourite toy? 
Elsa, Ana and Sleeping Beauty Barbies


What is your favourite food?
Pizza and cupcakes

What is your favourite song?
Castle on a Cloud from Les Miserables 
Molly describes this as the song about a princess and her mommy.  Her observations about this entire play (as interpreted through our Les Mis record) are pretty spot on.

What is your favourite movie? 
The Princess Bride

To read about Molly and Jack watching The Princess Bride for the first time, Or The Princess Bride Drinking Game click here.

What is your favourite animal? 
Camels 

After extensive questioning I am fairly certain that Molly doesn't actually know what a camel is.  I asked her if she preferred camels with one hump of two and she told me that camels don't have humps.  

What is your favourite book? 
Snow White in New York 

This is essentially Snow White set in New York City in the 1920s.  It features the seven "Jazz Men" and a poisoned martini along with some other Art Deco twists to the traditional story. 

What is your favourite drink? 
Milk and Water

What do you sleep with at night?
Giraffe, my purple teddy bear and my elephant blanket.


What do you want to be when you grow up? 
"I am already a princess, so I guess I might as well become a doctor too."




Jack enjoying the cherry blossoms at High Park this spring.

Jack Age 4

What is your favourite colour?
Blue

What is your favourite toy? 
Domo 
Domo is a Japanese Monster character that Jack is crazy about


What is your favourite food?
Cupcakes

What is your favourite song?
Iron Man by Black Sabbath 

Whenever this song comes on Jackie rocks out.

What is your favourite movie? 
Jack refused to answer this question, insisting that he preferred television shows (Peppa Pig and Domo)


What is your favourite animal? 
Fox


What is your favourite book? 
Fairy Tales by Terry Jones 

Earlier this spring Chris and I went on a road trip to Chicago for a long weekend away.  While we were there we wandered into a Myopic Books (an amazing used book store) and picked this up as a gift for Molly and Jack.  The stories inside are unusual, fantastic and a huge hit with both kids.  

What is your favourite drink? 
"Bubble juice, Apple juice....Can I have some?  I am so thirsty mommy!"
Bubble juice is our pop substitution....it's simply some juice with carbonated water.  The kids love it and it's a healthy(er) treat.

What do you sleep with at night?
Blue Bear

What do you want to be when you grow up? 
A Dinosaur....a green dinosaur.
I suspect that this is not the most lucrative career choice and that Jack will be listening to Black Sabbath in the basement until he's 40 if this remains his number one option.

To read about Molly and Jack on their third birthday click here.

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