I LOVE the stage Olive is in right now. I am constantly telling people how much fun it is to have a three-year old, and just when I think it can’t get any better, it does! I’ve felt this way about every stage, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised any longer… It really does continue to get better. 🙂 Today I wanted to share some snippets & favorite memories from winter 2014 & spring 2015…
wearing little minis
Does everyone think their kid is the funniest kid on the planet (both on purpose and unintentionally)?? Because seriously, Erik and I cannot stop laughing at Olive all.day.long. This girl has the craziest imagination and says the most adorable things. Recently she found some false eyelashes in my drawer and asked what they were. I told her they were special eyelashes for when I get all dressed up. She instantly started pulling at her eyelashes and said, “Mama! I want to take mine off and put these on!!” When I finished laughing I told her that they’re only for grown ups. She reminds me everytime we pass that drawer: “When I’m a big girl I’m gonna wear those eyelashes and your special sandals (some Marc Jacobs platforms that she also has her eye on; ha!).” Oh brother!
Olive loves to dance and sing, often spontaneously. We can be in a store or even the market and if the music (or muzak) moves her, she says, “Mama I need to practice my dancing!” From ballet to interpretive dancing to all out crazy shakes, she definitely gives it her all. 🙂 I love listening to her making up songs throughout the day (she is great with independent play) about the most random topics. She’ll sing to her toys, sing while reading a book, sing to Noah while he’s crying. She definitely loves music. She also loves pretending to be in school (reading books, practicing her numbers and letters) and art projects of all kinds (painting, “sculpting” with Play-doh, drawing, coloring).
- Being an adorable flowergirl in Erik’s sister’s wedding (I was a bridesmaid and Erik was a groomsman) in November 2014
- Lots of playdates with favorite pals including church gals (Jetta, Eden, Chloe), local friends (Zakary, Luke, Piper, Ellis, Leo, Alicia) and LA/OC friends, too!
- Helped pick out our Christmas tree, put up lights + decorations, and enjoyed a traditional night of festivities in downtown Cambria
- Continued to attend and love our local storytime one day a week!
- Disneyland trip in December 2015 with halmunee (my mom) and our good friend Jackie + baby X
- Multiple trips to the SB Zoo (where Michael the giraffe remains her favorite)
- Christmas season dinner at the iconic Madonna Inn
- Our first Christmas morning in our own house (just the three of us), before heading to LA for family celebrations
- She welcomed a baby brother (through God’s grace of adoption) in January 2015 and has proven to be an amazing big sister — she loves Noah SO much and seeing them together makes my heart burst!
- Attended a Valentine’s Day party with her friends (and loved every second of it)
- She loves picking flowers everywhere we go (but always asks permission, first). If I tell her no, she says, “Just let it grow, right?” <3
- She turned THREE and celebrated with donuts (of course) and a pirate-themed birthday (her pick!).
- Held a bunny and rode a tractor at Ellis’ birthday party (not sure which was her favorite!)
- Cried over a puppy for the first time (named “Tank,” affectionately called “Tanky” — a beagle/doxie mix at the local rescue)
- Moved into a “big girl room” with a twin-sized bed! She chose her own bedding at Target: Paris/ballerina themed
- She helped Erik plant the spring garden
- We toured a preschool (!) she will start at in the fall
- She attended the Giant Playdate with me and had a blast
- She had her first real job 🙂 // more coming soon!!!
loving my solly baby wrap
photo by Callaway Gable
This has been a big season of transition for our family, with the wonderful blessing of Noah’s arrival. Olive has been so great with all of the huge changes and even more than that, I feel like she has grown into an even lovelier, kinder child since her brother was born. I stand in awe at the way she has embraced him, loved on him, attached to him. On one of our drives to LA, we made a brief stop at Target to go to the restroom. I took Olive into the store and Erik stayed in the car with Noah. As soon as we walked into the sliding glass doors, Olive started to panic and cry (real tears!). “Mama! Mama you forgot baby Noah! We need my baby Noah!!” It’s always “my baby Noah” and “my baby brutha” — never just Noah. I love the way God has made her so tender, sensitive, and affectionate.
I can’t wait to see what the next season holds!! And, coming very soon, I’ll be able to share some beautiful photos of both of my kiddos together! Thanks for stopping by; have a fantastic week!