My daughter Nee just celebrated her 8th birthday. Because her birthday coincided with Easter, she had and extra special weekend. She began the celebration by visiting the Children’s Museum with a few of her friends. Next, it was Happy Meals at McDonald’s (she really wanted one of the “Aliens vs Monsters” toys). Later, her grandparents came to town and we all had dinner at Outback.
On her birthday, we all attended Easter service at church. I guess turning eight gave Nee some confidence because my normally shy daughter got on stage and recited a bible verse in children’s church. Several parents stopped my wife and I to tell us what had happened. I was so proud to see her coming out of her shell.
That evening, we had a family gathering at our house. Nee’s other grandparents, aunts, cousins, and a few friends came by to wish her happy birthday. She a ton of birthday presents. Nee was most pleased with her High School Musical score: High School Musical 3 DVD, High Musical 3 Soundtrack, Chad and Taylor dolls.
As the evening came to a close, I asked each guest to send Nee a birthday greeting via video. I can’t wait to compile them and present her with the finished product. This video will be something that she will cherish forever.
My wife, K, and I ended the day by tucking Nee in bed and saying a special prayer for her. She told us that she had a wonderful day and was looking forward to next year when she turns nine.
In honor of Nee’s 8th birthday, here are a few more Fatherhood Fragments from Nee’s birthday weekend:
Nee walked into the laundry room and noticed the dryer covered in lint.
“Mommy,” she said with disgust. “This dryer is dirty.”
“Really,” my wife said. “Well what can you do about?
Nee thought for a moment and then replied, “Not look at it.”
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Nee’s grandmother was talking to my son, N, when Nee walked in.
“So what is your new girlfriend’s name,” asked G-Mom.
“Her name is Tami,” said N.
“What would her dad think if he found out that his daughter had a girlfriend?” asked G-Mom.
“He would freak out!” interjected Nee.
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Nee’s grandfather grabbed her High School Musical cup (see aforementioned HSM obsession), filled it with juice, and started drinking out of it.
“Granddad, stop!” yelled Nee. “That’s my cup.”
“I’m sorry, nee. Is it okay if I drink out of it?”
“I guess so,” she sighed. “But now it has man germs.”
P.S. – Feel free to leave Nee a Happy Birthday message.