Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Girl Named "4 years ago today..."

Dear Kylie,
   4 years ago today, your dad and I were preparing for you to enter the world and change our lives forever. We had no idea what it was going to be like to have a baby. When you finally came, we couldn't believe it! You were so beautiful and we instantly fell in love. Since then, you have grown into a beautiful, SMART, funny, caring little girl. You are the best big sis, you are always taking care of Claire and worrying about her. You love reading, and you can already read some books! You are quite the little artist, always drawing elaborate pictures of dinosaurs, flowers, and your family. You are SO smart, you are always asking questions about things and using reasoning I didn't know a 4-year old would have! You are very cautious in every situation - you think things out and you don't like to take risks or do things that scare you. Once you have made the decision to try something though, you always love it. You act like you like watching movies, but you usually only  make it through about 30 minutes. You love playing on the iPad, and would literally play for hours on the computer if we'd let you. You have a zest for life that most adults wish they had. You are always excited, and always learning. You love playing on the playground, going to Jump Mania and the Discovery Center. You like to pick out your own clothes (even though mommy doesn't always agree with your style!) You love princesses and dressing up. My favorite thing you do right now is put on a "rock & roll show" - you dance around and say "Oh ya! Oh ya!" You don't like most foods - you will mainly eat "chips and cheese" from Mexican Villa, Totino's pizza rolls, and sometimes chicken and fries. You will not try a new food, you absolutely refuse - even if you will get ice cream afterwards! Your best friend is Aaron, but next week you will start your new preschool, so you won't see Aaron every day. But I know you will make a lot of new friends, and you will learn so much! You are really excited to start your new school, and I know you will love it. 
   I am so lucky to be your mommy. I love you more than anything, and I am so proud of the sweet smart little girl you've become. I can't wait to see what the next years hold for you! Happy Birthday sweet girl, I love you!

Girl Named Mommy

P.S. I can't get the pictures to line up, so they're all wonky. :)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Girl Named "My baby is 2!"

Dear Claire,
   I can't believe 2 years has passed since you were born! I fell in love with you the second I saw you, and fall more in love each day. You are so cute, and so smart, and so funny. I can't imagine my life before you. You are such a big girl now - you're favorite phrases are "I do it!" and "I did it!" - you're VERY independent. You ask "why" after everything we tell you, and you want to do everything big sis does. You can count to 5, and say MOST of your ABC's. You know that you're "2" and you tell everyone. You have no fear, you will slide down the biggest slide into the pool or at the playground, you will climb something 10 feet tall without hesitation. Both of your knees are scarred and constantly have scabs on them, but you don't care. Nothing phases you. You will eat almost any food, and try anything once. You love baby dolls, and you LOVE dressing up! You wear a necklace almost everywhere you go. You aren't a big fan of reading books yet, you have too much to do and would rather be running and playing than sitting and reading. You love Dora (you call her "Bore"), and you love watching "TB" and "mobies". You are getting ready to start your new school next week, and I can't wait to see how you grow and learn, and how many new friends you make! You are almost potty trained, and I think when you start your new school you will learn quickly. Kylie is your best friend, and you follow her everywhere and do everything just like her. As soon as you get up, you look for her and you kiss and hug her every night before bed. You are so loving - I call you my monkey because when I try to put you down, you wrap your little arms and legs around me like a monkey! You love to cuddle and be held (by mom), and I love holding you! You give hugs and kisses all the time. You would rather sit on my lap to eat dinner, and eat off my plate instead of yours. You love "chips and cheese" from Mexican Villa, and we go there once a week, and get mints afterwards! You love the slides at White Water, and floating in the wave pool. 
   I can't wait to see what the next year brings, and how you change and grow! You are pretty small for your age right now - you are much smaller than Kylie was at your age, which has proven difficult when trying to recycle clothing! You are my little girl, and you will always be my baby, no matter how old you are. I am so blessed to have you, I love you more than anything! Happy Birthday sweet girl! 

Girl Named Mommy