Sunday, February 23, 2014

Livi is FOUR

It's hard to describe in words how sassy this little girl is. She is so independent and stubborn. I just have no idea where she gets it from (it's me). She will straight up pretend like she doesn't hear you or answer with a "no, I don't want to do that" when you ask her to pick up her mess. She loves to smile and ask you if you are happy with her at the exact time her brother was put in time out.

She is very girly, but to a point. She loves to wear skirts, but not dresses. She loves her princesses, but doesn't have the patience to actually watch any princess movies. She loves to sing. Oh, how she loves to sing. She is always singing. She will sing the classics just as much as she will make up her own tunes. She is a big story teller too. Barbies and dolls are her favorite and she can spend hours making up stories in her room with her dolls. She has such charisma when she's making up these stories. She'll act it out with such conviction. I absolutely love it and I will be so sad when this phase is over.

She doesn't often offer a hug or snuggle like her brother, but when she does you relish it because it's so rare. She's becoming more of a fan of her dad than she ever was before. She's still a momma's girl but I can say that daddy is catching up. Liam and her have been playing together more lately. They still mostly drive each other crazy, but there are more times where they run around playing and make each other laugh. She thinks Liam is hilarous.

I know I don't have much longer with this little girl. She's already starting to drift into little person who "doesn't need her mommy" territory so I am trying with all my heart to enjoy every single moment.

And here are her questions for year 4:

1. What is your favorite color? pink
2. What is your favorite toy? Barbies
3. What is your favorite fruit? watermelon
4. What is your favorite tv show? Strawberry Shortcake
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Macaroni and cheese
6. What is your favorite outfit? The shirt with the bike girl
7. What is your favorite game? Skylanders
8. What is your favorite snack? pretzels
9. What is your favorite animal? giraffe
10. What is your favorite song? the Beatles
11. What is your favorite book? The Princess books
12. Who is your best friend? Michaela
13. What is your favorite cereal? cheerios
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? play ball and catch butterflies
15. What is your favorite drink? pink juice
16. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? animals
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? cereal
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday?tacos
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Princess like Belle


Thursday, January 23, 2014


January 20th is Martin Luther King Day and so obviously Liam has been learning about Dr. Martin Luther King at school. It makes my heart sing when he comes home from school excited to tell me about what he has learned. There is literally very little in this world that makes me happier. A thirst for knowledge has always been one of my highest priorities for my kids and it's hard to instill. So when I snuggled up next to Liam last night in his bed and he started telling me all about Martin Luther King, my first reaction was elation. Hearing someone so little describe something that is brand new to them but old news to you is amazing. It gives you a renewed sense of awe and you end up really revisiting what happened and understanding all over again why it was so special to begin with.

But here comes the bittersweet part. Learning about Martin Luther King means learning about racism. It means learning there are very bad people out there and America has a very dark past. It's a lot to process for a 6 year old. Some 6 year old's might not even fully try to understand it, but of course mine does. Obviously, he wasn't born into this world knowing about racism and we are lucky enough to live in an extremely diverse community so he has often been in the "minority" as far is race is concerned. He asked me so many questions. He wanted to understand why the brown people couldn't go to school with the white people. He wanted to know why the police used the water hoses on the brown kids. He wanted to see a picture of the man who shot Martin Luther King. He asked about slavery. He asked to see MLK's speech and about Rosa Parks.

I know they have to learn about this stuff. It's important. But it's also a tipping point for me because I can see my sweet, innocent boy starting to learn about this world in ways that he hasn't had to before. He's learning that we aren't all good people and that some people are capable of very bad things. But you know what?  He is also learning that just because some people tell you something is acceptable, that doesn't necessarily make it so. He is learning that for all the bad people, there are very strong and brave people. And I can live with that.