Anna turned 4 last Friday! What an exciting day that was for her. Almost every day for the entire month of March she asked if tomorrow was her birthday. And finally, after what must have seemed like an eternity of waiting, the day arrived! Jared took the afternoon off work so we could go swimming and then out to dinner to the restaurant of Anna’s choice. I used all my powers of persuasion to try and influence her choice of restaurant, but alas, it wasn’t enough. So we ended up at Arctic Circle for dinner. Oh well. The kids had a great time playing on the little playground there, and it was cheap.
The next day we had a family party for Anna. I spent the entire morning making her “Belle cake” (which was a castle with a Belle toy standing in front), and Anna was thankfully very appreciative of it, making all my hours of effort worth it. And even with all the cousins and aunts and uncles that were there, we still only made it through 1/3 of the cake. So if you like chocolate cake, come on by and I’ll be glad to share some of it with you.
So my little girl is 4 now. It’s hard for me to grasp that, especially because for some reason she doesn’t seem much different than last week when she was still 3. However, at this young age they grow and change so quickly that I know in no time at all she will seem a completely different person. For now, she still wants to wear a dress or a skirt every day, as she has for the past year-and-a-half. In fact, a few weeks ago I punished her by forcing her to wear pants for a week. That ended up being hard on both of us since I haven’t bothered to buy her any pants for the past year, figuring it would be a waste of money. She has also really gotten over her shyness since she’s been in preschool. Last month at her parent/teacher conference, her teacher, Mrs. Rodabough, told me that she has one of the most dominant personalities in the class. That came as quite a shock to me since I’ve always seen her as my shy child. I’m glad to see her coming out of her shell, though. She can definitely hold her own with Cameron, and she is just as likely to tease or punch him as he is to do the same to her. She’s not a big fan of her little sister, Rachel, but their relationship has definitely improved since they’ve been sharing a room. Now for the most part she has fun playing with Rachel, especially when they should both be sleeping. Overall, she is an intelligent, sweet, funny, beautiful little girl who is growing up before my eyes. I love my Anna!