Saturday, August 8, 2015

Will is THREE!

Dear Will, 

I just don't know what to do about this. Your turning three marks the end of an era for me...the closing of Babyland. 

You have been the quintessential last baby though: cute and cuddly, a great sleeper and a keeping-up-with-the-siblings spirit. 

In the last few months, you've potty trained yourself in the most easy way I could imagine (one where my involvement was not necessary) and now sleep in your big-boy bed upstairs (which is entirely too far). You started swimming with your head underwater and pedaling your own bike. 

But you also are quick to ask me to "cuddle up" with you and let everyone know that only mommy will suffice in most every situation. I might huff, but you know I love it.

You talk from the moment your eyes open until they close, you know no strangers and have no fear. You love superheroes and practicing your ninja skills in the air, on your friends/family, and little children we've never met before...which has led to a ban on all cartoons without a PBS or Disney Jr logo in the corner.

You are a big ball of BOY, William Evan, and I am so thankful that we get to call you ours!

love forever,

Q and A: 
Will, what is your favorite color? lellow

What is your favorite toy? race car

What is your favorite fruit? strawberries

What is your favorite tv show? Jake and the Neverland Pirates

What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? peanut butter and honey sandwiches

What is your least favorite food? salad, carrots and broccoli

What is your favorite thing to wear? my lion shirt

What is your favorite game to play? Buzz Lightyear

What is your favorite snack? Cheetos

What is your favorite animal? cheetah

What is your favorite book? Spot

Who is your best friend? Bennett and Oliver and Charley

What is your favorite cereal? Waffles

What is your favorite thing to do outside? go bike riding really fast

What is your favorite drink?  water 

What is your favorite holiday? Christmas

What do you like to take with you to bed? my beanie boo

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? waffles and sausage

What do you want for dinner on your birthday? cake! (and birthday cake ice cream)

What do you want to be when you grow up? Still Will...a Will grownup! 

What do you like to do with your family? play games, like superheros

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Katie Beth is FIVE!

Happy 5th birthday to the Prentice Princess!

The anticipation of this her day had been mounting for months. Countdowns, special requests, invitations to casual acquaintances to attend her party...this girl was pumped.

One of those special requests was to have her birthday party (with everyone she's ever met in attendance) at Creative Discovery Museum. Given that her other ideas were her friends' house and Chuck E Cheese, I booked immediately. 

In the spirit of inclusion she wanted a party with "all of the princesses"

and so we did.

And a couple of the princesses made multiple appearances. 
Elsa Katie Beth and Elsa Emersyn

Cora and Katie Beth sharing secrets

It was a fun, easy party with lots of her little friends and candles on a cake that couldn't wait to be blown out until the end of the song!

Back home to open gifts with both sets of grandparents in the audience - very special!

On Monday, we celebrated again with her special snack at school...pudding, by request.

After school and gymnastics that afternoon, KB, Nana and I took a girls trip to the nail salon for pedicures in honor of the two birthday girls!

Tuesday, her actual birthday, started out with the birthday cereal of request, seated in the highly-anticpated birthday chair.

and followed up by some K-shaped pancakes.

Next up was a milestone event the birthday girl was not so pumped about, but that had become clearly necessary at our optometrist appointment the week prior...glasses for our girl with 5.5 prescription lenses.




She might not be totally sold yet, but her already-big green eyes beaming out of those thick pink and purple frames just make me smile. And she has been quick to say, "I can see that house!" "Look at that tree!" so I know we're headed in the right direction. 

Back home, and into our Elsa gown, Katie Beth got a couple of special visitors - Kelsey our beloved babysitter and her Daisy...who Katie Beth believes is hers...and a baby.

After swim lessons and soccer practice (oy-vey), we all enjoyed the by-request birthday meal of hot dogs, mac n cheese, salad and pears. 

And then a late-night present-opening session commenced!

Meeting her American Girl doll, whom she named Rosie, for the first time!

She had glasses (that I ordered in a panic from ebay while we were still at the optometrist), but Katie Beth said Rosie didn't like her glasses and was happy that she took them off. Baby steps.

Dear Katie Beth,
I smile as I type this, thinking of your cute face and how five years can have passed since you first fought your way into the world. You've been a fighter ever since. Sometimes to your detriment and my absolute unraveling, and other more-recent times, a fighter to the finish line or to your friend's defense. We're starting to get little glimpses of the strengths of that strong will you carry. 

Smart, brave, funny, beautiful. Nurturing, sensitive, lyrical, creative. You love to dance, but couldn't take the tights. Will sing all day long, except in front of a crowd. Pickiest eater, with the appetite of a grown man. A study in a girl, I guess it comes with the territory. 

Thank you for the hugs, the kisses "on the lips", the noodle necklaces. I love you, sweet girl and Daddy's princess. Our family is much more fun and fancy with you in it!


Annual Q and A: 
Katie Beth, what is your favorite color? pink

What is your favorite toy? ballerinas

What is your favorite fruit? pears

What is your favorite tv show? Dora

What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? macaroni

What is your least favorite food? mashed potatoes, tomatoes, pineapples

What is your favorite thing to wear? dresses that Grandma gives me

What is your favorite game to play? Princesses

What is your favorite snack? cheese puffs

What is your favorite animal? zebra

What is your favorite book? Strawberry Shortcake

Who is your best friend? Arianna, Madison and Lily, Emerson Miller, Emersyn Dueker, Anthony, Ruddick and John, Carly and Margo (the list goes on)

What is your favorite cereal? Rice Krispies

What is your favorite thing to do outside? jump on the trampoline

What is your favorite drink? powerade 

What is your favorite holiday? Valentines

What do you like to take with you to bed? Nightlight

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? cereal

What do you want for dinner on your birthday? hot dog and macaroni

What do you want to be when you grow up? a mom

What do you like to do with your family? go on walks and bike rides and things like that. :)