Thursday, September 1, 2016

4 Year Old: Zoe

Zoe Jane is 4.  Wow, 4.  I can't believe it.  She is a little ball of fire yet delicate and tender at the same time.  She hugs tight, kisses often, and will flash a mad face that can knock you dead.  We love her and are so grateful to God for her.  

She loves al things dance and gymnastics.  Ballet is her favorite.  It all started when she was introduced to Angelina Ballerina.  It quickly became her favorite cartoon and book.  It has taught her a lot about dance technique.  She also learned a lot from a video she and Kyrie used to do together--Petite Feet. She walks around twirling, practicing plies, and several other dance moves.  Our NC home has several empty rooms one of which she has made her "dance studio."  She enjoys making up "shows" to perform for us.  She also talks to her friends Gracie, Mickey, Angelina, Margo, Millie, A.Z. and Jack, which are characters from Angelina Ballerina.  She asks almost daily when she will be performing in the Nutcracker and when she will begin taking dance/gymnastics.  

Just this week we were asked by her pre-school teacher to list 3 words that describe her.  We chose strong-willed, tender, and vocal.  The girl may just talk in her sleep.  She wakes up talking 100 miles per hour and continues to do so until bed time.  She is the most quiet when looking at books while riding in the car and when she builds Lego sets.  Otherwise she is talking or singing.

She adores her younger brother and misses her older brother now that he has returned to school.  She loves Levi so much she can not avoid touching him even when he is unhappy.  She also attempts to carry him which often results in tears....lots and lots of tears.  However, she wakes up asking "Where is baby?"  She wants him to sit beside her at breakfast.  She enjoys climbing into his crib when he wakes up.  In general, she enjoys being with him and touching him, but the sentiments are not often returned.  She and Bennett have grown much closer since moving to NC.  They fight as siblings fight, but they also play as siblings play.  She is looking forward to going to "big" school with him and seeing him during lunch.  

And this is real life folks.  Levi was like this the whole shoot.  He was not feeling well and wanted nothing to do with photos or his siblings.
Favorite toys/things to do (throughout the year):
  • Duplos
  • Legos
  • Minnie Mouse Bowtique Dress Up dolls
  • Tutus, Crowns, Dance Shoes
  • Stella baby
  • Barbie dolls
  • She enjoys doodling on paper
  • She dances almost all the time
  • Jumping on the trampoline
  • Playing Zingo
  • Painting her nails
  • Up until we moved to NC she always slept with her Meme (blanket) and a stuffed animal (Kitty, Flip, Lambie, Pooh, or another).  She would leave them all over the house in the morning, but it is no more :(
Books she enjoys (throughout the year):
  • Angelina Ballerina
  • Curious George
  • Fancy Nancy
  • Pete the Cat
  • Corduroy 
  • Sesame Street ABC book
  • Ladybug Girl
  • Elephant and Piggie
  • Shine a Light books
  • All Better
  • Pinkalicious
Favorite TV Shows/Movies (throughout the year):
  • Angelina Ballerina
  • Peppa Pig
  • Daniel Tiger
  • Story Bots
  • Carebears
  • Sid the Science Kid
  • Curious George
  • Blues Clues
  • Shark Boy and Lava Girl
  • Letter Factory
Favorite Foods:
  • Yogurt
  • Apple
  • Banana
  • Salami
  • French Fries
  • Veggie Straws

 She loves to fill bags up with her toys and pretend she is going to school or dance or the park or to a show.  She will fill up her back pack with figurines, her tin lunch box with pretend food, and her purses with legos or anything she can find.  She spreads them throughout the house along with a few baby dolls, Barbies, and/or Minnie Mouse dolls.

We have begun to call her little Shea, which is my sister.  Let's just say she takes her time getting ready and often forgets where she left things last.  It is often a 30 minute process for her to get dressed.  We may ask her to get ready for bed only to walk in to find her dancing in front of the mirror fully clothed all the while her brothers have gotten undressed, taken a bath/shower, and put on pajamas.  She certainly marches to the beat of her drum :)

Right after her 3rd birthday she began waking up between 4:30 and 5:30 a.m. daily.  Before L was born we would send her into his room to look at books until 7.  After he was born we attempted to have her go downstairs and play alone which led to her cutting her hair, eating 3 lollipops before breakfast, and coloring random places with a marker.  Eventually we gave up and one us (typically Sam) began getting up with her.  It was a rough several months, but we have adjusted.  She now wakes between 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. and most often it is closer to 6:30.  She may or may not nap.  It depends on what we have done during the day.  If she does nap it is most often in the car.  

She has a contagious personality and smile.  She is spunky, yet shy around new people.  She is graceful, yet rough.  She is a snuggler, yet separate.  She is so many wonderful things to me and to our family.  

Dear Zoe, 

You have asked almost daily for several months how long until your birthday.  It has arrived.  You are finally 4 and off you go to pre-school.  As you enter this sweet season of life I pray you know how much we love and cherish you.  You add sugar and spice to our lives that we would have never known had God not placed you in our family.  I pray you use all of your passion and determination to stand up for Christ in all situations.  I pray you know truth, experience freedom in the truth, live truth and pour truth into the lives of others forever and ever.  I pray God grows in you a heart of integrity and compassion.  We love you and praise God for you.



Saturday, August 27, 2016

Zoe: 4 Year Old Interview

The tradition continues with our birthday interviews.  Our precious daughter is 4 years old, so we asked her 34 questions that we also asked her last year.  Here are her responses: 
  1. Favorite Color: Purple and Pink.  She said pink is still my favorite color, but not my favorite favorite.  That is purple.
  2. Favorite Toy:  Lego Friends
  3. Favorite Fruit:  I don’t really have a favorite fruit….bananas, apples, all that. 
  4. Favorite TV Show or Movie:  Angelina Ballerina.  Movie:  Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl
  5. Favorite thing to eat for lunch:  Mac and Cheese
  6. Favorite Game: Go Ape
  7. Favorite Snack:  Veggie Straws
  8. Favorite Animal:  Don’t have one
  9. Favorite song:  ABC song
  10. Favorite book: Angelina Ballerina
  11. Who is your best friend: Kyrie
  12. Favorite thing to do outside: ride the car
  13. Favorite Drink: Juice and Lemonade
  14. What do you like to take to bed with you at night?  Kitty
  15. Favorite thing to eat for breakfast:  Oatmeal and yogurt
  16. What do you want for dinner on your birthday?  That’s a good one! Turkey sandwich and pizza
  17. What do you want to be when you grow up?  Prima Ballerina, a teacher
  18. Imagine you can become invisible, what would you do?  I would dance
  19. I am very proud because my birthday is coming real soon.
  20. I am afraid when I hear a big crash and think it is a monster.
  21. Name one thing you do really well?  Dance
  22. Describe what it means to be a good friend? I don’t know about that 
  23. Favorite time of day?  the afternoon, because we can play trolls the rest of the day
  24. Describe your best day ever?  my birthday
  25. Describe your favorite hobby:  I like to dance because I can be alone and when I want people to come down they come down.
  26. Climbing is fun!
  27. I wish there were a law that made you do the right thing every day and all the time.
  28. What makes you feel sad?  That we are away from Amelia and can’t play with her anymore.
  29. What makes you feel happy?  That I can dance alone sometimes
  30. Pretend you can fly.  Where would you go?  South Dakota.  Wait, no Florida.
  31. Where do you want to go on vacation?  Kentucky
  32. If you could choose a different name what would you choose?  Dancer Girl
  33. What is your favorite thing to do with mom and dad?   Dance
  34. What would you say about Jesus?  I love Him.