“Our son’s name will be Xavier Alexander Cavanaugh,” Treat announces.
We clap and cheer, and before we dig in to eat, little Ava decides she too has something to say. We all look her way as she clears her throat and in a very clear and serious voice says, “Daddy is marrying Honey Mom, and I will be the flower princess, so when Savior comes, he can walk with me.”
We all laugh at how she says Xavier’s name. It sounds like savior.
“Well, what if I want to walk you down the aisle, precious,” Finn says, smiling over at Ava. She looks at me as if asking for permission.
“Honey Mom, can Finn walk me and Savior?”
“Kay, I’m hungry, I want to eat the chocolate chip cake we made.”
“After dinner. Right now, we’re eating this.”
My maternal instincts haven’t exactly kicked in, but I see the beginnings of tears shine in Ava’s beautiful eyes.
“I don’t like it,” Ava whines.
“You haven’t even tried it,” I say back. She’s never done this before, but JoJo, who has kids of her own, did warn me. Little Ava is testing her boundaries.
“I don’t want to try it.” She’s in full pout mode, and Jackson looks at me. I can tell he’s about to give in. I shake my head at him. He better not go there.
“You mean to tell me, you don’t like dragon meat?” Sawyer tosses out.
“Dragon meat?” Ava says slowly.
“Yeah,” Finn agrees. “Dragon meat, complete with tree arms and red taters. Anna even made moons berry bread. All the princesses and faeries eat this.”
Ava’s eyes go big. The twins really know how to work it. I need to take a page from their book.
“Really?” Ava is starting to get excited.
“Yeah, really, and the cookie cake we made is a recipe I got from Princess Elsa,” I say, in hopes she’ll agree.
“Oh, yes, I remember now, ‘cause, you’re Elsa’s sister. Right, Honey Mom?”
Everyone stares. I get it. I’m not Anna from Frozen, and in little Ava’s head, she knows, too, but we’ve watched Frozen a million times.
“You mean to tell me; I’m marrying the Princess Anna?” Jackson jokes.
“Yes, Daddy, you stole her from Kristoff because he and Olaf are on a secret quest to find the Easter Bunny.”
Ava is deadly serious. We’ve had many conversations surrounding the secret quest. Indi is smiling, trying her best not to laugh, and Jackson and the rest of the men at the table are clueless. Jackson’s watched Frozen once, maybe twice. I’ve been subjected to Frozen nearly every day. I have to make the movie interesting.
“Well, I guess I’d better take extra care with our Princess Anna.”
Ava nods her head sharply before looking down at her plate. She looks up to Finn and Sawyer and whispers, “Is this really dragon meat?”
Both brothers nod their heads, and we watch as Ava sets in to eat her dinner.
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