Twenty one years ago today, I started kindergarten. My how the time flies by. I was so excited to be starting school. I was nervous that I wouldn’t make any friends especially since none of my preschool friends were at the same elementary school as me. I wanted to make a good impression on the teacher so that my parents would be happy with me. I can remember having such a good first day of school that I couldn’t wait to tell my parents about it when I got home. That all changed when I got in my dad’s car though. He had some big news and we weren’t going home right away. Instead we were headed to the hospital to see my mom and … my new baby sister!
Twenty one years ago today, my baby sister was born. She came into the world 6 weeks early because my mom had gotten pneumonia and had literally coughed her out. She came into this world the youngest of three daughters (me being the oldest) and has taken full advantage of being the baby. In those 21 years, she has accomplished many things and will even be graduating from college in a few short months. Recently, she has started a healthy living journey of her own and really started to take control of her health and happiness. You can read all about her journey on her blog Beating Lean & Greens.
In celebration of her 21st birthday, we went to P.F. Chang’s for dinner. She had the Buddha’s Feast (steamed and without the rice). My boyfriend and I split the Moo Goo Gai Pan. I had an order of brown rice and he had white rice. It was an absolutely delicious meal. The flavor of the sauce was not over powering but provided just enough flavor to be really enjoyable. I am super proud of my sister for her choices at dinner tonight. I know that as a right of passage and a symbol of being “legal” alcoholic beverages are usually the name of the game. She chose not to have any though because it would have a negative effect on her weight loss. I know that deep down she probably regrets not having a drink but I also know that her goals and desires outweigh the regret tenfold. She also chose to not have the complimentary birthday cake that the restaurant gives you. Instead she gave it to my uncle and even got a flavor that he would enjoy. We, of course, sang to her and she did blow out the candle. Happy Birthday Baby Sister!