Turning 4 – Princess-Style!

Wow. How has it been more than 2 months since I last posted?? I have been so completely busy with work (which is a good thing since I work for myself now) and parenting my spunky 4-year-old. I have really missed my blog, though, so my goal for the new year is to make sure I take time to keep my space on the Internets updated regularly!

I don’t even know where to begin to catch up, so I’ll start with my daughter’s fabulously fun 4th birthday party! Lucy wanted a princess party and, since I love to do parties up big, I started pinning ideas to my Pinterest board last year (yes, right after her 3rd birthday party was over!)! We have a friend who used to play Belle at Disney World, and she was thrilled to reprise her role and be the special guest at Lucy’s birthday bash!

And, since we also have a friend who makes costumes (she made the Belle dress you will be seeing – ah-maz-ing), she provided Joe with a prince costume to be Lucy’s prince. The funniest thing was when Lucy entered the room – instead of gasping at Belle, she yelled, “Oh, Daddy! You’re such a goofball!”

I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves:

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The Beginning: Starting Preschool

IMAG3402Last week was Lucy’s first week of preschool. And, let me tell you, she LOVES school. There are 10 kids in her class, and she has a wonderful teacher whom Lucy adores.

The first day was hard for both me and Joe. We were strong, though, and neither of us shed a tear. I was pretty proud of myself. Joe took the day off, and we both took Lucy to school. Then, we headed to Chick-fil-A for a breakfast date – the first time we’ve done that in a LONG time. It was really nice. Then, we ran errands until it was time to pick up our girl.

I think it was good to have a busy day. I needed distraction. And, every day since has been easier. Some days, I am even grateful for the 3 hours she’s in school because I’m able to work in peace. That rarely happens when she’s home.

The first couple of weeks has also been full of traumatic experiences for Lucy; you know – kids taking her cookies at snack time and her blocks at play time. Typical 3-year-old drama. It’s tough being a preschooler!

And then, there was this – Joe took Lucy to school yesterday, and a girl in her class was walking in ahead of them with her dad. Want to hear how this went down? Trust me, you do.

Joe: Is she in your class?
Lucy: Yeah. But, she’s not my best friend. SHE STOLE MY COOKIES.
Joe: Lucy. Shhh.
Lucy: But, Daddy, SHE STOLE MY COOKIES.

That happened the first day. My kid holds a grudge like no one’s business. Seriously.

I’m grateful for all these funny stories. I’m grateful for all the artwork she brings home. And, most of all, I’m grateful for the experiences she’s having that are helping her grow. It’s going to be a great year!

Beauty and the Beast

On Sunday, we took Lucy to see Beauty and the Beast, performed by the Senior High Theatre Camp in town. Lucy had been looking forward to this and talking about it for like a week leading up to it, so we were all pretty psyched.

Of course, she went dressed as Belle. Everyone there just “oohed” and “aahed” over here because, well, she was ridiculously adorable!

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The play was 2 1/2 hours long (apparently, the theatre version includes more songs than the movie. I totally didn’t notice that when we saw it performed in Atlanta), and Lucy was a trooper. She was enamored the whole time, and our favorite part was when she looked at Joe with a HUGE smile on her face and said, “Belle LOOKED at me!” We both kind of teared up at that. So freaking cute.

After the play, we went to the Encore Room to meet Belle! Lucy was SO excited, and Belle just gushed over Lucy’s dress. Lucy said, “You did good job” and hugged her, which Belle loved. So stinking cute!

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Also, if she was excited about that, she’ll probably die at her birthday party. I’ll just say this: someone wearing that exact Belle dress will be making an appearance!

Little Ballerina

Lucy has never been a ballet kind of girl. She’s super active, and gymnastics has been more her cup of tea for an extracurricular activity.

But, in May, we went to her cousin’s ballet recital, and Lucy was enamored. I think she really liked the modern dance routines more, but she has wanted to go on stage and perform ever since. So, last month she did a week-long ballet camp at the studio where her BFF from Sabbath School takes class. And, she LOVED it!

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They went for an hour each day, and on Friday, they did a little “recital” in the studio for all the parents and grandparents.

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They even tried to do the splits! I have to say, Lucy did WAY better than I could ever do!

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Lucy seriously had the time of her life, and she even said that she enjoyed dance class more than gymnastics! So, we signed her up for the fall class, in which she’ll do ballet and tap. I’m excited, and Lucy cannot WAIT until her recital!

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And, yes, I know her ballet slippers aren’t really ballet shoes. I found them at Target and thought they’d be similar to ballet shoes. Boy, was I wrong. She looked like she was wearing an old lady’s house slippers! Luckily, she’s 3 and adorable and can get away with anything.

Tea with the Girls

We’re on vacay right now. And by vacay, I mean we’re pet sitting for my parents and grandma while they’re in California.

But, it’s still vacay. We take care of the animals in the morning and at night, and the rest of the day we’re free to do touristy things in Chattanooga, which is a really cool tourist city. I seriously love this town.

Last Friday, my sister-in-law made a reservation for she and I, Lucy, her two sisters and her niece at the local tea house. It’s actually in the historic courthouse where Joe and I got married so, of course, we had to take some pictures before he left us for our girl time. I did some collages to compare our wedding pictures almost 7 years ago with the current pictures. So much fun!

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And, for fun, we took a picture of Lucy in front of the mirror where I had some of my bridal portraits taken. That will totally be her getting married in, like 50 years when we allow it!

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Fun, right?? I love looking at these collages!

When Joe left, we had tea! This place was great. We had ginger peach tea, which was AWESOME, and the food was fabulous! I had a veggie croissant, and I’ve been craving it ever since!

The girls had PB&J cut in the shape of butterflies, and the staff put their pink lemonade in little teapots so they could act like they were having tea like us! It was adorable. Lucy was OBSESSED. She might have had two pots of lemonade. Lol. Also: I don’t know why my phone pictures are so long. It annoys me.

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Fun, right?? I seriously cannot wait to take Lucy back!

Climbing, Sliding, Jumping, Riding!

Boy, did we have fun the last three weeks that the carnival was in town! It was only supposed to be here for two weeks, but its next location got rained out so we lucked out with an extra week of fun!

We took Lucy 3 or 4 times, and the last time we went, we got Joe and Lucy wristbands for the day. My kiddo had a BLAST! Her favorite ride? The roller coaster! She is a girl after  her Daddy’s own heart! She also loved the Scrambler and the 30-foot slide, among other rides.

I didn’t go on any of the rides because I’m scared of roller coasters (even the ones like this one that was only as high as I am tall), and I get sick on other rides. But, I had SO much fun watching Joe and Lucy have a blast together. Seriously. It was awesome.

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What’s your favorite carnival ride??