Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Olivia Turns 4

Sunshine turned 4 last week!  I made the mistake of telling her a month in advance that her birthday was coming up, and heard of little else from her until the big day.  She made it very clear that she wanted princess dresses from us, which was easy enough.  We surprised her with a new bike too though.  Our neighborhood is always teeming with little kids on their bikes so she'll put it to good use I'm sure.  She did pretty good on her first try and is getting the hang of  pedaling and keeping momentum (except uphill).

The night before, Jack and I wrapped her gifts, set up her balloons and Ariel cutout, and Jack put her bike together.  She was so excited when she walked down the next morning and saw everything.  She spent the day putting on each of her dresses 30 times, hanging them in her closet, and rearranging them.  A few days before her birthday I asked her what kind of cake she wanted.  She said "a big pink cake with a blue pond on it and a frog."  ...luckily when I checked back the day before the event she had changed her mind to pink cupcakes.  Phew!  She practiced on her bike, played dress-up with her friend next door, and her cousins Natalie, Hunter, and Haylee brought over a gift and had cupcakes with us.  In the evening Jack took her out to get dinner and pick out one more princess dress (he's such a sucker for her). :)  She cried at bedtime because she didn't want the day to be over, so I'd say it was a success.

That Ariel cutout has resided in Liv's room and has scared the pants off of me several times when I go in to do my nightly check on her before I go to bed.  Arial lurking in dark corners is not your friend.

Berlin wasn't such a fan of Olivia's big day

We love this girl so much.  She is brilliant, compassionate, kind, funny, and so fun to be around.  I can't believe she is four and I'm grateful for her and the things that she teaches me every day.

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