Friday, April 29, 2016

Photo Friday

Sweet Pea is finally interested in her bike! Now when CC is at preschool, we frequently go on bike rides in the neighborhood (me walking, Sweet Pea and Little Man riding).

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Birthday Weekend

The rest of the big birthday weekend was fun and eventful. We hung out with Grandma and Grandpa; CC opened her presents; and MJ measured her on our family growth chart (she's grown 2.5 inches).

But the big news is that CC got her ears pierced! She's been wanting to do it since she turned four, but when we took her last spring, she backed out at the last minute. So we told her she'd have to wait until she was five before trying again.

This year, she kept telling us that she wasn't going to change her mind. Yeah, right, we thought. But she climbed up on the special chair, picked out the ones she wanted (rainbow-colored flowers), and waited patiently for her turn. I had MJ take a picture of us together right beforehand -- her last picture with no earrings!

CC sat as still as a statue while it was done. She didn't react in any way, and I wasn't sure if she was stunned, or in pain, or what. But then she asked for a lollipop, and I knew she was fine. Ha! The woman in charge told her that most five-year-olds cry, so CC is very proud of herself for being tough.

Afterwards, CC got some comfort and praise from Grandma, and we went home for naps.(Since then, she's been telling everyone she sees about her earrings!)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Princess Party Extraordinare

Before she even turned four, CC had decided that her fifth birthday party would be a princess party. And not just any princess party: a pink princess party. Really pink. With only girls in attendance.

Well, that last point was negotiated. She has a brother, a dad, uncles, grandfathers, and boy cousins who she wanted there, after all.

Me, whose least favorite color is pink, who has never loved princesses, and who said (in the delivery room when CC was first born) that she would never do anything pink or princess-y, was in charge of making it all come together. Oh, karma, you got me good this time. But if a pink princess party is what CC wants, then that's what she'd get. Go big or go home, right?!

It was actually really fun to plan. We invited all the kids to wear royal attire, and it was cute to see the little girls running around in their princess gowns. (There was a knight as well -- yea for Bryson! -- plus, adorably, an astronaut). 

We had castle-painting (birdhouses from Michael's), crown-decorating (even Grandma and Grandpa got in on the action!), a make-your-own cupcake bar, and all kinds of pink candies for favors. The weather was fantastic -- not too hot, thank goodness -- and the kids clambered all over the swingset. Pepere even stood on the slide to let all the kids fly under him.

We ate pulled pork (smoked by MJ, of course), with fruit scepters, PB&J crowns, and strawberry cupcakes. 

So despite my initial reluctance, Saturday is up there among my favorite parties so far. Now CC can start planning her next party ...

Monday, April 25, 2016


Stand by for a deluge of posts and pictures about the last week and weekend, including a belated Photo Friday. But in the meantime, check out this video shot by MJ one recent evening. Isn't it perfection? Birds chirping, kids giggling ... it couldn't be better (unless CC was there too, but alas, she was in bed early due to not taking a nap).  Enjoy!

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Photo Friday

This was Sweet Pea during quiet time the other day:

Sometimes you play so hard, you just crash. Right on the floor.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Playground Party

This year, CC wanted to include all the girls from her preschool and ballet classes in her birthday celebrations. So one day after school last week, we gathered at a local playground and had a fun princess party.

CC was all decked out in pink -- even the balloons! 

We made tiaras and ate cupcakes with enormous amounts of frosting.

A fun time was had by all the little princesses in attendance (as well as four young princes)!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Happy 5th Birthday, CC!

I've always told CC that the definition of a "big kid" was someone who was at least five. Five-year-olds go to elementary school. Five-year-olds have left behind all the vestiges of toddlerhood. Five-year-olds are strong, big, take charge of playgrounds, yell at the top of their lungs, fight their parents for every ounce of independence, and are ready to take on the world.

CC is five now. How is that possible!?

She's a princess who's obsessed with pink, anything glittery, ballerinas and brides. She's fiercely opinionated, over-the-top dramatic and highly emotional.

At long last, after five years, she has learned the benefits of physical affection. She asks to cuddle now; she frequently climbs into my lap to snuggle her face into my neck and rest; she hugs without prompting and tells me she loves me. After her years of resisting closeness, it's wonderful.

She's thinning out and evolving into a grown child before my eyes. I marvel at her body. How can this lithe beauty be the chunky baby and toddler I knew? 

Her favorite activities are drawing, coloring, painting and anything arts-related. She loves her friends passionately and begs to have playdates with them daily. She will meet another child and tell me minutes later that they are "best friends"; more concerningly, she has no sense of "stranger danger."

The typical oldest child, she likes to think of herself as an adult. She parrots what we say, sometimes days afterwards. With her siblings, she is dominant and prefers to direct all the play; she's full of ideas: "Hey guys! Let's do this!" Lately she's been begging me to just drop her off at the front door of her preschool, and she'll walk herself to class (absolutely not).

She's decided that she dislikes PB&J and mac n cheese (except, to my chagrin, Kraft in the blue box). Her favorite foods are fruits, frozen green beans, broccoli, and -- to MJ's disgust -- cold cheese-and-mayonnaise sandwiches.

Today, for the first time (and hopefully the last time until she's off on her own), I am not with her on her birthday. But I'm thinking of her all day! It's a day full of emotional ups and downs, and I'll focus on her birthday to keep myself smiling. Tomorrow will be a day of presents, cake, singing and candles.

Aah, CC. You're a handful and a half, but you're exceptional. You're everything I dreamed a child of ours could be, and more. I am thrilled to be on this ride with you. Who knows what the future will bring? Happy birthday, sweetie!