Yesterday you turned 5 years old. We had so much fun celebrating your birthday that I didn’t even have the chance to write this post until today! 5 is such a big age. You are no longer a baby, a toddler or even a preschooler. 5 is the start of the elementary school age! As a matter of fact tomorrow is kindergarten round-up. How are you now old enough to be able to go to preschool? It was only yesterday that you were a wee, little 10 month old!
Your 4th year was a good year. It was a big year. You grew so much developmentally and went from being that funny, obstinate, fussy toddler to being a funny and laid back preschooler. Even though you are still opinionated you are gentle about expressing your thoughts and desires. You have wonderful manners even though every once in while you let out huge burps in restaurants.
You are a sensitive, creative, and extremely intelligent girl. You are introspective and quite theological. The things that you say and the questions you ask constantly stretch me. I feel like I am not smart enough to answer those questions sometimes…actually, most of the time. Just know that I try! You definitely make me look at life differently and from a different viewpoint. Never would I realize how much of a spiritual experience raising a child would be. I really do believe that children show us the face of God.
You are so creative! Your favorite thing to do is draw and color. You aren’t much of a coloring book girl. You would much rather draw and color your own thing. You could cut, glue, paint and draw all day if it weren’t for the fact that you also love watching movies. Your favorite movie is Rio and you can sing all of the songs from the soundtrack. You have definitely gone through many favorite movies since your Toy Story days but Rio has been at the top of your list for a long time now.
You are also quite technically savvy. If it’s a computer, tablet, or fancy phone you love it. I try to shield you from all of that right now because I want you to put the pen to the paper. However, we let you play Angry Birds on our phones, especially when we go to boring meetings.
I am pretty sure you are going to be a veterinarian when you grow up (right now a zoo doctor according to you). We have actually been saying this since you were 2. You love, love animals. Three years ago your favorite animal were dogs. This year it’s parrots, giraffes, and all kinds of jungle animals. The parrot ranks at the top. You keep begging John to buy you a macaw. Daddy told you that when you graduate from vet school he would buy you one. You remind him of this quite often. We shall see!
You are such a big girl and we love you so much! You are the light of our lives and we definitely can’t wait to see how you grow this year. Please do us a favor and don’t grow too fast though! Happy birthday sweet girl!