Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sophie is 5!

So, as you may already know, Sophie turned 5!  Like a month and a half ago!  So, I finally have that magical, blog-post-inducing combination: a peaceful afternoon/evening + an early bed time!  That means I have the energy and the time to do something other that clean and fall into bed!  Hooray!

Sophie had a great birthday this year.  I love birthdays when it works out to do all of the celebrating on the actual birthday itself, and this was just such a birthday!  We celebrated all day, and Sophie was just in heaven!

On her last night of being 4, Michael and I tucked her in and we took a couple of very last 4 year old pictures, and then Sophie drifted off to sleep.  I snuck in later to hang up some streamers around her bed.  She woke up a little and said "Oh, you're decorating my bed! I like the pattern you are doing!" and then fell back asleep :)

She woke up super duper happy and excited.  We told her we didn't know who she was, but we wondered where our four year old Sophie had gone.  She tried to convince us that they were the same people.

After we got everyone up and dressed, we had Sophie open her presents.  They were a hit this year!  We got her a little necklace from our trip to Brazil, the Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel game, her very own big kid backpack and a coconut.  She was thrilled!  It feels good to get something right.  Although she probably would have been totally and utterly happy with just the coconut.  What is it with our kids and coconuts?

Anyways, Michael headed to work and I fed the kids breakfast.  Sophie's birthday breakfast request was yogurt berry parfaits with granola.  I love it when they pick something easy!  She was in heaven.  After breakfast, we headed out to drop the boys off at school.  I decorated the window of our car announcing that she was the birthday girl and boy, that was right up her alley!  She loved it all day long!

After dropping off the boys, we ran to Walmart to pick up a few things.  Every time we go there and exit the check out area, Sophie sees Jim.  Sophie LOVES Jim.  We always talk to Jim, say hello, ask him how he's doing, and then remark on how rude it always is that he never answers us back :)  But in honor of her birthday, Sophie decided to let bygones be bygones, and even posed for a couple of pictures with good ol' Jim!

After that, Sophie headed to preschool and had a great time there while I made and decorated ice cream cupcakes and picked up Jane.  Then we picked up Sophie from school, grabbed some lunch, and headed off to the Mall of America to meet up with Kelly, Lily and Cora.  Instead of a party with a lot of friends, Sophie decided that she wanted to take her two cousin buddies to Build A Bear. 

And oh my, did those girls LOVE Build A Bear!  They gave all the girls the royal treatment and made the whole experience super fun for them.  They were on cloud nine!  I love seeing Sophie, Lily and Jane together.  Sophie is so lucky to have her sweet cousins be her best buddies.  What a fun birthday activity it was!


After Build A Bear, we headed back home, got the boys from school, and let everyone play around in the back yard.  Later on, Tyler and AnnaMarie and the gang came over for dinner and even more cupcakes!  She also got to open her birthday presents from Grandma and Grandpa Walton--some ponies and a pony sweatshirt!  Woohoo! 

We had a great time celebrating with our little Soph -A-Doph!  And boy, did she have a great day!

A few things I want to remember about Sophie at 5 years old:

-Sophie is a good big sister to Hannah.  She has her moments, and sometimes I need to remind her to be kind, but she loves Hannah and the two of them have a lot of fun playing together.

-Sophie loves bath time, still, and would stay in there all day if I let her.

-She loves to pick up garbage everywhere we go.  It honestly grosses me out.  But good job, Sophie!  Way to love the earth!

-Sophie is a silly girl and loves to be funny and make people laugh.

-Sophie loves to help me and can be a great worker.  For the longest time I thought that Ryan was the only one big enough to take out the garbage, because I let Calvin try once and he insisted that he couldn't do it.  Well, we changed how we do chores and sometimes Sophie does the garbage now, and she does it just fine, no problems at all.  She is a confident little lady and if she gets it in her mind that she can do something, then, well, she can!

-Sophie loves all things nature--animals, plants, weather, clouds, you name it!  She is a sponge and loves to learn about all of those things.

-She is just barely starting to read basic words.  It is fun to watch her succeed and be so proud of herself!

-Jane is still Sophie's best little budddy.  

-Sophie's favorite foods are currently BLT sandwiches, yogurt, cherries, berries, goldfish crackers, and fish. 

-The other day Michael took her on a daddy daughter date to Red Lobster and she about died of happiness.

-She still plays so well with Calvin that it just makes my heart melt.  I love the games those two make up together.  Yesterday it was picking lilac flowers and leafy branches and hanging them up in their climbing tree so that they could make a lovely home for butterflies to come visit.  It's just the best.

We love you, Sophie girl! 

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