Monday, January 31, 2011


Today was my four year well check with Dr. Dan. He checked me out thoroughly and even described me as "perfect" (42", 38 lbs.). I think he was trying to butter me up because he knew the horrible shots were on the way. Mommy had been warned by other moms that the four year shots are rough. I only screamed for a minute, but my legs looked like pin cushions! The highlight of the morning was meeting a new friend, Leila, who, like me, brought her "doctor gear" along for the appointment. We had fun playing doctor while we waited.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Berenstain Bears

Mommy and Daddy took me to see a live show of the Berenstain Bears at The One World Theater. They managed to fit it lessons about stranger danger, eating healthy foods and jealousy...all in an hour!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Dino Dan

As a nice balance to my obsession with all things girly, I am equally excited about DINOSAURS. My favorite t.v. show at the moment is Dino Dan on my preschool channel. It's the first non-cartoon show I have watched. There's a little boy named Dan who sees dinosaurs in his environment and teaches about them through experiments he conducts. No offense to my dear friends, but Dino Dan was #1 on my birthday party guest list. (I also ask every time the phone rings if it's Dino Dan calling) Mommy explained that he lives too far away and couldn't come to the party, but he did send me this shirt in the mail. I want to wear it every day and night!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

From Daddy

Little Girl, Little Girl,
You keep getting bigger and bigger. I knew you would grow fast, but this is ridiculous. No matter how much I love who you are every day, each new day brings more growth, more joy and more love. Your hugs and kisses light up my life.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

You're 4? How is that Possible?

Dearest Victoria Pearl,

I wrote you letters every month for your first three years, and they became redundant with the sentiment of you are growing up way too fast. I now haven't written you an "official" letter since your third birthday. The first thing I want to say it that you are growing up too fast! Every time you want me to carry you, I jump at the opportunity because I know the occasions to do so are shrinking as your body seems to be expanding at alarming speed.

In addition to watching you grow like a weed, I have an ever-increasing ability to learn about YOU through your personality and actions. There are so many facets to you that it's difficult to describe who you are - you are sweet, compassionate, affectionate, friendly, stubborn, dramatic, tempermental, animated, funny and ornery with a fair dose of spoiled rottenness mixed in. You are just starting to want to be independent in some things. Otherwise, you prefer to have things handled/done for you and often play the damsel in distress, especially for your daddy. To help with independence and responsibility you now have chores around the house which include setting and clearing the table, feeding the cat and cleaning up your toys. You never meet a stranger - everyone is "my friend". You have a smile, a wave, a hug for everyone...unless you are mad and then WATCH OUT! When you do get upset, you have to calm down on your own and usually do so quickly. I have learned to just stay out of the way!

What are your favorite things at four? Your cat Barbie is at the top of the list. You also love princesses and dinosaurs and any little characters/people/animals that you can use for pretend play. You don't like to be alone and would prefer to have a house full of people. When you aren't at school or therapy, we are playing, reading, going full force until bedtime. Speaking of bedtime, it has changed. I used to give you your binkies and off to sleep you would go. I really thought you would NEVER give up your binky. As you often do, you surprised me with the ease of it. Now, though, you want me to stay with you until you fall asleep. At first, I thought I didn't want to start that habit, but that was just the "baby book advice" overriding my common sense. Now, we have this special time each night as I read to you and then snuggle and say prayers. Sometimes you giggle as you're falling asleep - no doubt recounting something that happened that day. Moments like that are precious to me.

Selfishly, my favorite thing about this past year is your ability to tell me you love me (sometimes even, "I love you so, so much!"). For all mothers, those words are sweet. For me, each word represents a little miracle. You work so hard to accomplish what comes so easily for others. You have so many people on your team - professionally and personally - who love you dearly. It's you and me, though, who walk through each day, side-by-side, hand-in-hand, heart-to-heart fighting to give you the voice to express all those qualities I mentioned. It's both exhausting and rewarding. It means I am sometimes the outlet for your frustration, but I'll happily be your punching bag because I know it also means I get to be your biggest cheerleader. I would love to just gather you in my lap, hold you close and make it all better for you. While I'll always do more than my fair share of comforting you, I know it's equally important that I help you reach your full potential by pushing, expecting...

I can't wait to see what this next year holds!

I love you more than you can imagine,

Happy 4th Birthday

Although I had the big celebration this past Saturday, we celebrated my actual birthday at home this evening with a cake that Mommy made, but Daddy got credit for. I had asked for a Barbie cake, but I specifically said, "I want Daddy to make me a Barbie cake." I am not sure what prompted this request, given Daddy hasn't baked or cooked one thing in all of my four years. Maybe I thought it was time! Anyway, other than the mishap in which Mommy caught the napkins on fire, the quiet evening at home was just perfect.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Birthday Party

Today we celebrated my birthday with a Princess Party! My friends came in their finest royal attire - we had princes, knights, dragons and plenty of princesses...including CINDERELLA. She came and entertained us with a magic show, parachute games, face painting, bubbles and balloon twists. I was her helper for the activities - I even stopped the show so I could go get my wand to help with the magic. It was a special day. I can't stop talking about it!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Max's Pool Party

How fun to have a swimming party in the middle of winter! My friend Max celebrated his 4th birthday with a party at Emler Swim School. His mom, of course, made a super cool cake complete with a blue jello pool (the photo doesn't do it justice!). I used to take lessons here - in fact, that's how I first met Max. It was good to be back in the pool and good to be able to celebrate with Max!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

*#+^$%$# Cancer

Well, we unfortunately found out that Daddy's radiation treaments did not work. He and Mommy visited MD Anderson to visit with the doctors there. They confirmed that although there isn't anything available that will "cure" the cancer at this point, there are medications that can prolong its progression - maybe even for several years. Also, there are a couple of treatment options on the horizon that are potential break-throughs! If anyone can beat the odds, it's Daddy...who still feels well and isn't convinced he even HAS cancer! He's really incredible, and he's MY daddy!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Aunt Pearl 1911-2011

Me with Aunt Pearl - 2007

Today was a sad day. Four months shy of her 100th birthday, we said goodbye to our dear Aunt Pearl. As you can probably guess, my middle name came from her. She was strong and feisty and kind and generous and funny and so many of the things I aspire to be.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Bath Time with Barbie

I have the silliest cat in the world - just the way I like him!

First Sleepover

While Mommy and Daddy went to the Cotton Bowl to see the Aggies play LSU, I got to spend the night with Abbie and Aiden. Given that on most mornings, my first words are, "I go to Abbie's house?", I don't even need to explain what a great time I had.