Saturday, March 18, 2006

happy birthday annabelle grace

my annabelle is 4 years old today. we've been planning her party for weeks, and it did not disappoint. very small and cozy and comfortable, full of phone calls from aunts and uncles and grandparents in mexico and texas. three of her favorite cousins came to the house to party with us, along with poppy and tata. (all of her cousins are her favorite cousins...but her older cousin, hudson, holds a special place in her heart. she will be heartbroken when she realizes that it is not appropriate to marry him) today, she couldn't be happier.

Four is so strange. So strange to be talking about kindergarten with expectation, and not just something that we will deal with "some day". So strange to realize that nobody considers her to be a baby anymore. So strange that she prefers "My Little Pony" over babyish toys like "Little People".

we have a mommy/bella day planned tomorrow. we're going to the park to take"4 year old" pictures, and probably out to eat and play. we gave her a little princess camera, her first little camera and we are going to photograph everything her 4 year old eye spies. i'm excited and she is too.

tonight, i was eating a salad (well...most people wouldn't consider it to be a "salad", it was just spinach, carrots, cucumbers and tuna) to "cancel out" the cupcakes and chocolate and 4 glasses of lemonade that i consumed, and bella leaned over from her salad (spinach, carrots, and caesar dressing) and took a small piece of tuna out of my bowl. she tasted it and made a little face until i informed her that she liked tuna.
"how do you know that i like tuna?" she asked, very intrigued with my mysterious ways, i'm sure.
"well, when i was pregnant with you and you were in my belly, i ate tuna almost every day. i didn't ever eat tuna until you were in my belly, so i guess it was you that liked tuna."
she smiled at such a funny picture.
she said, "i remember mama, i was in your belly and i looked up at your throat when you were eatin tuna and i opened my mouth and ate some and it was so good."
"yep, that's how it happened alright. you wanted tuna and oranges all the time."
"mama! i LOVE oranges. i ate them when i was in your belly!"
she thought about this some more and said,
"mama, amy's belly is getting bigger. she eats a lot of food. i think baby jocelyn really likes to eat food like i did."


At 3/19/2006 7:32 AM, Blogger Phyllis RenĂ©e said...

Happy birthday Annabelle. My son's birthday was yesterday. He is 25!! It doesn't get any easier realizing they are growing up. Well, in my sons case, at least getting older :o)

At 3/19/2006 9:30 AM, Anonymous kris said...

Happy Birthday, Bella!!!!!! Have fun with your mama at the park. Can't wait to see your pretty pictures. :)

Mindi, she is so adorable. Her talk about eating while in your belly made me smile.

At 3/19/2006 2:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday again Bella - I loved being at your party and eating those cupcakes was soooo delcious...I love you my little 4-yr young grand daughter....
love tata

At 3/19/2006 5:50 PM, Blogger sjobs said...

Happy Birthday Bella.....

Four is so much fun according to my 5 year old daughter who is starting Kindergarten in the fall.


At 3/20/2006 9:52 AM, Blogger The Gallaghers said...

Happy Birthday from your friends, The Gallaghers! You are such a doll.

At 3/20/2006 6:01 PM, Blogger Valerie Dykstra said...

Happy Birthday, Dear Bella.

At 3/22/2006 7:56 PM, Blogger amazing grace said...

Happy Birthday Bella!!! Loved reading the 'tuna fish' story and when bella was in your cute!

i love bella stories!

At 3/22/2006 8:55 PM, Blogger Heather said...

Happy Birthday (late) Bella!! You have such a beautiful mind, and you are a treat to read about!!

Mindi, I love your stories. You share them so wonderfully and I can just imagine the conversations you and your children have. You're such a good mom!

At 3/26/2006 6:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy late b-day little girl!


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