Sugar is 4.5

You are finally four and a half! You have waited for this day since you turned four, six long months ago. I wish you would stay little, but you are in a hurry to be a big girl, and you have your big brother to keep up with and your little brother to mother.

Even though you are surrounded by all these boys, you are one of the girliest girls I have ever known. Your clothing choices are labored over (sometimes days in advance). You have been working hard at styling your own hair, sometimes using up to 25 bobbypins and 10 clips at once.

You also love to accessorize. HEB has jewelry-dispensing machine, and though you have been getting pieces you don’t like, you continue spending your hard-earned quarters there. You almost always have on a ring and necklace, and often sport a bracelet or huge clip-on earrings. We have reached a compromise on your clothing choices–you can wear whatever you want as long as it is weather-appropriate. I tell you long-sleeves or short, pants or shorts, and then you go for it. The only exceptions are family pictures and weddings.

You are such a little momma to all of your dolls and stuffed animals. Every stuffed animal is dressed in doll clothes with your hair clips on their ears. Your favorite is a tiny dog you named Newborn around the time your baby brother was born. Newborn has been in your arms almost nightly as you go to sleep. You feed her, diaper her, and apparently she wakes you often in the night to nurse. However, recently Newborn aged quite a bit and you spent three full days planning her wedding. You made confetti, flower arrangements, and you even wrote a song which you performed on her big day (and rehearsed at the top of your lungs that morning at the park for a good 15 minutes.) Daddy officiated the wedding so you could be free to orchestrate it. You have an attention to detail that amazes me. Someday, you will be planning our parties.

Though you act like a very big girl, you have say some very adorable things. My favorites include:
-I wonned ya! (Instead of “I beat you.”)
-It is going downer. (Instead of “getting lower.”)

You also got a big girl bike recently. You manage it very well, and have woken up very early in the morning to practice riding it while I workout in the driveway.

You insisted on getting your hair trimmed last month after begging and begging me to take you to cut it shorter. I held you off for a few weeks, but when you threatened to cut it yourself, I knew it was time to go. However, you cried for at least two hours about it when we got home before you decided you liked it.

You amaze me with how much you are learning in CC. You don’t often participate when we are reviewing memory work, but then you blow me away with how much you know when you do participate. I have been holding off on teaching you reading since you are content to draw pictures and play with your dolls most of the time when Bud and I are doing school. Last week, I got out the letter tiles and put together several simple words, which you sounded out rather effortlessly. I guess it is time to start formally teaching you to read.

You are such a blessing to our family. I love you so much! Happy half birthday.


2 Responses to “Sugar is 4.5”

  1. Megan says:

    She is so beautiful! She really looks like you, Rachel.

  2. julia says:

    I love the way you write, Rachel. :) Happy half birthday, Annalise! She is so sweet and lovely!