Sunday, October 12, 2008

Lil Tidbits at 4 years, 4 months...



Yep, today my baby is four years AND four months old. Ask her and she'll tell ya she'll be "foe and a half at Pwissmiss." I remind her on a daily basis that no matter how big she gets, she will ALWAYS be my baby. And, as much as my heart IS longing for another baby...I am really cherishing the incredibly special relationship that Lily and I have. There are so many times when it's just the two of us - and we truly enjoy each other's company. We do art projects, play Zingo, play "tag" outside, read books, tell stories, dance, sing, pray, and LAUGH...and LAUGH...(and LAUGH!)







So, here are some recent Lil Tidbits.






Her pre-school teacher relayed the first one to me...





-In class, they were discussing the differences between people - different features, skin colors, etc. Lily piped in with "My skin is tan because I was born in China and my parents flew on an airplane to get me!" Another time she excitedly exclaimed "We are different, but we are ALL God's creation!"





-Jay brought her up to see me at work one evening. She LOVES to help me around the restaurant, so I was letting her set some tables, and ring in some orders on the computer. She was so happy she nearly burst - next thing I know, she has herself wrapped around my leg and is squealing "I have DA BEST mommy!"






-There are still nights when she struggles to sleep well in her own bed. One night she called for me and explained that she was "having a hard time" and wanted to sleep in bed with mommy. I gave in and told her she could, so she began gathering Baby Spot and her blankie, but then sheepishly asked "how will my dad feel about this?" Another time she insisted that she couldn't sleep in her bed because "the wild noises outside my window make me nu-viss(nervous)." I told her to pray about it, so she did and managed to fall asleep. The next morning she told me that God took away the noises for her...and we haven't had a problem since! By the way, we live in a normal, and quiet neighborhood. There are no wild and crazy things going on outside.






The girl is a total sponge - so I am always extremely careful with the words I choose to say (especially when she is around). Unfortunately, not everyone does this. So, she has said and done some things that I don't appreciate. But, I realize these are all life lessons. We have had many discussions about only following or repeating someone who is making good choices and being a good example. Most of the time, she is really good about discerning which behaviors she can copy. However, I have still heard more times than I'd like "this is boring" or "I'm not INTO this, mom." Oh, and my favorite (picked up from a pre-school friend) "If you do that again, I'm not playing with you anymore." But, I know not to expect perfection from her...she's the first to remind me that only God is perfect - "we all make mistakes." Her pre-school teacher said to me the other day "All your days with Lily must be filled with such joy." And they are, they truly are. I think I will be forever pinching myself over this sweet girl who is so much more than a dream come true.




Pictured: Lily and her friend Molly, age 2. At our last play-date Lily said "Mowee is so cute, I could just eat her up!" (told ya she's a sponge)



















28 comments:

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Lily is toooo cute..
It is amazing how they put things together and the way they word things.
She is toooo smart for her own good.lol..
Love how she said she could eat her up.. LOVE IT..
Lily is tooo sweet..
Have a Great Day at work..
Nice talking to you last night.
love ya girly..

Daniella said...

love all the tidbits! We have a rule in our house that we never can say we are bored - too many things to do to ever be bored and now I have heard J say to his friends when they say it - you really can't be bored, there is always something to do and my other pet peeve is when someone asks what are you doing - never say nothing - Hope your weekend was wonderful :)

kerri said...

Mom, Lily is sooo cute we could eat her up, wink.
Love the tidbits, they are filled with cuteness!!

Meredith Teagarden said...

I love the memory keeper you are of Lily's moments, words, thoughts and expressions. A treasure!

Lilly's Sissy said...

its been awhile since I've stopped by! Hope everything is well!

Paula said...

I love lilly's comment in her preschool class. That is awesome. I want my girls to be proud that they are adopted too!

Jonni said...

Happy 4 years and 4 months sweet Lily-bug. I love the stories you share about Lily and your baby is just the sweetest. Sounds like school is going great too.

Hugs,
Jonni

Kristi said...

Adorable! That Lily! With my boys in high school, Anna and I have a lot of time alone together and I can relate to how special that one on one time is!

Panda-Mom said...

Laugh & Laugh & Laugh. That's the way to go! ; )

Janet said...

She is beyond adorable. I love how she talks, and her joy for life.

Denise C said...

Oh how precious your sweet girl is!!! I love all of these little tidbits!!! What a beautiful little heart she has!!!
Hugs to both of you!!!
Denise

Beverly said...

Great re-cap. She is adorable, I could just eat her up! heh.

Ashley said...

How sweet!!

sarah said...

I'm catching up on a few blogs . . . I loved reading about your sweet girl!!

Gee Gee said...

You tell Lily that I'm going to "eat her up" when I come there next week! She's so YUMMY!

The Byrd's Nest said...

You ARE Da Best Mommy because look at the precious angel you have raised. What a great response that we are ALL God's creation! I love her!

Pam said...

She is adorable.

mommy24treasures said...

I LOOOOVE when you do the tidbits:)
Cute cute. Your baby is 4 WOW~
And yes you are super mommy.

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Steffie B. said...

too cute....love her spunkiness! ;)

The Princess's Mommy said...

I am cracking up!! She is so precious!

Love,
Monica

Michelle said...

Love the Lily tidbits, Nikki! Especially love her answers to the "all people are different"!! She is truly adorable!

I also always tell Ella(when she is proclaiming what a big girl she is) that she will ALWAYS be my baby...no matter how old she gets! She usually gets feisty when I tell her that and exclaims "I am NOT a baby". I have to explain that even her 18 year old sister and 15 year old brother...are still my babies. lol!

Have a great day, my friend!!!

3 Peanuts said...

I love all the darling little Lily-isms. She is so smart and so cute!

Ashley Winters said...

Happy Birthday Lily. What a sweet, beautiful girl you have.

Oatsvall Team said...

i think her and maggie could be related because of the sleep issue ...lol ... Lil is a dream and I love hearing how she is growing up ... she will be a great sister !!!!

P.S. Emily loves to tell everyone that her and Maggie are not from the same orphanage ...

Rhea Anne said...

She is so precious. I know you are longing for another little one as much as me, but I too am thankful for each day that I get to spend with my son until she gets here. It will be a great CRAZY getting used to two. Blessings,

Anne Marie said...

I fall in love with Miss Lily a little bit more each time I read a l'l tidbits post, so I can't IMAGINE what you feel for your girl!

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