Yesterday, my peanut turned 4. Oh my, where is the time going?!? I know all us parents feel the same way and we are always told “it goes by so fast” and it truly does. Often way too fast. One minute you have a newborn baby and the next she’s a sassy 4 year old with her own opinions and ideas.
3 was a tough age for Zoe. She didn’t really have the terrible 2′s as much as the terrible 3′s. It often felt like a daily fight with her, that she never listened and was always getting into trouble. I’m hoping all that is behind us because it was very exhausting. I also felt guilty just about every night over how much I yelled at her. But lately it seems like we are having more and more good days.
We celebrated Zoe’s 4th birthday with 4 days of festivities. We started Saturday by taking the girls into the city to see Pinkalicious: The Musical (Zoe was Pinkalicious for Halloween!) and a really great dinner at one of our favorite Mexican restaurant (and we were pleasantly surprised to find out they were very kid-friendly!) Then Sunday was Zoe’s birthday party with almost her whole class. She had so much fun! Then later on we had our families over to open presents and have more cake! Monday, Veteran’s Day, was Zoe’s actual birthday and today she got to have cupcakes in her class and celebrate again. I’m pretty sure I’m more tired than she is!
Zoe is an amazing little girl. She is so kind-hearted and thoughtful, specifically when it comes to her sister, Piper. If she gets something, she wants to make sure Piper gets something too. At her birthday party, with all her friends, she kept playing with Piper and asking where she was if she didn’t see her. They truly love each other and are the best of friends. Zoe is playful, silly and smart. And I know I’m very biased, but she is so incredibly beautiful.
We did her 4 year session last week on a warm day, just her and I. It was so nice to spend some time alone with her. I remember watching her as a baby and infant and would just watch her in awe. She just amazed me every day. Lately, I feel like I am so busy with work, I miss out on just watching her again. I’m looking forward to the quietly winter months with work so I can slow down and watch her again.
Just when I think Zoe is all silly, she strikes this pose all by herself:
And she kept posing. It was so cute:
She decided to tickle herself with the willow. So silly:
Silliest of the silly:
I love the light on her hair. And I love her hair:
This face is so Zoe:
And so is this. I love that smile:
My little warrior:
She asked to take some pictures in this spot and I couldn’t say no:
Then I spied this tree with the gorgeous light:
Next we went to this little field with gorgeous light and even some dandelions, which she absolutely loves:
This picture cracks me up every.single.time. I look at it. She was in the middle of the inhale to blow the dandelions but it is so hilarious:
I couldn’t decide on a processing that I liked on this series but I loved the pictures:
Oh, how I love this girl:
And her hair! All I had to do was talk to her about the chocolate lollipop she was getting in the car on thew way home and she was all smiles:
I look at this picture and can’t believe she’s only 4:
Happy 4th Birthday, my love!