To Lucy, on your 5th birthday

Girl, you’ve got IT. You’ve ALWAYS had it. You were BORN with it. No one really knows where you get it. But we LOVE it, and we LOVE you!

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Age 3, first winter at the new house

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9 months old, going swimming for the first time!

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Age 3, Vacation bible school

5 whole years have went by since you made your dramatic and 3 week-early surprise appearance into this world.  When you were born you looked exactly like I thought you would, and 100% opposite from Gabriel. You have been a fighter from the first hour you were born, but that’s another whole post. No one’s been the same since. 😉


A few days old, at home

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1 year old!

I hope you always know what a ray of light you are in our world, and how precious you are. Not a day goes by when you don’t make me laugh. You are smart, witty, creative, intuitive, artistic, friendly, social, animated, girly, and cool. You are so fun!

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Age 2, watching canoers

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Age 3, leading a calf at the fair

You get upset when someone won’t be your friend. You sing. ALOT. You are not the quickest person to get ready in the morning. One of your favorite jobs is to run the steam mop. You don’t like to know what kind of meat you are eating, because you are ‘friends with all the animals’.  You put on shows and performances all the time. You are not so good at catching a ball.  You can sound out words and write books.  If you hear something, you remember it, and often times repeat it.


Baptism day, 2 weeks-ish old

You have many people wrapped around your finger, but we won’t mention names…..

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Park stop on a road trip, age 3

You could sit and color, draw, make books and signs alllll dayyyy.  You LOVE school and can’t wait to be a kindergartener next year because then you get to go to school ALL day. You want to learn to play the piano. Sidewalk chalk is your thing. The murals never stop!  You can be very particular about how you want something done. You love accessories and jewelry and Jamberrys and lip gloss and *bling*.

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The accessories never stop…..age 3


Age 4, new haircut

I hope you never lose IT. The self confidence with everything you do and say. The perseverance. The contentment. The ability to rock glasses at the age of 2, with style. The thirst for knowledge and questioning. The compassion you show to people and things. The bravery and gumption to do things that are scary and new. The love of learning. The love of your body and looks.  The satisfaction with life and what you have. The assertiveness that gets you what you want, and sometimes gets you in trouble. The ability to rationalize. The ability to remember events and facts spoken months ago that most other people don’t remember.  The creativity. The complete uniqueness that is YOU.  The smile that lights up a room!

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One of my FAVORITE pictures of Lucy; 5 or so months old, at a cross country meet, obviously.

You have a younger sister who looks up to you, and is starting to want to be just like you. You have another younger sibling on the way, and I have no doubt you will love that baby with all your heart. You have an older brother who admires your confidence and bravery, but sometimes wants to whack you around with a light saber, or smear mud all over your face. Don’t worry, he still loves you 😉 You have a family full of people who love the heck out of you and love watching you grow up!

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4th birthday party

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Age 4, covered in pink frosting at a steak fry

Lucy girl, happy 5th birthday. Keep rockin’ IT!

-Your Mom! 🙂




16 weeks and 10 inches less

My pregnancy app tells me that I have 23 weeks and 4 days left in this pregnancy, so that means I am 16 weeks and 3 days along. Wow, this is going fast!  We tried to get a pic of my baby belly today because I was feeling like I looked somewhat put together and the bump is for sure growing!  It took several tries….


But we eventually got a decent one…




In other news, Lucy went from THIS every morning:


to this much shorter, sassier, and more easily manageable hairstyle today:


She cut 10 INCHES off to donate to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths campaign which provides free wigs for cancer patients.  I did some research and talked to some people who have done it and we decided this is the organization to go with.  We have been talking for a few months about doing this and she agreed to it. I think she did comprehend the magnitude and kindness of donating hair to someone who has lost theirs and was excited to get it cut!  My mornings just got a heck of a lot easier and she LOVES it!  No more (or hopefully less) hair in her food, in other people’s food, her mouth, caught in toys, slammed in the door, or my least favorite; hair IN HER FACE AND EYES.  I think this new style fits her perfectly!!!!


She’s thrilled!

Other fun pics from our week:

I caught a quite interesting looking creature in the basement on Thursday night. After researching, I realized it was a peculiar looking house centipede and sent it in a secure jar to school on Friday. Apparently, it was a hit.  Although it died by lunchtime, L’s class got a good look at it, and G’s class did a whole science lesson based on it!  I’m just hoping it didn’t have any young’ins while it was dwelling it our basement. *SHIVER*


G with the centipede on the Zoomiez

Amelia is getting to be quite the cyclist.  She rides her trike and 2 and 4 wheeled scooters outside like nobody’s business, and some mornings gets to ride her trike around the basement when I’m also biking. It’s quite the entertainment 😉



And lastly, because I’m sure he will thank me for this someday……Gabriel didn’t want to feel left out of the girly nail salon we had going this afternoon, so he set up his own station to paint his sister’s and cousin’s nails.  He does refuse to have his own nails painted, which is completely fine, but I did snap this pic before he could protest because I think it’s a little bit cute 🙂  He is quite the artist, after all.


-The Costello’s