Lilly turned four on April 11th. I know everyone tells you how time flies, but I truly remember Lilly being born like it was yesterday. I feel like I have blinked, and have a 4-year old. It's hard to find quiet time to just sit and reflect these days, but when I'm feeding Hannah in the night, I find myself sitting and thinking quite a bit. I keep going back to a moment that took place earlier this week. After playing outside and having baths, Jack, Lilly and I were having a dance party waiting for Jim to come home. I picked Lilly up and we were dancing in the living room together, and I realized how big she is. She seemed so tall and such a little girl. She seemed so far away from those baby days--the same ones that I'm going through with Hannah now. It made me sad, so I held onto her a little bit longer than usual and reminded myself to remember these moments; she won't want me to pick her up and dance to Hakuna Matata with her forever. She's still so little, but she's the oldest Little Clark, which makes her seem so much more grown up than she is.
|One of my favorites...Lilly when she was 1 day old.|
Just like the past few years, Lilly's birthday celebrations seem to last for weeks. The pictures tell the story better than I can. Here is how Lilly's birthday morning unfolded.
|Lilly saw her scooter!|
|the butterfly garden!|
|Making her birthday snack on her last afternoon as a 3-year old|
|Off to school as a 4-year old!|
|passing out snack|
|Jack wouldn't miss out on snack time!|
|Lilly got to call out everyone's names during attendance|
|Telling everyone about her 4th year, which included playing tricks on Dad, and Papa calling the "Nuny Nuny Police". Thank goodness I didn't have to explain the Nuny Nuny Police to Miss Reilly!|
For Lilly's birthday party, she asked to get her nails painted with a few of her friends from school and her cousin, Lauren. So, a few weeks ago, when Auntie Ells was here, we went off to get frozen yogurt and paint nails! The girls were so sweet and had the best time.
|Lauren, Lilly, Madeline, Lila and Ava|
|Lilly's first glimpse of her painted nails!|
Lilly got a butterfly garden for her birthday, so we spent the past two weeks watching caterpillars turn into butterflies. It has been pretty amazing. I think Jim and I were more excited when the butterflies emerged than Lilly was! Since butterflies don't have the longest lives, it was time to set them free yesterday afternoon.
And so ends another birthday celebration for our sweet little Lilly, who changed our lives four years ago when she made Jim and me parents. What an amazing addition she has been to our lives. Happy Birthday to our cheerful, clever, funny, full of personality, never-stops-talking 4-year old!