Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Olivia at Four

- I have so enjoyed my year with Olivia at home most days.  We get to spend a lot of one on one time together.
- She loves to play upstairs in the playroom.  She would play with us all day if we would stay up there and play with her.  She doesn't ask to go anywhere, just to keep playing.
- She wants to dress fancy every single day.  She does not like plain clothes.
- Her favorite things to play are baby dolls, family and Barbies.
- She is a little cuddle bug.  I can usually talk her into letting me hold her for five minutes.
- She has been pretending to be a baby.  She sucks on a paci and holds a blankie.   She will not walk or talk.  She has even insisted on riding in a stroller to pick Ava up from the bus stop.
- She enjoys movies, but can't sit for too long.
- She loves to cook.  As soon as she sees us begin to cook, she wants to help.  She gets up on the stool and pours, mixes and stirs.  It is her thing that she does with us and Ava doesn't show much interest in it.
- She adores her big sister.  She watches whatever Ava is doing and wants to do it with her.
- She has made her own little circle of friends at preschool.  It is cute to hear her talk about her buddies.
- She asks lots of questions.  Some of her questions are very random.
- She likes to say things to get a reaction out of us.
- She can't help but saying, "poop" and "butt" and other potty words.  She thinks it is hilarious and it usually is pretty funny.
- She heard another little girl said "dang it", but misunderstood.....so now when she gets really frustrated, she says, "bang it!"  I've told her multiple times to stop saying this.
- She has a very kind little spirit.
- She LOVES babies.  Loves everything about them.  She rocks them, walks them, changes their diapers, puts them to sleep and we have to be "very quiet" while they are sleeping.
- She enjoys her dance class.  She practices ballet at home.
- She likes to do dance performances for our family.  The songs of choice are Shake it Off and Disney Princess songs.
- She is an artist.  She colors in the lines and is so precise.  Many people at her preschool have commented on what a good artist she is.
- She is not afraid to stand up for what is right.
- She is tiny in size and mighty in spirit.
- She gets mad when people call her small or little.  "SHE IS BIG!".......but wants to pretend she is a baby five minutes later!!
- Olivia will grab my face and say, "I just love you so much, mommy!"

There is no job I could ever love more than being mommy to Olivia and Ava.  They are such a joy to raise.  They are the sunshine of my day.

Ava at Six

- Ava is such a joy to parent.
- She is very thoughtful and kind.
- She is a rule follower and loves to please us.
- She is always up for a snuggle.  As soon as she wakes up, she runs to get in bed with us.  That is usually on the weekends these days.
- Most school days, I have to drag her out of bed.
- She loves to watch movies.
- She has been pretty neutral about kindergarten.  She isn't excited to go, but does not complain.  Her choice would be to stay home and play.
- She still wants to be a Veterinarian when she grows up.
- She loves animals of any kind.
- Ava asks lots of questions.
- She really wants to be a part of conversations that we are having without her.
- She can be dramatic.
- She is just so silly.  She loves to laugh and dance and make funny faces.
- She has a funny little jig that she does when she is dancing.  
- She has a funny personality, but will get shy when we walk into a room of strangers.
- She is very social.  She likes to know who I am talking to on the phone and what we talked about.
- She is very good at picking out outfits and likes to be dressed appropriately for where she is going.
- One of her favorite things is one on one date with me or Clint.
- She loves her grandparents!
- She likes to reminisce about trips or events.
- She likes to look at photos.
- She enjoys jumping on her trampoline.
- She likes to help Clint in the yard.
- She spends the most time play with little figurines.....Littlest Pet Shop, Shopkins, Palace Pets.
- She still has to sleep with her white blankie, pink blankie and bunny.
- She wants everything in her bed a certain way......her in middle, pillows in certain order surrounding her and animals with her.
- She has become quite the little reader in Kindergarten.  I can't believe how much she is reading.  I am so proud of her.
- Ava does lots of art at home.  She is often sitting at the bar drawing, coloring or painting.
- She loves for us to read her Junie B Jones books every night.  She never chooses anything else.  We read one to two chapters, plus her devotional and half the nights, she reads a kindergarten reader from school to us.
- She wants me to sing Amazing Grace every night......this has been consistent for the last two years.  
- Recently Ava was looking at a cross I have and said to it, "Jesus, I just wish you didn't have to die.  I wish there was another way we could have gone to Heaven without you having to die."
- Ava will say, "Mom, you are the best mom in the whole world.".....it makes my heart so happy.  She says that her daddy is the best daddy too!
- Ava told me that she wants to live in our house forever.  She wants to live with us when she grows up.  She did say that if her husband doesn't want to live with us, she will live thirty minutes away in Austin.  Sounds good to me!

Being a mommy to Ava and Olivia has been the joy of my life.   They are the sweetest little girls and the sunshine of my day.

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