Vera Ann Turns 4...

Nuts life is moving faster by the day and my sweet beautiful oldest daughter is 4!  I remember it like yesterday when Daddy yelled out, "It's a girl!" and my heart melted when he layer you in my arms.  You are equal parts sweet and spicy, opinionated and helpful.  You are uniquely Vera Ann and I love every inch of your petite precious stature!

Here you are one very short year ago!

Just being cute as can be on a hayride...coincidentally this was one of your favorite dresses and I loved it too but it just got inappropriately short and I had to hide it away in a box.  I have to do that a lot with your clothes because you like the same things and always want to wear them, you have been known to dig through the laundry to find your 2 favorite striped sundresses, favorite disney princess tees (which also happened to just disappear ;) and jean shorts.  You have a BIG opinion on your attire so now we shop together.  When Grandma brings you clothes, we know right away whether you like them or not, it cracks us up!  You love flip flops and will wear 2 mismatched ones if you can't find a pair!

You were a flower girl twice this year.  The first time you were a little tentative but you loved every second of wearing fancy dresses...

I can never leave you alone too long.  You get into too much trouble.  Your favorite response when I call out, "What are you doing?"  either silence or "nothing!".  You have spilled a whole bottle of purple nail polish on the floor and gotten into my make up, dumped laundry bins out to find an outfit or a whole bag of pretzels on the family room carpet for snack.  You are tenacious and independent.  I always have to stifle a laugh after the fact!  You are also hard to discipline and can turn on the pout pout lip for the best of them and puppy dog eyes.  You can fall limp like a noodle and act like I am killing you when you don't get your way...luckily this isn't my first time at the rodeo so I know this will pass :)!

You love your brother SO much!  You call him your "bubbly" and have to give him a hug and a kiss before he leaves along with 2 leg hugs for daddy and knee kisses (just at your height!).  You love to smuggle in at night and devour the newest American Girl doll magazine with mommy.  And daddy can always get your love to wrestle with the boys and can say "hut hut" with the best of them!

You learned how to ski and visited the ocean this year.  You have never met a stranger although you went through a phase of missing mom when we would part but just the other day I dropped you at preschool and I didn't even get a hug goodbye.  You know I love you so much so I will let it slide ;)!  You LOVE preschool and can't wait to go everyday.  Your language surprises me and all the things you say and chat about.  You are our little resident mommy and have totally risen to the occasion as big sister in command when Solon is away!  You are such a good helper to mommy!

You are daddy's little gal and you headed to your first of many father-daughter dances.  He thinks you are just the sweetest and I agree :)!

We learned you get car sick in Colorado and had to do a quick change before the Denver Zoo.  Poor we know all of us get sick driving in the mountains!  We had fun at the zoo after the quick detour.

I will never forget the day you insisted in April to play outside in your swimsuit, I decided instead of arguing with you to let you see why we shouldn't.  You lasted all of 30 seconds ;)!  Solon thought you were crazy...

Your best friend Meah and you play well together following after your brothers and making your own adventures playing with your dollies and library.  You sure do love to play with your dolls, dance around the house, sing and put on shows, and play with your doll house and princesses.  One day they were all laying down and I thought they were sleeping but you informed me they were watching fireworks ;)!

You are such a helper to mommy with Lucy, getting me burp clothes, checking out her diaper and keeping her entertained...Lucy is never bored when you are around.  I hope you become best of friends.

You were so excited to participate in camping in the backyard this year. Daddy said you chatted until well past 10pm.  You really wanted to see the stars.  You are such a big girl.

...and quite the little swimmer.

Oh how you adore your Auntie Ellen, she calls you her shadow and that is true.  If she is there you are right at her side.

You are vivacious, sweet, love crafts, being a little mommy, and refuse to buckle your own seatbelt (why would you when bubby does it for you).  You eat barely anything but love yogurt, cookies, chocolate milk and chicken nuggets.   You love your princess nightgowns and want to be a princess and mommy when you grow up.  You are a delight and a ray of sunshine to our family.  You make us laugh every single day and I love, love, love who God has made you to be.  You have never met a stranger and make a friend wherever you go.  May you always shine your light for Jesus and watch Him as you grow.  We love you to the moon and back my sweet girl.  

xoxo Mommy