My baby girl turned four today.  It still blows me away.  I know it's a total cliche to wonder over how time flies when you have little ones, but it does and I do.  Still, there is no slowing it down, and so to my big, beautiful four year old girl I say this:

You are such an absolute delight.  Such a very independent girl who loves to do what she can for herself but still happy to let us know when she needs a little reassurance from mom and dad in the form of cuddles.  You do not like it when we use a cross tone with you, though you have been experimenting some with expressing your anger lately.  A couple of times you have told me, "I don't love you!"  I know you are just struggling to find your way and always reassure you that I will always love you.  More often you will spontaneously proclaim your love for me or daddy.

You say so many funny things that leave your daddy and I exchanging bemused glances.  A new one lately has been: "I'm freaking out."  You usually say this when you are being a little funny.  You are an excellent speaker and have been starting on reading.  You can sound out words and even recognize some sight words.  You love learning and creating.  Pre school is one of your favorite things to do and you go 3 days a week from 9am - noon.

You are so social now and love playing with all of our family and friends and their kids.  You are also much more confident in making friends at places like the library and play areas.  You love to play with the IPad, My Little Ponies, Leap Pad, anything arts and crafts and princesses.  You got a scooter today and it took many agonizing minutes to go up and down our block but you didn't give up at all.  You often need encouragement but are willing to practice until you master skills.

You are a delight, pure and simple.  We are so lucky to share our lives with you and see the world unfold through your beautiful, vibrant eyes.


  1. Aw…happy birthday to your beauty! I love your description of your child. You make me smile.

  2. Happy Birthday, sweet Nugget!

  3. Aww, what a sweetie she sounds like! I've just been marveling at the fact that my oldest is four. How is this even possible?!

  4. Did you add this picture later? It's adorable. It would make a great profile picture.

  5. Happy birthday to your little one. She sounds like a great young lady. I like how you understand she is still learning how to express anger approriately :-)


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