I think you have had a pretty special birthday. When you woke up, Nonna and Pop took you to IHOP for a wonderful birthday breakfast. Then you stopped by Mommy's school to shop at the Book Fair. After a quick nap, you headed to ballet...and then to Toys R Us. We finished your birthday with dinner at Cheddar's (yum!) and presents and a cookie cake at home.
I want to take just a minute and thank you for being you--thank you for your innocent giggles and your sweet smile. Thank you for coming back to give me a second or third hug when you're leaving with someone else besides me. That simply warms my heart and fills my love tank to overflowing! Thank you for all the things you say and all the silly songs you sing. My favorite by far is "This is hot, this is hot; don't touch something, this is hot" while holding the candle lighter. lol. You definitely keep us on our toes! I love your sweet voice...I love your sweet toddler lisp. And I know that one day I will miss it. I love that you say you are "bee" instead of "three". Thank you for having your very own unique personality that is part me, part Daddy, and then a whole bunch of sassy you all rolled into one. It is refreshing! And thank you for being an active learner even when we think you're not paying attention.
Your voice has to be one of my most favorite things right now...and I love (most of the time anyway) how much you talk to me. :o) Just the other day when we were driving home, you noticed how blue the sky was. You said, "Mommy, do you see the pretty sky?" When I said I did you replied, "It's so pretty. God made that sky." I pray that you will continue to grow in the Lord and will one day realize the sacrifice He made for you. We pray for your heart every night, sweet girl...along with thanking God for Nonna, Pop, Gramps, RahRah, "people, somebody" and a whole list of people you love! You always say, "Mommy, Daddy, Hallie" just to make sure Daddy addressed us. I'm so thankful that you are learning early to have a thankful heart!
Here's a little "Hallie List":
*You weigh just a little more than 30 pounds and are wearing 3T shirts and 2T/3T bottoms.
*You are completely "potty trained". One weekend in January, you decided you wanted to make a potty chart. We never looked back and you've been using the potty ever since! Way to go! While it makes me a little sad that you're growing up, we are incredibly proud of this milestone (and the few dollars it will save us each month). :o)
*I have completely lost count of your words/phrases...you can say almost anything you want. You speak in complete, grammatically correct (for the most part) sentences all the time...except when you want milk. Then you just simply scream "MILK!" at me. lol. And every single time I say, "Hallie, I need you to ask for your milk in a big girl voice." And you comply. ;o)
*You are constantly amazing us with your vocabulary...at supper tonight, you and Daddy were looking at the fish. All the fish were at the bottom of the tank. Daddy asked you why you thought they were down there. You thought for a second and said, "Um, I bet they're shy."
*You are a sweet girl and you're learning to share quite nicely--this makes Mommy and Daddy very happy!
*You love Chick-fil-A (and so does Mommy). You also trade in your book/prize for ice cream all by yourself. You say, "I'd like ice cream, please." Then you tell them you'd like it in a cone. And when they hand it to you, you say, "Thank you." And while you're walking back to me (b/c I'm watching the whole time), you have a great sense of accomplish written across your sweet face.
*I learned that I could trust you just last week--you wanted to slide on the playground at Chick-fil-A one more time. So we talked about doing so and then coming straight out so we could go home...I talked about how I wanted to trust you to obey. You surprised RahRah and me by going in, sliding, and walking straight out to go home. We were (and still are) VERY proud of you. You were pretty proud of yourself, too. :o)
*You can still throw one heck of a fit if you don't get your way...the fit is usually accompanied with tiredness and hunger. :o)
*You're a pretty good eater, but really usually eat only two meals a day. You love pancakes and bacon, anything with flavor (think spicy!), hotdogs, chicken, grilled cheese, yogurt, "Princess soup" (chicken noodle soup), spaghetti, green beans, and broccoli. I know there are tons of things you like that I didn't list...your new favorite thing is "Spicy Water" (Sprite/Sierra Mist). Ha! I'm just glad you like to eat b/c at one point I wasn't sure you ever would! :o)
*You take one nap a day that lasts for a glorious 2-3 hours.
*You love to pick out your own clothes and are pretty stinking good at it...you just don't always choose season appropriate things. :o)
*You still love taking ballet and are extremely good at it. You follow your teacher's directions and listen well. It's breath-taking to watch you dance. I really do hope you continue to take ballet as you get older.
*You love to read--we read three books each night...I know you'd read 20 books if we'd let you!
I know there are a million other things I could write about you, my sweet girl. I am so blessed to know you, to love you, and to have you love me. Daddy and I are much better people because of you! God knew exactly what we needed in our life!
Happy 3rd birthday, Hallie! We love you very much!!