Monday, January 11, 2016

Millie is 4!

Millie had a bit of a fragmented 4th birthday. It was on a Wednesday and Tyler's team dinner was that night, so we did a little celebrating that day, a little friend gathering the next day, and then a small family celebration on Saturday.

She woke up super excited (much like Christmas) and we let her open her present at 6:30 before Tyler had to leave for work. She was so excited about this play-doh set!

And Max was super excited about the balloons. 

After breakfast and doing play-doh for a little bit we went to Gigi's. Grammy and Heidi came and Millie was excited to open some more presents.

She was being a big stinker and wouldn't try on her new dress or leotard. We eventually got the dress on but she wasn't happy about me taking a picture.

We went to Jason's Deli for lunch. Perfect because she doesn't really like food but is all about free ice cream! Ha! 

Monka came over and brought her some gifts in the afternoon. Sometimes I just can't believe we are so close to both our families! I love that our kids have close relationships with their grandparents. Everyone was so sweet to make her birthday such a special day for her.

Thursday after preschool we went to McDonald's for lunch and playing in the play place. Millie was so happy to have her friends there with her and even shared the cupcakes with them.

Millie and Max had a sleepover at Monka and Ampa's on Friday night and Monka made her a cake too! I thought that 2 cakes would be sufficient, but Millie did not forget that I told her I would make a cake so we could celebrate with Tyler on Saturday. I am just awful at making pretty cakes. I'm good with it. Millie was happy with it so I truly don't care. She put the candles on her "flower cake" all by herself and was pretty pleased.

At 4 years old:

- Millie still loves all things princess but has recently branched out to Doc McStuffins. This and her Merida bow and arrow are a welcome change (for the rest of us) from all that  girly princess stuff.

- Food is an ongoing battle at our house. We have been telling her for months that at 4 years old she has to start taking bites of everything on her plate. It is rough but she is slowly getting better. She took a bite of carrot last night! Even the smallest victories make me so happy.

- She is really good at memorizing things. Millie learned the first 5 Articles of Faith in the last few months. When I am consistent about working with her on it she does great. 

- She can write her name and a few other names too. Her writing and drawing skills have really improved in the last few months, thanks to preschool. It is so fun to watch her.

- Millie is a super sweet big sister. She and Max love each other so much and play really well together when they are in good moods and remember to share. They can make each other laugh like no one else can!

- She has some interesting fears, much like I did at that age. She currently can't go in the bathroom at home alone or in her bedroom alone because we saw hermit crabs in the mall and she is pretty sure they're coming to get her. Oh and she's afraid of jellyfish being in the toilet. It's a little exhausting as a parent but I remember being afraid of weird things too! Poor thing!

- She has a super active imagination (see above haha). She loves to pretend with her princesses but gets a little embarrassed if anyone is around/watching. I had to explain imagining to her recently. She would randomly say, "Mom! I just had a dream about ____!" So I explained how dreaming happens when you're asleep, and during the day you say you daydreamt or imagined something. So funny the way kids explain things.

- Millie is generally just a really fun and happy girl. We love how she is always so excitable and makes everything so fun. We love our Millie Mae so much!!

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