Here’s a tip. Don’t leave your kid unattended with scissors for even a minute until after you explain that cutting her own hair is off limits.
It wasn’t until later in the day as I kept brushing her hair out of her eyes that I realized something was different. But you know what? She did such a great job! She gave herself these amazing side swept bangs. So if you need a hair cut I have a 4 year old that charges very reasonable rates.
It could have been so much worse. Look what I did to myself when I was 3 years old. I cut my bangs right off. I was basically bald.
Charlotte’s 4th Birthday Party
Birthdays are a BIG DEAL in our house. I figured Charlotte is just about old enough to remember things like crazy over-the-top pink princess birthday parties that involve a real Cinderella in attendance.
It turned out better than I expected. All the girls arrived in their princess costumes or party dresses. Cinderella arrived shortly thereafter and entertained the girls with singing, dancing, story telling, a game of
Simon Princess Says, Q&A (during which there was a lot of discussion about Princess Anna and Queen Elsa - Cinderella told me confidentially that her Princess Anna costume is being made as clearly Cinderella is no longer flavor of the month with the 3/4 year old crowd), a dance party to the Frozen song (because obviously) and then photo time.
It. Was. So. Great.
A few pics.
Waiting for her friends to arrive:
Making the motherfucking uncooperative cake (truly a labor of love):
The fact that my formal living room is mostly unfurnished clearly worked in my favor as I was easily able to fit a table for 12 kiddos in there!
The finished product. (Did I mention what a total shithead this cake was being?)
Baby sister was mostly mesmerized by her shoes and occasionally mesmerized by Cinderella.
Charlotte’s preschool put on a Spring Concert on Friday. OMGGGGGG it was adorable to see Charlotte front and center belting out a couple of songs.
She had already performed Take Me Out To The Ballgame at home a few days beforehand as practice. I was in awe listening to my daughter who has very clearly left behind toddler-hood and is now a confident and intelligent little girl.
Remember the time I said that taking children to get professional pedicures and manicures was so STUPID. Well, I have three words for you. Pot. Kettle. Black. This was a little birthday treat for Charlotte and I must tell you - I had the best fun EVER with my girl. 💅
Hold your horses, kiddo
Me:: Five more sleeps until your birthday.
Charlotte:: Then I'll be four.
Charlotte:: I'll be going to college soon.
Me:: I can't believe you are going to be 4 next week. I'm a bit sad that you are growing up so quickly. When you grow up will you please visit me every week?
Charlotte:: Yes but only on the weekends. Because I will be busy doing very important work during the week.
Do you wish you had siblings?
I got this question all the time as a child. It was irritating because I thought the answer was so obvious. Of course not! I was completely happy as an only child. Didn’t miss having a sibling at all.
Then adulthood struck. And my answer changed. I would love to have a sister. More than anything.
So while I wouldn’t have minded whether Alex was a boy or girl I secretly wished for a girl. I wanted Charlotte to have a sister.
The two of them genuinely adore each other. I really hope it continues.
Over the Christmas break the people who used to live in our house stopped by to see the renovations. They were a family with two daughters - 17 and 19 years old. I couldn’t stop watching them as I trailed behind with my girls who are also 2 years apart in age. I was seeing my future. Or at least what I hope for my future. They were both polite, confident, intelligent, and friendly girls and they were clearly the best of friends.
Charlotte loves dressing exactly the same as her baby sister. Loves it.
So when I got dressed on Saturday and realized I could pull together an almost identical outfit for my girl I couldn’t resist.
- J Crew Swiss Dot Tuxedo Shirt
- Madewell Skinny Skinny Jeans - BEST BEST BEST BEST jeans ever.
- Target maternity tank - perfect for layering
- Sam Edelman High tops in blush