Today my sassy, saucy, fearless daughter turns seven.
Unfortunately, Gabi informed me that there's this rule that you have to listen to the Birthday Girl. (I wish I'd known about this rule two months ago when it was MY birthday.)
So off to the store I went for canned green beans, fried onions and cream of disgusting soup. The funny thing is that Green Bean Casserole is Gilberto's favorite American dish, too, and today is also his birthday. They have been giddy with anticipation. To round things out, we are also having ham steaks, even though Gabi says that Green Bean Casserole is quite enough on its own. Pardon me while I puke a little.
She's also been almost unable to contain herself over the excitement of presents. While we were on our way home from cupcake shopping yesterday, she convinced me that she should be allowed to open a Birthday Eve present, just like we do on Christmas Eve. She then started demanding clues.
Me: Okay, one of them is something that you can carry with you.
Gabi: OH MY GOSH! You got me a ShamWow!
Me: What? Uh, noooo. Not a ShamWow. Why would I get you that?
Gabi: Is it that brownie pan that makes each piece crusty? You know, the section one?
Me: A brownie pan? You want a brownie pan? It's not a brownie pan, but even if it was, you can't carry it around with you.
Gabi: Yes you CAN. In your purse. Wait! Did you get me FUSHIGI BALLS? I've been wanting those since forever!
Me: No! I didn't get you Fushigi Balls! Keep guessing.
Gabi: A PUPPY! No? A lava lamp? You know what I would love? Those really cool hangers that are all attached in a row, and when you hang your stuff on them and fill it up, you take down one end and it hangs down in your closet! It makes a lot more room in there.
A few nights ago I kinda forgot to put Gabi to bed. At 11:30 I ran downstairs to get her, and I think she must've been watching the As Seen on TV infomercial channel for three straight hours. It would explain her excitement about getting a ShamWow or Perfect Brownie pan.
The gift that you can carry with you? Was a Roxy wallet. She reacted properly enough, but I think she really would have preferred something that cost $19.99, and not just for one, but TWO of them. I'll have to keep that in mind for Christmas.
Gabi still hasn't woken up this morning to open the rest of her presents. Her big gift is going to the San Diego Safari Park, and we'll be heading off as soon as we're done with our Green Bean Casserole.