Tuesday, January 13, 2009

my little lillybug is 4

I know everyone says it and it's so cliche, but I really can't believe that I have a four-year old. It just doesn't feel like she should be that old yet. I couldn't ask for a sweeter, more precious little girl. She is seeming so grown up lately and has such a prissy little personality.

What she's doing now that I love:
Loves writing her letters and her whole name, which she usually writes "Lilly Carmlan."
Always colors and makes pictures for us. Sometimes I'll even find her in the den early in the morning before anyone is awake, just coloring by herself.
Sings and dances ALL the time, usually standing on a "stage" with very dramatic movements and gestures. Her favorite song to sing is "Part of your world" from the Little Mermaid.
Changes clothes at least five or six times a day. She usually plans the entire time we're out somewhere about what she's going to wear when she gets home. We'll be pulling into Target parking lot, and this is what I hear, "Mommy, when we get home can I put on my button skirt and my pink t-shirt with the writing on it?" She has usually stripped down to her underwear by the time I have unloaded my stuff from the car.
We have hundreds of books from when I taught, but Lilly has one children's Bible that she is obsessed with and we read EVERY night. I even got her a new one for Christmas because I am so exhausted from the other one, but no luck. Could be worse, I know :)
When I am cleaning or doing things at home, she calls me like she needs something and when I go see what she wants, she just says, "I love you."
Draws pictures and gathers up toys all the time and wants to mail them to kids who don't have any toys.
Still says "fings" and "anyfing" instead of "things" and "anything."
Is a great big sister and loves helping Mamie (most of the time).
Has picked up on me using the phrase "blah blah blah" and "so..." when I am talking to other adults and now she uses them when she is talking. Example of what she says, "So, me and Cal were playing cars, blah blah blah, and so." and then usually does a little laugh, shakes her head, and rolls her eyes at the end of her sentence. Very teenagery and scary.
Loves going to school so much she screams and squeals when she knows she gets to go the next day.
Loves to cuddle in the mornings with a cup of OJ and watch cartoons.
Is known to pitch a BIG fit about what clothes mommy wants her to wear.
We love you so much Lilly! Life sure would be boring without you!

At her "party" at school. Lilly helped me make princess cupcakes for her class.

Sharing her "Me" bag that they get to fill up and take on their birthday in Mrs. Sandra's class.

Opening presents at home.

Cruising in their new car in below-freezing weather. Tuesday was not the best day for that gift.

This year, we decided to save money and not have a big birthday party. Lilly got to have her party at school and then we took her to Chuck-E-Cheese Tuesday night to celebrate. I never want to go on the weekend again. It was wonderful--there was no one there.

My friend Elisabeth made her a fabulous Ariel cake

Lilly and I competing in a serious waverunner competition

I think I could develop a serious skee-ball addiction. I could have played it all night long. It brought back memories of my roller-skating days.


Kelly said...

Happy Birthday Lilly! She is so sweet:) I love her boots!

Just FYI- I do have a skee ball addiction. It is part of the reason why I actually look forward to Chuck E. Cheese!

chesley said...

Happy Birthday to Lilly! chuck e. cheese is definitely better empty. Oh, and I love skeeball too! I love all the sweet things you wrote about her. She's just precious!

Courtney said...

Awww Happy birthday Lily! That was such a sweet post! She is so cute and looks JUST like you! More and more everyday, especially in these pictures!!!! It was so good seeing you this past weekend even though it was brief! I can't wait to see the house when it is finished! It is going to look great - I know you are so excited!

Polly said...

Lilly is beautiful!

Laura Beth said...

Happy Birthday, Lilly! She is so sweet and I love that she loves to color and is so into her clothes! It is seriously like pulling teeth to convince Lawton to color/craft! Fun times!

Missy said...

Maymie was so excited about Lilly's b-day! We hope she had a great day!! Happy birthday sweet Lilly!!

the millers said...

Happy Birthday, Lilly!

Lyla, Lilly looks EXACTLY like you in that pic of her and Mamie in their new car...AND in that where you and Lilly are on the wave-runner! WOW!

Your girls are precious!

Angie said...

Happy Birthday, Lilly! What a beautiful and sweet, sweet girl. I can't believe she's 4 already, either. I still remember when y'all announced in the old Sun. school class that you were pregnant. I think I was just visiting then! I love the post....and your girls. Doooon't moooove!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy B-day Lilly!! Aunt Kristin ans Uncle Branson loves you!

Natalie Church said...

I'm glad Lilly had a good birthday! I guess I know some things to look forward to in the next couple of years! Tori has just discovered Chuck E Cheese, so I will definitely remember about going during the week.

Mandi said...

Lyla, Lilly is the spitting image of you! She also reminds me of my girls...dressing up and being on stage all the time. I'm sure our girls would get along pretty well!

The Roper's said...

I can't believe she is 4!! Happy Birthday Lilly!

Julie said...

Happy B.day Lilly! She is so cute! I really need to have your girls over one day-They would have so much fun together. Maybe one Monday after school they can come over for a little while. We told Libby to pray for her friends a couple nights ago and her first one (of 2) was Mamie.

The Hadfields said...

Happy B-day to your Lilly! We have the same Barbie jeep...Sophie loves it!

Dee-Dee said...

Happy Birthday, Lilly! She is such a doll, and sounds so much like Abby in personality!

Cristie said...

It was good to see you the other day, your girls are adorable. I love skee-ball too, we always play at the beach!