Friday, April 12, 2013

elle's 4th birthday interview

This year I interviewed Elle and plan to ask her the same questions next year to compare.

Here are the questions and interview results:
1. What is your favorite color? pink & purple
2. What is your favorite toy? my ponies
3. What is your favorite fruit? grapes & strawberries
4. What is your favorite TV show? Strawberry Shortcake
5. What is your favorite movie? Ariel & My Little Pony
6. What is your favorite thing to wear? Ariel
7. What is your favorite animal? dolphin & sharks & octopuses
8. What is your favorite song? Ariel songs
9. What is your favorite book? I Am a Princess
10. Who is your best friend? Cydney
11. What is your favorite snack? Lucky Charms
12. What is your favorite drink? milk
13. What is your favorite breakfast? Fruit Loops
14. What is your favorite lunch? meat & carrots
15. What is your favorite dinner? tater tots & corndogs & hotdogs
16. What is your favorite game? Strawberry Shortcake
17. What is your favorite thing to play outside? frisbee
18. What is your favorite holiday? Easter
19. What do you sleep with at night? my blanket
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? nothing! just myself

Monday, April 8, 2013

elle's 4th birthday party

This year I wasn't sure if I'd still be on crutches for Elle's birthday so we decided to do a party at Metro where Elle goes once a week. We just wanted something simple that she could enjoy doing with her friends and would represent a little part of her at this age. Elle's teacher Ms. Selena was there to watch the kids and show them how to use the equipment. It was as if it was meant to be because they played Disney music in the background and that's what Elle requests in the car every day of the week! 

They had the whole place to themselves and played hard! So hard, Todd lost his pants at one point!


We did something a little different and had an ice cream sandwich bar. The kids could scoop their mini m&m's, mini chocolate chips, coconut, chopped pecans, or crushed pretzel onto their plate and then dip their sandwich in the toppings.

Elle was so blessed to have so many of her little friends come play with her. We asked everyone to consider bringing sports equipment for Oklahoma Cleats for Kids in lieu of gifts. We had talked to Elle about this, and she wasn't too happy to give up gifts; however, she did very well when she opened a present and it really wasn't for her. Several guests were very gracious and brought her some wonderful gifts anyway! As a party favor, the kids got these Flipz and a twisty straw! The tag said, "Thanks for flipping and twisting today for Elle's 4th birthday!"

Elle had a lot of fun, but Todd had a blast! He was a maniac running around everywhere. I think he thought he was in heaven because that's what he wants to do every Monday when we're there for class, but he has to stay with his class. He couldn't resist climbing up to the water fountain and even got cousin Derek to help him out!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Elle (is 4!) april 2013

In the past month Elle has made a big change...she turned 4! Such a big girl and her Daddy and I feel like we just brought her home from the hospital! She's been working on breaking from her blanket a little more. She can take it with her, but it stays in the car, and some days it just stays home. She's getting more brave, even if her behavior at church doesn't show it. She even wanted everyone to sing to her this year, which is a big difference from a year ago. She is using such big words, and she picks up quickly on so much around her. She's so smart! She's done much better lately on writing her letters and getting the sounds down. She is such a nature girl too, and I'm constantly finding little treasures in her pockets. Her favorite color is pink, and is quick to name who else likes pink or what everyone else's favorite color is. She's so fun to be around when she's not being dramatic. There are no words to describe how thankful we are to have these past 4 years with Elle-m-n-o-p! 
We got her a bike because she was so good about giving up her trike and she's loving it! She can't wait until I can get back on mine to ride with her. She even made me ask the physical therapist about it specifically! Todd had to have a try too when sister wasn't looking! She was so blessed with presents from some family that morning too!
After breakfast and presents we headed to the Science Museum. Elle's friend Alohi, who lives in Nebraska now, but was visiting for a couple of weeks, was going to miss her party. So to do something special we invited her and her mom, and brother to join us at the museum. Mr. Brennan (one of the guys I work with at church, and who is known as Pepaw to Alohi and Po'okela) joined us too, which was nice since it's a big museum, and the kids were running around, which was hard for me to keep up with on my hip after a while, and it gave him extra time with the Kochers. 
I made some cupcakes and they had fun decorating them!
Then Grammy and Grandad joined us for the rest of the day! They brought lots of fun presents and then we went out to Hideaway and Braum's for pizza and ice cream. Such a fun evening with them and Elle was exhausted when she got home!