Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Celebrating Madaline, Year 4

Dear Mads,
Four. 4. Four.
Yes. You are 4. And, it seems that it all happened in just the blink of an eye. Your endless energy fills continues to fill our days with laughter and mayhem. You never cease to amaze me with your growing vocabulary, facial expressions and endless imagination. You have a unquenchable thirst for knowledge - something I hope you never lose.In the last year I have been re-assured that you are capable of actually walking. Though you do prefer to run or skip or hop or jump. And, the constant scraped knees and bruised shins are a by product of this habit. But that is because you are full speed ahead all the time. This leads to your fondness for band-aids - boo boo or no boo boo. And, not to mention in the last year you have discovered gum. I'm sure one of these days I will find it stuck between the couch cushions.You devour fruits and veggies like it is your job. Many nights, no matter what is for dinner, you make a meal out of any combination of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, carrots, peaches, bananas and apples. You make your Mama proud when you chow down on Salt & Vinegar chips and your Daddy grin from ear to ear as you shell 'stacios' together as a bed time snack. And, popcorn. You have a LOVE of popcorn and would eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner if we let you. While the tried and true vanilla cone with sprinkles is still one of your favorites - you have broadened your ice cream likings to Orange delight (vanilla ice cream swirled with orange sherbert) and never turn down a Popsicle. You color inside the lines and do a fairly good job at writing your name. We end most of our days by watching old school Scooby-Doo and reading Fancy Nancy, Pinkalicious or The Old Black Fly.You test your boundaries and the limits of Mommy & Daddy's patience on a regular basis. You have mastered eating, talking and walking - but, the whole go to bed without a fight seems to be a skill you skipped. We are patiently waiting for you to develop that skill. And, please, learn it soon. You prefer your hair in braids over pigtails. And, you recently discovered headbands. You wear nothing but dresses and skirts -but you've proven that you can play just as hard in and get just as messy. And, while you don't own a pair of sneakers you do own soccer cleats. The legacy continues as you played soccer this past spring and LOVED every minutes of it.And, of course, there is Bear. You never go anywhere with out Bear. Bear is your faithful and trusting companion. And, for some reason he always seems to smell like oatmeal and maple syrup. You got annoyed with me not long ago for washing him, informing me that he no longer smelled like oatmeal. Sadly, he's missing from pictures this year, as he spends the bulk of his day nestled in your bed. Yet another sign that you are quickly becoming a BIG girl. Oh, Mads.....You're our twinkle twinkle star, the sparkling light of our lives. You are Daddy's Boo-Bug and Mommy's little BIG girl. But, most importantly, you are LOVED.Happy Birthday Baby Girl.....
Mama & Daddy

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Connie Weiss said...

Happy Birthday! She's a beauty!

Kenna said...

Oh what beautiful words! I am proud to say that I know you and have the honor of being related. You are an AMAZING mother and the "proof is in the pudding" so to speak as your Ms. Mayhem is not only beautiful, but has the ability to put a sparkle in her mommy and daddy's eye and is SO dearly cherished and loved. Congratulations and Happy Birthday Mads!