Saturday, May 3, 2014

Three Fish in a Tree. How Can That Be?

Dear Holland,

This phrase from One Fish Two Fish by Dr. Seuss is as perplexing of a thought as the fact that you are now 3-years old! How can that be? No, seriously, how can that be?

There are absolutely no words that could ever fully express how much I love you, my Miss Bliss. The minute I held you in my arms and our eyes locked I knew, without any doubt, that you were always meant to be mine - always.

I love your long shiny blonde locks and your stunningly blue eyes. I love how much your little personality has developed in the past year. You are funny, funny, funny! You are adventurous and tenderhearted. You can whine with the best of them and smother us with kisses the very next second. You love to make us laugh and sometimes tears just flow when I look at you or hear something you say - you are a pure miracle!

It's amazing to think how much you have grown and learned in the past year. You ask me a lot lately, mostly when we are snuggling before naps or at bedtime, when you turned into a "Big Girl" and if you were a "Baby" before that. I, without fail, tell you that you still are my baby and that you always will be. You always come back with, "I'm not a baby. I'm a big girl." And, yes, Holland, you really are a big girl these days, but just a second ago you really were my baby girl and I need you to slow down a bit so I can keep you this way a bit longer.

A glimpse of you at this age:
  • 3' 3" tall (90th %)
  • 29 lbs. 13 oz. (about 35th %)
  • You speak in full sentences well-beyond your years. Because of this (and because you are so tall), people constantly guess that you are 4-years old.
  • You love your little brother Tagg. The two of you are so fun to watch playing together. In fact, in the past few months he has become less of a baby and more of a little man which you seem to love. You wrestle, laugh, dance, and just be silly together. Sometimes you love him more than he wants at the moment, but he'll be so grateful for all that love someday soon. He's a lucky little boy to have such a fun, funny and loving big sister.
  • Speaking of funny, you seriously are a little comedian at times. You have this little jig that you like to do just to make us smile. You make up words and meanings for those words. You make silly faces to get a reaction. You love to hide and jump out to scare us.
  • You are still trying to figure out if you are left- or right-handed. You seem to use your left hand most of the time, but you go back and forth so I'm not totally convinced yet which it will officially be.
  • You enjoy coloring. Your favorite color has changed from blue to purple (with your discovery of Sofia the First), so most things you color are primarily PURPLE. It's cute and pretty funny!
  • You are daytime potty trained, sleep in a toddler bed and no longer use a sippy cup.
  • You are still a picky eater and basically survive on milk, rice, nachos, quesadillas, and apples.
  • You love your grandparents and can name each by name: Grandpa Charlie, Grandma Lucy, Grandma Maggie and Grandpa Craig. You know exactly where each one of them lives and you like to tell us so - Salem, Utah; Eagle, Idaho; and at the temple with Heavenly Father.
  • You can recite your home address, momma's cell phone number and your birth date. You've known the alphabet since you were about 20 months and you now count to 20 whereas a few months ago you put "eleventeen" in as substitutes for a few of the teen numbers. You know the colors of the rainbow and you know left from right.
  • You like to jump off things, especially when we go for walks - like off all the green electrical boxes and stuff in peoples yards. You are getting more brave and jumping from higher heights as well.
  • You love riding your trike, but you are definitely growing out of it though. Good thing Grandma Lucy and Grandpa Charlie gave you a scooter for your birthday.
  • You ask "Why?" a lot. And, as much as I often don't really have an answer for some of the questions, I love that you want to know and learn about everything.
  • You love to do and do your preschool workbook. You definitely have a thirst for knowledge!
  • You have a new-found love of the movie FROZEN, like every other girl in the world. It's so fun to hear you singing every song at the top of your lungs at home, at the store, in the car...everywhere! You've got the actions memorized to Let it Go, right down to when to throw your glove in the air and pull your hair down into a side braid. And, speaking of, you ask for an "Elsa Braid" at least 3-4 times a week. I've gotten pretty good styling your hair that way.
  • You still love the movie PLANES and the movie and soundtrack CARS. Your favorite TV shows are Sofia the First, Cat in the Hat, Curious George, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Caillou and Sid the Science Kid. You rarely watch Baby Signing Time anymore, but you still request the music when we are in the car. When Sofia the First comes on you INSIST that we hit pause so you can get dressed in your Princess Sofia dress-up dress.
  • Speaking of music, you LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to sing. You know a lot of songs and you aren't afraid to belt them out at any given minute. You love "Daddy Music" which is anything that daddy listens to. You love for us to turn on the stereo so you can sing, dance, and twirl in the living room.
  • You are the oldest in your Nursery class at church, and as much as I think you are ready for Primary, you still come home excited to have been there and happy to show us your art work and tell us about the lessons and songs you learned.
  • You are shy around people that you don't know, and even some that you do know. I often wish that everyone could see the silly talkative person that you are. But at the same time, I appreciate that you are leery of strangers and that you reserve the real you for those you truly love and know.
  • You are a big helper. You know how to set the table for dinner and you like to ask if you can help whenever I start pulling stuff out to make cookies, or bread or...well...let's be honest, I don't cook too often, but when I do you want to help. And you love when we both get our aprons on (both made with love by Grandma Lucy) for the occasion 'cause it truly makes it official mommy-daughter cooking time.
  • You are working hard on proper etiquette (aka Reverence!) during prayer time and you are getting really good at praying without too much help.
  • You love books. You memorize them quickly and are so good and reading (aka reciting) them to me, daddy and Tagg. Going to the library to check out new books is one of your favorite things.
  • At night you've started saying, "Don't let the pigeon drive the bus" after we exchange our I-love-you's. I think it's the most precious thing in the entire world!
Oh my goodness, Holland Bliss, I could go on and on and on. I'm sure as soon as I wrap this up I'll think of 20 more things that I really want you to know about the 3-year old you. I guess I'll just have to edit and add them, right?

I love watching you grow. I love being your momma. I love you!




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