Thursday, October 29, 2015

Lottie turns five! Queen Elsa arrives! Happy birthday Princess Lottie!

Princess Charlotte Marie Flegal
is five years old!!

Lottie woke up so excited to open her presents.
She actually saw her frozen bike boxed up on the porch the day before.
See her hilarious account of that experience in this video.

After opening her presents,
the kids had doughnuts for her birthday breakfast
(her request, stop judging).
Lottie's birthday fell on a Sunday this year. Daddy and Henry were out of town still;
so the rest of the family went to two nursing homes
to sing with some primary friends and then went to our own church.

It was heartwarming to watch the kids sing,
"I am a child of God." Forrest stood with Lottie and Eliza and mouthed/sang
most of the song. It was kind of a miracle to watch as he still has a speech delay.
 Lottie smiled big as the children sang her a Happy Birthday song.
Little Lamb followed her around all day. 

That night, we drove to Salt Lake to celebrate with Nanna Teresa.
Those two are birthday twins, you know!

(Nanna made these incredible snowflake cupcakes for her party!)

We had a Halloween/Birthday party with the Flegals
and were reunited with Daddy and Henry.

A week later, we had your first ever friend birthday party! 
Queen Elsa, an incredibly special guest, also came!
Queen Elsa held a special coronation as she officially crowned you a Princess. 
She read you her story, played games with you and painted your princess faces! 
It was incredibly selfish (and awesome) of me to invite Elsa because 
we had a house full of adorable kids who believed she was the real deal. 
Their excitement was wonderful to behold. 
I only took a zillion photos of you.

(This might be my favorite)

Elsa thought our train was pretty cool. 
Get it... "cool" ??

Here's a video (boring for most)
of your birthday with Elsa.

And finally, my sappy love letter. 
(the letter was written first)

Dear Lottie,

My darling child, I love you. For the past few minutes, I've been staring at my fingers as they lay motionless on the keyboard. They've been reluctant to type because my brain is having a difficult time finding the words that would adequately describe how your Daddy and I feel about you. As always, I worry that my tendency to be over dramatic and sentimental will take away from the praise and adoration you deserve. Having acknowledged my awkward personality, let me proceed by sharing some of the reasons why I love you.

You are a wonderful sister. When you have Eliza's attention, you shine with excitement. I'm so pleased that you two are in a phase where you enjoy playing Barbies together. I loved playing Barbies growing up. To see my girls play together is a childhood wish come true. I fear this phase won't last too long, so for now I will forgive the constant Barbie mess. You love to dress up. You love to wear dresses during the week. Eliza loves to create. A great partnership has bloomed as Eliza schemes, plans and then uses you like a doll. You happily perform for us as you take in her instruction, bringing her vision to life. Whether it's video star productions or a runway show of her design, you two get on well. 
Your bond with Henry may be the most special. Sharing a room with him might be the reason why. He's your security blanket at night. Let's be honest, he's also your personal butler as I often see him doing you little favors. The two of you have navigated how to play together and not fight over space. You argue most when it comes time to clean and one of you (usually Henry) feels like the other person isn't contributing as much as they should. I know you two can't be roommates forever, but like the messy Barbie scene that exists upstairs, I want to make this bedroom situation last awhile longer. You two giggle at night, he reads you stories and are there for each other in the morning. You play well and care a lot about each other. 

As a big sister, you dote on Forrest. You are generous with your patience as he learns to share and understand his own feelings. You give up things on his behalf, usually, and are there to comfort him when Mom's scolding him for hurting you! You are content to spend your mornings with him when you're home. I often tell my friends that "spring babies" are the best because of how beautiful that time of year is. Not to mention, you have a few months to grow your baby before cold and flu season arrives. However, this year I'm realizing what a treasure it is having an October baby (you). I LOVE that Forrest and I get this extra year with you before Kindergarten begins. It feels like a present to me. 

Daddy and I love how affectionate you are. Of all my children, you hug and snuggle me out of the blue more than anyone. We love your smile, your laugh and your sass. I think your sweetness comes through easily in these photos but your personality is what endears you so much to your Daddy. You are witty, observant and self aware. You know how to charm and what to say to make Mama melt. More than anyone, you tell me that I'm beautiful. You also keep it real. The other day, at lunch you asked,

"Mom does so many steps. She steps and steps and steps. So how come she just keeps getting bigger, bigger and bigger?" It was more hilarious than hurtful. It still hurt. But you said it in a way that made Daddy and I laugh. (For the record, I've lost 11 pounds in the past 14 days on a clean eating challenge! Go Ali, go!)

You love spending time with friends. If the older kids have play date, you are quick to call out the injustice! It's a struggle to make you understand that life can't be perfectly fair everyday. Sometimes it's your turn to go to a birthday party, sometimes it's Eliza's. It evens out as time passes. Still, if it were up to you, play dates would happen daily. Some of your best friends right now are your soccer friends, cousins Ellie and Sara, Millie, Hadlee and Jada. 

You love preschool, tap dance and tumbling. You are thriving and it makes my heart swell with gratitude. I love your big brown eyes, your beautiful smile and your princess curls. You have our heart. We cherish and love you so much.

Happy birthday!


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