Monday, August 18, 2008

Oops! I blinked...

And looked what happened! Lily went from a babbling baby who could hardly sit up on her own, to an inquisitive and feisty "big girl" who is attempting to do most everything on her own! I took the first picture in April of 2005, in China. I took the second picture the other morning while Lily was watching TV and enjoying a cup of joe. This morning we went to Lily's school to drop off her paperwork, and got to see her classroom (where she will be in less than ONE MONTH)...I had to fight back the tears. I am so excited for her this year - she will learn so much, and I know she'll do great, but my baby is growing up so fast I can hardly catch my breath!




I remember wondering what her voice would sound like when she finally started talking...and now she chatters almost non-stop! And, the questions! Oh my! They come with hardly a breath to seperate them sometimes. But, in her own words: "I ask a wot of questions. Dat's how I learn, cuz I'm four." And, now when I don't have an answer for her she'll say "maybe we should go get a book." Yep, we'll be getting LOTS of books around here, I'm guessing.
Lily: "Dad, what is die?"
Dad: "When you're not alive anymore"
Lily: "What is not alive?"
Dad: "Well, when a bug is flying around, it's alive. But, what happens when it lands and somebody steps on it?"
Lily: "It dies."
Dad: "Exactly."
Lily: "Then the bug goes to heaven?"
Dad: "OK, sure."
Lily: "How does the bug get to heaven when it can't fly?"
-One of my favorite questions from her: If God made everyone, then who made God? Did He make Himself?
-As she was eating MacNCheese in her "fancy dwess" the other day, she spilled some and quickly asks me "Mom, is this dwess washable!?"
I love that she is filled with wonder - and that she is eager to ask questions and learn. I am enjoying age 4 and knowing that everyday brings with it something new...but she will always be my baby.

31 comments:

Juliette said...

I am always kind of nostalgic at this time of the year. Maëlle started school on Friday and I can't believe it's her second year already. She was such a baby last year on her first day compare to this year...
Her favourite book right now is no more a princess book but a small encyclopedia, but answers bring more and more questions, sigh!
They grow so fast but yes, they are still our babies no matter what.

Beverly said...

very sweet. love the pic too.

Gee Gee said...

I like Jay's example of a bug but then...How DOES it get to Heaven when it can't fly anymore?? Well, how DOES it, WELL, WELL???

JulieM said...

Lily is so cute! It is so fun that you document so much of what she says. You are going to be so thankful someday when you look back! Enjoy all the questions of wonder and innocence!

JulieM said...

Lily is so cute! It is so fun that you document so much of what she says. You are going to be so thankful someday when you look back! Enjoy all the questions of wonder and innocence!

JulieM said...

Lily is so cute! It is so fun that you document so much of what she says. You are going to be so thankful someday when you look back! Enjoy all the questions of wonder and innocence!

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Lily is beautiful...
Capture every moment because before you know you , you will be like me today.. Taking your baby to his last High-School sports physical.. it is unreal.. I will never take my baby to the doctor again...
Have a Great Week..
Love ya girly..
And by the way..
I am loving that dragonfly pink/orange jacket that Lily has on in China..
Hugs..

Janet said...

I LOVE four year olds! Their minds are amazing. They have so much too learn and they aren't afraid to ask...:-)

Michelle said...

Awww...Nikki! Time goes by sooo quickly, doesn't it? We really have to stop blinking!

I love that picture of Lily sitting with her legs crossed and enjoying her drink!!

Ella tells me often these days what a big girl she is. I always tell her that no matter how big she gets...she will always be my baby. To that I get...."I am NOT
a baby!" lol!

Have a wonderful evening, my friend!

Hey...when we win that lottery and quit our jobs, we won't have to be up this late at night. hee hee!!

Bella's momma said...

Oh honey, I know the feeling all too well!!!

~ try as hard as you can to not blink and take it all in!!!

She is precious~

Have a blessed day,

Krista

kerri said...

I am feeling a little blue about the whole school thing this year.
Where did the time go, it makes my head spin...
I love the innocence of a 4 yr old, it leaves me grinning when I read your sweet posts.

Rhea Anne said...

She is so cute. They do grow up so fast. My little boy is 5 and it just seems like yesterday I was bringing him home. You want them to grow and become all that God has created them for but you can't help missing those baby days. I am so glad we met each other.

Steffie B. said...

I feel the same way.....they are grwoing up too fast....but you'll have another baby before you know it! lol

Mommy Spice said...

Oh my goodness, how they grow. I'm going through the same thing with S.G. starting kindergarten. And the questions. Nonstop. I love to "hear" how Lily talks. So cute.

Linette said...

I know exactly how you feel Nikki! I've been so emotional with Hannah starting preschool in a couple weeks. I'm so excited for her but a little sad for me. (Okay, alot sad for me). You're so right though....she'll always be your baby! :)

Tiffany said...

How do they grow up so fast?
I wish sometimes I could just stop the clock for a little while.

Love the pictures!!!!!!!!

Chris and Deb said...

I have been thinking these same thoughts the past few days.....you blink and they change right before your eyes! I was just looking at Sophie tonight thinking that she was looking so tall! We must cherish every moment for sure! We too are loving this "4" stage! Never a dull moment with all of he questions! :) Have a great week Nikki!

Paula said...

They grow up so fast. I love her little questions. Now, the God one has got me thinking...hmmm, how do you answer that one.

The Byrd's Nest said...

Amazing how fast the time goes by....she is even more beautiful now than the first day you saw her!

The Princess's Mommy said...

She is just so darn cute!! Enjoy every minute...time does go by way too fast!!

Love,
Monica

PIPO said...

Growing so fast and such a beautiful girl - inside and out.

Jonni, John & Sofia said...

That's one smart little girl you got there Nikki. She asks some pretty good questions. I know what you mean about them growing before your eyes. She is an amazing young lady.

Hugs,
Jonni

Amy said...

There must be book in her cute quotable quotes! She was a darling baby and remains ever so cute!

Beth and Shayna said...

You have one sweet and smart girl! Time does fly by with these cuties.

Pam said...

It is amazing how much the girls have grown. We get lots of questions here also.

mommy24treasures said...

ahhh yes she is growing up... I am so glad we h ave bloggegd all of these precious memories of our girls.

Kate said...

Oh...you are so right....blink and you miss it!! My Lia will be 4 in December (and believe me...she is counting the days!). It tugs at my heart strings to see her grow up so quickly...but my, what joy she brings....we laugh a lot around here too!! I guess we all just do our best to enjoy every blessed day!!

Lily is just beautiful!

Kate

Panda-Mom said...

I absolutely ADORE the pics of y'all on the swing!!

Oatsvall Team said...

She is getting so big and growing into a little bit of who she will ultimately be ... i adore all the Lil sayings ... She is one smart cookie!

Denise C said...

OH I know just what you mean Nikki! My "little girl" is 12! I blinked too many times! But honestly....each year is so very precious...different from he one before but just as magical!
Such sweet blessings...our girls!

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