Height/Weight: Definitely getting taller (but no idea the actual measurement) and still the same weight as last year
Favorite Toys: She has seasons of favorite toys. She’ll play with the same thing or do the same activity for a week or so, then it all changes. Her current favorite is playing with her Disney princess figurines that I bought for like $2 at a consignment store. She also loves her new Doc McStuffins check up center she received for Christmas. She’s really into the imaginary world. She plays pretend by recreating scenes from her favorite movies or shows. She also LOVES puzzles and is really good at them!
Favorite Movies: Brave, Little Mermaid, and Tangled
Favorite Shows: Doc McStuffins and Sheriff Callie’s Wild West
Favorite Chore: Taking things to the kitchen
Favorite Song: “Overcomer” by Mandisa
Favorite Food: Her current favorite is “salty chips”…Kettle brand sea salt and vinegar chips. She’s also really into cantaloupe and carrots with ranch dressing right now. Pistachios (or any kind of nut) are still a favorite.
Best Friends: Logan, Davis, Laney, Dusti Jo (and all her other friends at school but I can’t remember names)
Mommy’s Favorite: I have so many. Every single thing you do is my favorite. I love that you still rub your eyelashes with your finger when you are tired. I love to watch/listen to you play pretend. I love to watch/listen to you talk to and take care of your brother. I love to watch/listen to you sing and dance. I love that when we ask you what is required to spend eternity with Jesus you say “Turn away from your sin.” I have not explicitly taught you to say that, so I love that you’ve picked it up from things we’ve talked about and things you’ve learned at church.
Daddy’s Favorite: He loves to watch you sing and dance. You just might have a future in the music business. Or some other form of fine arts. You like to entertain.
Bedtime Routine: Bible story, Lily prays, Mommy or Daddy prays, sing a song (usually “Jesus Loves Me” or the garden song). If I put her to bed I usually sing the chorus of “Ho Hey” by the Lumineers and tickle her on the ho hey part.
Biggest Challenge: I’m going back to work full-time. I’m very excited about the opportunity and know without a doubt that it is what the Lord has planned for our family. This will be a challenging adjustment, but hopefully more so for me than Lily.
Make Believe Friend: You consistently talk about your three sisters and one of them is usually named Kelly. However, when I asked today you named five sisters…so I’m not too sure. The increase from one to three sisters happened after Sister Toni died of cancer (thanks to Mandisa’s “Overcomer” and GMA’s footage of Robin Robert’s recovery from cancer). We lost Toni and gained Kelly and two others…or four others. Not sure if the extra two will stick around permanently. Dave and Bad Dave are still in the cave. They say things like “stupid” and “Roll Tide” and apparently rip up paper when they are at school….they will be there forever. Although I know one of them possibly came out of the cave because earlier this year Sister Toni asked if she could go on a date with Dave. You talk to your sisters like they are real and I frequently have to ask you if you are talking to me or to your sisters. It’s usually your sisters.
Funny Moment: You learned the word “fart” and like to randomly incorporate the word into your daily life. Mommy actually prefers this word over the others, simply because the other words sound too proper and girly and there is nothing proper and girly about a fart. I just don’t want you saying it so frequently. We’ve had major discussions that this word does not need to be spoken outside of our house.
What you want to be when you grow up: A mommy
I took a video of her interview but I didn’t like it, so I’m including some of my favorite pics of her from the last year.
Lily, where in the world has time gone? You are FOUR YEARS OLD! I still have to pinch myself sometimes. I am your mother…what an honor. You make the most important job so much fun. The days are long and the years are short, that is certain. At the end of every day, no matter how awesome or awful it was, I am thankful that I had another day to be your mommy. I hope the Lord gives me thousands upon thousands more. He is doing a work in your heart and I know that He is answering my daily prayer…to draw you near to Him so that you will see your need for a Savior. We love you little Lily. You are our sweetheart! Happy Birthday!!!