Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Whitney at Three

Whitney had her birthday this week. I feel like the lamest mom ever because I have been so STRESSED OUT over paperwork for new car, selling house, looking for new house, etc, that she had to settle for a less-than-perfect party. It didn't help that Brandon had a kindergarten program at school the same evening as her birthday, either. So we went to the program (which was really cute) and then asked Whitney where she wanted to go out to eat? Any guesses where she chose? McDonalds. Yum??? We let her and Brandon run around the playland for a while and then came home for cake and ice cream and presents. I think she had a fun evening, but I wish I would've put more creativity and planning into it so it could've been something really special. Anyway....

I wanted to try to capture some of the cute little things about Whitney at this age, so I don't forget. The time goes by so fast!!

Whitney at Three Years Old
*Wakes up with wild and crazy hair in the mornings.
I love it! It is adorable on her.

*Eats cold cereal for breakfast every morning.
Her favorites are Apple Jacks and Cocoa Puffs.

*Loves to watch TV. It's a good thing we have
a time limit with this child. I think she could watch
all day. Her favorite shows right now are Curious
George, Clifford, anything with Elmo in it (still),
Dora, and Little Einsteins.

*Looks forward to going to the library for storytime
every week. She sits rather quietly and attentively through
the 30 minutes of stories (most weeks). Really enjoys the
art projects that we do when storytime is over and has
created some masterpieces.

*Loves to have stories read to her. This is one of her
favorite things to do at home and her nursery teacher
at church tells me the same thing. She'll just keep choosing
books as long as you'll read to her. Let's hope the love
of reading lasts.

*Is a complete Daddy's girl. Screams, "Daaaaaa-deeeeee"
as soon as she hears the door open when he gets home from
work. She runs to give him big hugs and will ask him,
"How was your day, Daddy?"
She knows just how to melt his heart.

*Takes a 2+ hour nap pretty much every day.
I thought she was growing out of it for a while, but
over the past few days has been ASKING, "Is it
time for my nap yet?" I don't know if it's because
my stress is rubbing off on her or she's going through
a growth spurt.

*Enjoys doing puzzles and is pretty darn good at them.

*Is very much a social butterfly. Hates leaving
friends' houses or other gatherings.

*Is about as girly as they come. The only thing
she requested for her birthday was a new dress-up
dress. I got her one and she bought another with
her birthday money. (As if she didn't have 10 already!)
You can never have enough dress-ups!

*Gets scared easily. If Brandon gives a loud ROAR,
she honestly gets freaked out and comes running to
us for protection.

*Loves snuggling with her Daddy on Saturday mornings.

*Loves having her toenails painted.

*Has a great vocabulary and sometimes even
uses words in the right context. :)

*Likes for us to sing her a song before she
goes to sleep. Her two favorites right now:
"What's That Noise?" (an Andrea original)
and "High On the Mountaintop" by her
great-great-great-great Grandpa
(or as she says, her "Great Big" Grandpa)

*We think she is just about the cutest little girl ever!
She brings so many smiles to everyone around her
and tons of joy into our home.


Sandy said...

Happy Birthday Whitney! Great list and really cute pictures!!

Grandma Sweat said...

If there's anything cuter than a 3-year-old girl, I don't know what it is. They're at that age before they start losing teeth and getting gangly - still total princesses. Thanks so much for sharing the lists of Whitney's favorite things. I'm glad Jayne is back - I've been wondering where she went. Where were you Jayne?
Grandma Sweat
It's easy for me to write "Grandma Sweat" since my mother-in-law was "Grandma Ranquist" -but I'll betcha some day when you're Grandma Sweat Andrea, it will seem kinda weird to be ME :)

Natalie said...

This post was so cute! We just adore Whitney (Brandon too of course). She is so sweet and easily excited. It makes me wish I was three again. I love when she goes into her really high voice and says "Is it time for nursery? I am so excited!".

I am just going to throw this out there again...anytime you need a babysitter let me know!

Amy said...

Happy birthday Whit! She is such a cute and sweet little princess.

Denny & Joe said...

Oh Whitney, what a charmer. Loved your descriptions of her 3-year-old life. Too cute.

g & g hiatt said...

Tell us about your 4-great grandpa
and "High On The Mountain Top".
Ebeneezer Beesley? Joel H. Johnson?
That's very interesting.
Thanks for sharing such great pics.

andrea said...

Grandma and Grandpa--

Yes, Joel Hills Johnson is an ancestor on Dennis' side of the family. He has a really interesting life story.