Today my Cat turns four. Every year I reflect on how much she has changed. How exciting it is that this little girl is growing up into such a neat person. But this year I am also a little sad. Next year brings Kindergarten (hopefully, if the PSD lets her in for early admission) and with that she will no longer be spending most of her days at home or preschool. She will be a big girl, with a backpack and a lunch box. When do they get too old to hold hands? I know a little melodramatic.
Even though four can be a rough age, so far it is turning out great. She loves to tell me stories at night about fairies and firefighters (she wants to be one when she grows up) and how they all live in the forest together. I let her imagination run wild, I ask questions such as "why do the firefighters live in the forest?", and she tells me "so that they can put out the fires for the fairies." Well of course they do, silly mama.
She likes to tell jokes, some make sense and some are just punch lines to jokes she has somewhere in her head. One of her favorites is to come up to me and say "Mama I have a joke to tell you … muddy chopsticks!" then she runs away laughing hysterically. Every so often she says a joke that makes sense and it always catches us off guard, "Mama, why did the banana go to see the doctor? Because it wasn't peeling well." Come on now that is funny stuff.
She is also a great big sister. I love the age that she and Aly are at right now. Aly loves Cat so much. They run after each other playing hide and seek, and tag. They dress up like Superstars (as Cat likes to call herself) and take pictures. Cat always climbs in bed with Aly and gives her hugs and kisses and a little cuddling before bed. Sometimes as I am closing their door I hear Aly telling Cat "I love you Ona" (her name for Cat as Cat is just my online nickname for her), and Cat says back "I love you too". Seriously makes me tear up every time I hear it.
We had a great birthday party over the weekend. Friends came by and played in our new landscaped backyard (thanks to S for working on it all week long) we decorated cupcakes and party crowns, and had the last bbq of the season. The weather was beautiful all weekend long. Cat received her two favorite presents from the grandparents. Her Nana and PopPops got her a camera, seriously the coolest kids camera ever, it is digital and holds up to 70 pics before you have to download, she loves it. Her Grandma and Granddad got her a scooter which she has been begging to use all the time since receiving it. At the end of the day I asked her if she had a great time at her party and she said that she loved being four. I think I am going to love it too.