Yesterday was Ellie’s THIRD birthday. Where does the time go? I can’t believe she is three already. I used to get so sad every year at birthday time with the older girls. I remember when Paprika (now 11) turned three, I cried so hard the night before at her “last day of being two.”
What I didn’t know then is that every year it gets even better, as our relationship grows. I loved my time with Paprika at age two, but the relationship we have now in her pre-teen years, I wouldn’t change for the world.
Ellie is smart, funny, kind, and curious. Every day, I find out new things about her that make me love her even more (if that’s possible). She is very attached to me, and still asks for “mookie” (nursing) often. I weaned her about a month ago – which was really hard on her. She’s replaced her mookie obsession with a fixation with my moles. She constantly touches them and says, “I looooove moles!” It’s kind of weird, but it’s one of the funny things I love about her.
She has an amazing vocabulary, and she is always making jokes. The punch line to most of her jokes right now is: petrified dog turds. If you say, “Ellie, what do you want for lunch?” She’ll say: “I don’t know. How about petrified dog turds?” And then she will laugh and laugh.
Ellie is very independent, and she likes to do things for herself, thankyouverymuch. She has been fully potty trained for about six months now, and won’t even let anyone come in the bathroom with her anymore. She loves books, but would rather try to sound out the words herself (often memorized) than be read to. She loves to sing (loudly) and makes up new lyrics to her favorite songs. She loves to rhyme silly words together. She can count mostly to 100 (maybe 200?) now, and knows her alphabet, most of the letter sounds, all her shapes, etc. It’s amazing how homeschooling rubs off when she’s trying to keep up with her “best friends” (that’s what she calls her sisters):
When she saw the house decorated for her birthday, I asked her if she thought birthday fairies came and decorated it while she was sleeping. She looked at me and said: “No, my family did that!”
Yes, we did!
She was especially excited about the balloons. Next to chocolate cake, that’s what she wanted most for her birthday!
Evan has been working very long days on The Bachelor, and often on the weekends, too. Last night, we did a simple birthday party for Ellie, since I knew Evan would be working late. All Ellie really wanted for her birthday was chocolate birthday cake – so that’s what we made!
We’ll do a bigger celebration and presents this weekend, when Evan (hopefully) has a little time off.
We made our traditional homemade, mostly organic, birthday cake. The girls love it – and always look forward to it so much. I think after all these years, we’ve finally perfected the recipe:
Playing Uno pre-cake:
I am so thankful for you, Ellie, my sweet, amazing THREE year old! I hope you know how much I love and adore you. You are a gift to us all, and I’m so glad you’re in our lives and part of our family! I love you to the moon and back and a thousand times around the sun.
(Linking up with other homeschoolers at The Weekly Wrap-Up)