Natalie is so many things- full of energy, determination, full of imagination, poise and imitation. She is quick to laugh and be silly, loves to do anything that I wrinkle my nose at. She is determined to do everything her big sister does, and is so proud of herself when she can do the big kid things. She’s doing two preschools this month, and we’re trying to figure out kindergarten for next year.
She loves to make model walks and pause with her hand on her hip. She is always pretending she’s the host of a show, or selling a product, or teaching a class….any role that puts her in the position of knowledge and authority. She will hold onto huge words and use them terribly out of context “Mom, my toothbrush is crazy off it’s hinges…” or “Mom, you mop like a Roman Army…” Or “Leo, you’re so indefensible.” We laugh, which only drives her fascination with big words to new levels, to make us laugh.
Natalie is so dramatic it hurts. I’ll compliment Leo and immediately hear, in a strained semi sobbing voice “Mom, I wished you loved me too!” Or “Mom you make the best popcorn ever!” with a big kiss. Or “Mom, I’m grumpy because I’m just having a really tough day today.” ( After a day of playing and watching tv and absolutely nothing hard at all) Or “Mom, I’m trying to be an ice princess but it’s so hard when you never take me ice skating” or my favorite, upon telling her to hurry up and put her pajamas on “I can’t Mom, I NEED to make all my dreams come true, and I never have enough time to wish upon stars….” I love seeing the world through her black and white and pink sparkly view of it all.
Recently she attended a 3 musketeers party and absolutely loved it. Strong yet stylish (one of her favorite words), she’s always loved Barbie and the 3 musketeers. But after her friend’s party she knows moves and a sequence for fighting. And she has a real sword.
The 3 musketeers party was put on by a good friend- the girls decorated masks, learned some fencing and rules for play fighting, and played with ribbon streamers. They went home with a play sword and some other goodies. Kudos to my girl Alli for the great party and cute pictures. One girl with a sword in a princess dress is cute. But 8 of them? I can’t handle all the cuteness.
Hooray for strong and beautiful little girls!