Life pretty much is a constant go-go-go, and so here I sit 2 1/2 months after your birthday, writing your update. Better to write it now than not have one at all, right?
So in November you turned 5. I love watching you grow and learn, but I had been dreading your birthday officially changing you from 4 to 5. Five feels big. It feels like kindergarten, much longer leggings, and (gulp) sass and drama. Four was such a fantastic year with you, and I enjoyed all there is about you, and I just didn't want it to end to start something else that was unknown. Two and a half months later, you're a solid 5 years old, and I know I had nothing to worry about in the matter of your sweetness. However, I see you looking older and acting older all the time, and it makes me sad to think how fast the time goes. I want to always remember your sweetness and innocence.
On to the good stuff! What do I want to remember about you being four?
I loved experiencing new things with you. Many of the things we did this year that we'd previously done, you didn't remember well, if at all. So everything felt new and exciting to you! Holidays are obviously so much with all three of you. Christmas was really exciting last year with you understanding Santa for the first time. The magic of Christmas never gets old! Your first time to the beach this summer was such fun to watch.
We went on a trip with you and Drew to Austin's and Claire's wedding in April, and it was really fun to be able to go and do with a little more independence with Jonah being with the grandparents. We climbed rocks, explored, and just really had a great time. You were a big fan of weddings after that!
At four you loved: baths (bubbles, preferred), skirts/dresses, princess and baby stuff (finally!), dressing up (FINALLY), playdoh, cooking with mommy, playing outside with Drew, frog hunting, the color pink, swimming, playing on the iPad, animals, playing with Scarlett, family movie night, doing school with Drew, shopping at Target, dates with Daddy, superheroes, and snuggling under a blanket.
I love your enthusiasm for learning!
While you do enjoy the outdoors very much, if it's too hot or too cold, you have no tolerance. While Drew will play in the sweltering heat all day, when you open the door and felt the hot blast, you turn right back around for the air conditioning. Wonder where you get that from? ;) You also don't enjoy walking long distances. On Halloween night, we were about 3 streets over when you exclaimed, "Mama! Cant you see my legs are EXHAUSTED?!" You keep us laughing!
We had your birthday party on Friday night, the 13th. I tried to come up with a theme that would capture you. Play-Doh won, hands down! Drew helped me decorate and ready the church that afternoon. We invited your friends from bible class, ordered pizza, made homemade play doh, opened gifts, and everyone except you ate cake. You informed me the day of your party that you no longer liked cake. I have no idea where that came from. I ate enough for both of us! You really appreciate the attention to detail in parties, so I love planning a party for you! You had a GREAT time!
On your actual birthday (Saturday) the boys were gone hunting for youth day. I was worried you'd be bored, but we decorated, cooked breakfast, and played with your new toys ALL DAY. You got to pick wherever you wanted to eat. You picked Chick Fil A! I imagine those cheap dinner dates won't last much longer. ;) You had a fantastic birthday!
I am so, so, so thankful God gave me a little girl as wonderful as you. You are the sweetness of our home, and I'm looking forward to the bonding years we have to come. You are my darling!
Love you biiiiiiiig!