Caroline's half birthday was two weeks ago. No, we didn't do anything special, but it was a milestone all the same. She's been waiting for the day she could tell her friends she is "four and a half!" Oh the pressures of being 4. And if I had to describe her in 4.5 words they would be: Imaginative, Tender, Inquisitive and All-Girl.
The questions never stop with this one. A conversation from yesterday - out of thin air:
C: Mommy, who was trying to get Dorothy?
M: (realizing she is talking about The Wizard of Oz) The Wicked Witch of the West.
M: (thinking, trying to remember the whole story) I think she didn't like her dog Todo.
M: Maybe she is more of a cat person.
C: What's a cat person?
M: Well, you know some people like dogs and some people like cats more. Maybe she just liked cats more.
C: Why does she like cats more?
M: I have no idea.
We have also dug deep into many other fairy tales. This girl has found my loop holes in the stories. Most of the time we end up discussing how the villain just wanted to be in charge and how pride is part of our sinful nature - DEEP!
This little girl is becoming my shopping buddy. Our typical Sunday afternoon includes the two of us grocery shopping while Lucy naps. We discuss more fairy tale discrepancies and other life-altering topics. I love this time with her.
It's so special to watch Caroline be a big sister to Lucy. One minute they are equals - giggling, wrestling, playing Barbies. The next minute, Caroline is helping Lucy get a snack, giving Lucy a lift into a big chair, or holding her hand as we cross the road. Watching our children relate to each other is truly a special gift from God. It warms my heart in a way that nothing else does.
Caroline is becoming so independent. Everything about her outfits everyday is 100% picked out by her. - even her hair-do. She is pretty decent at matching so that isn't a problem, but there are still several combinations that I wouldn't choose and her favorites get worn EVERY week. She doesn't know what is "cool" or "uncool" - most of her outfits are very-uncool (don't tell her I said so). She dresses for comfort, spin-ability, and sparkles. Jeans are about the ultimate punishment for her.
And now for a short little interview with Caroline:
What is your favorite color? Pink
What is your favorite toy? my puppy Mitzie
(A stuffed dog she has named affectionately by Caroline after my parents' dog who died a few months ago.)
Who is your friend? Katie
What is your favorite thing to play with Lucy? throw our kittens up in the air and catch them when they fall
What is your favorite thing to play with Mommy? fly
(Where she flies up on my feet)
What is your favorite thing to play with Daddy? tickle each other
What is your favorite dinner? Macaroni and Cheese
What is your favorite snack? Graham Crackers with Peanut Butter in the middle
What is your favorite thing to learn at school? about Pilgrims
(appropriate since it's November)
What is your favorite book? my Rapunzel one
What is your favorite song? I Just Can't Wait to be King
What is something you want to do soon? Go camping out
(She has been begging Adam and I to let her "camp out" behind his recliner in our family room. It's her "secret" spot. My main reason for not letting her? I like to watch TV in the family room when the kids go to bed.)
What do you like to pretend? To be a princess
What do you want for Christmas? more Barbies, that cupcake puppy
(We recently gave her friend Katie a cupcake puppy for her birthday. Now Caroline is dying to have one too.)
What are you and Muntha going to do next? Slide on ice.
Where are you going to slide on ice? You'll see.