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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Katelyn is FIVE!

FIVE!  Five year olds are a whole hand.  They start kindergarten.  They learn to read.  They might even lose a tooth.  Or attend their first sleepover.  I'm not sure I'm ready for our baby to be 5.  But she sure is.  We ate lunch with Collin one day recently and she was doing her usual "I own this place" walk around the lunchroom, and I realized how soon that would be her school.  Who knows what we have in store for us!

This year, we celebrated her birthday at INK.  She just loves that place!  Her favorite room is the hospital ("baby room").  She loves to dress the babies up in life jackets and take them across the museum to the airplane to go on a trip :)  We were so thankful to have so many family members and friends join us to celebrate.  
Today she turned 5, and we celebrated with chocolate chip waffles with whipped cream and sprinkles, a trip to the library and Babyland, and dinner out as a family at Famous Joes!
The night of her birthday party.  I think she had fun.  I came in my room and she had it all set back up on the floor!
She loved it so much, I set it back up for her this morning for her birthday!
Good morning, princess!
Finally got the cat purse at Target she's been begging for.

Brother, did you really get me my own glasses?

Loves her bubby!
My #5 birthday doll :)
Her "Katelyn" doll!

Breakfast!  Blew all 5 out at once on the first try!
She absolutely LOVES babies!  That's all she wants for Christmas!  That, and baby accessories.  She takes such good care of them, calls them sweetheart and sweetie pie, and keeps them safe from her big girl Bath and Body Works that Ethan and Emily gave her for her birthday.  (Because, you know, that's only for big girls.)   So her choice today was to go to Babyland General.  So fitting for her at this age!  I hadn't been since Maw Maw and Paw Paw took me to adopt my original Cabbage Patch, so I was super excited.  Collin, not so much, until he saw they had Legos, too.  Kate had just adopted her first cabbage patch, Madelyn (from Auntie Joy), so we took her with us and she had to have a visitors sticker to visit the hospital :)
Katelyn and Madelyn
Just in awe of all the little babies.

Giving Madelyn a haircut.

Finally got Collin to take a picture!  He refused most of them.   Such a good big brother though.  He had such a good attitude the whole time!

Time for the delivery.
It was a girl!
Watching her newborn checkup.
And she got to hold her!
Pushing Madelyn on the tire swing.

Bubby agreed to another picture!
 After all of that fun, we went out to eat dinner.  Kate's choice, Famous Joes.  She had to take Katelyn and her new seat so that she could eat with us!

Sharing her grilled cheese.

Family selfie :)
So this day pretty much sums up Kate at age 5...

She loves sweets!  Favorites are marshmallows, candy corn, nerds, and skittles.  And cake pops!  How could I forget those?  Too bad mommy can't resist Starbucks, so she gets them quite often!   

And she's really good at sharing.  Even if it's her favorite, she is always willing to offer some to others.

Other favorite foods are yogurt, cheese, cinnamon almonds, cheetos, applesauce, and turkey.  

Already said, she loves babies.  Favorite toy by far.  Kind of glad it's not American Girl yet, but I know it's coming.  She wanted Kit in the catalog.  But, for now the Target brand works!

Loves to play babies, beach (packing up babies to go to the beach), school, birthday party, going to grandmas house, Chutes and Ladders, Old Maid, "Stuck game" (where I hold on to her and make her "stuck" and she pulls me off the couch), and Twister.  She's having hard time playing independently on most days...wants me to play with her all. the. time.  Trying to cherish this time because I know it won't last!  

She's coming out of her shell.  (And she's even gotten in trouble at school for talking a time or two.)

She knows all of the letter sounds and is starting to sound out words and knows a few sight words (the, and, this, is). 

She loves to do simple math words problems.  But only if they involve candy.  (i.e. If I have 2 starbursts and you have 2 starbursts, how many do we have all together?)

She writes her first name and is working on the last name.  

She loves to color and paint and loves anything that is colorful, especially rainbows. 

She loves makeup, lotion, body splash, nail polish, and lip gloss.  (Thanks Katie!)

But she still will not sleep without her baby and blanket.  (Baby blankie).  

Her favorite show is Peppa Pig.  And her favorite princess is still Ariel.  She also likes Sophia Grace and Rosie.        

Loves PreK!  She's so sad when it's not a school day.  Loves chapel day!  Loves going to church too and is learning so much!

Just like my baby book says at her age (and younger), she is a little con artist who knows how to get what she wants.  She's just too cute most of the time!  

We just love her and she is our little sunshine!  Happy 5th Birthday Katelyn...we love you!