Posts Tagged ‘4 year old’

“Inside Out” Scooter Birthday Party Recap

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Birthdays, LIFE

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I seem to have this habit now: blogging about Lexi’s last birthday party right before her new one. Probably because I am thinking about it, so it pushes me to talk about the last one.

I already posted the 4th birthday photos we shot with the scooters here, now it’s time to show what the party itself looked like.

This was the first party where I did not focus on making sure I had the perfect decor and food. Probably because I am so much busier than previous years. The idea of the party came to me literally 2 weeks before the birthday. So we did the best we could with items in a retail store, rather than online which is where I normally search for and buy decorations for other birthday parties.

We had a main Inside Out birthday party theme and the Scooter after party. Every guest received their own scooter to use and take home, which was a fun and unexpected “party favor” to give.

 

 

 

We decorated the rooms in our house into Emotion Rooms. The main party area with the food was Joy, all food on the table was yellow – bananas, fish sticks, organic chicken nuggets for those who eat meat, oranges, cheese, pears, chips.

The cake and candy table was Bing Bong, pink and colorful. The one thing we did splurge on was the cake. Though honestly, I do not think it was necessary this time. Everyone enjoyed the cake itself, not the decorations on the cake. Damn, it makes me want to have cake.

One of the bathrooms was the FEAR room. With a gross bug on the handle and a skeleton hanging on the wall and spooky music playing. We had fun walking each and every guest into the Fear room. Everyone loved it.

The playroom was separated into SADNESS with the tent covered in blue balloons and blankets to sit and be sad in and DISGUST with a table with yucky bugs and critters.

All the room boards were decorated by Lexi. I wrote the words and she proceeded to match it up with the right emotion and help me draw things on it.

Everyone enjoyed the ANGER room. It had red balloons and red tissue paper that everyone could stomp on and tear apart and be angry, along with blow up baseball bats for taking your anger out on other things or people. There was lots of pretend fighting and then we had a dance party!

After everyone ate and played, and blew the candles and enjoyed the cake.

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Finally, we went for what in my opinion was the best party of the party: SCOOTER ride. We spent probably 3 hours riding around (along with adults) and hanging out on the cul de sac. Some of the neighbor kids joined in and we all had a lot of fun. Even adults rode our big scooters.

When everyone left, Lexi opened her presents. To her surprise, it was all Lego (that was all she ever played with so when asked about what she liked, we said “legos”), she lay there staring at them and then immediately demanded that we build them all. :) which we did!

This year, we will be doing a party outside of our home, since we moved into a much smaller place. And as much as I would love to plan something at our community clubhouse, I don’t have the mental energy to do it all. So we are outsourcing it to an indoor playground type of place since there will be even more kids this time. :)

My Four Year Old!

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Letters to Lexi, LIFE, Photo Stories, TODDLER

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What are you like at 4?

You understand and use concepts and words like “dehydration” or “cumulonimbus.”

You make hilarious jokes and laugh at ours.

You are not shy at all. You will talk in lengths about everything on your mind with anyone who will listen. And will walk up to total stranger. Will actually seek people out to talk to.

You think it’s funny when someone farts.
You use sarcasm in responding to us.

You have a love and hate relationship with homeschooling but will sit through 2 hours of it without complaining.

You are a rule follower. This makes you an absolutely perfect child. I am going to have to teach you how to break some rules when you’re older 😉

You eat pretty much everything we offer you, except for cooked peppers or spicy food.

Your favorite foods are so varied I would have trouble naming only one.  You love fish, soups and vegetables.

Your favorite snack is edamame peas which you call “mommy peas” because that’s what you heard initially and you just always thought those were mommy peas :)

You still don’t eat meat and don’t consume dairy except for in ice cream and occasional kefir. You don’t seem to have any interest in cheese or cow’s milk.

Your favorite treat is ICE CREAM.

Anyone who comes in contact with you usually ends up saying the same thing about you ” Wow what a sweet little girl!” Because you are really really kind and sweet.

You are 43 inches exactly and have just graduated to a front facing seat, because you’ve reached Clek’s limits.

You are incredibly empathetic like you have always been.

Your personality, if described in a few words, is: extroverted, friendly, very sensitive, imaginative.

You still never throw tantrums, but instead pout and get sad which then has to be remedied by one of your favorite things: hugs, a treat, a talk.

You take everything to heart and very seriously. A few months ago we told you that there are certain foods that make you strong and others that make you weak and you have been making sure that you eat enough strong foods and will eat them with pleasure, proud of what you are doing. If you want a treat, you will always ask us to give you some “strong” foods first. Same goes for any other things we tell you or rules we set. It’s honestly an absolute pleasure to parent you.

You go to different classes: art, gymnastics, ballet, cooking, basketball, t-ball, soccer

You love going to the gym with me and exercising on the elliptical and the treadmill.

You strongly dislike being even slightly hot or very cold.

You prefer taking showers and can fully wash yourself

You’re becoming more and more self- sufficient and I can now use you as my fetch-it buddy 😉

You have a strong love for travel and change of environment and at the same time you love being home. You are just incredibly easy going.

So far in your 4 years you have visited: different parts of Florida, Mexico twice, Costa Rica, Tennessee, Minnesota, St Thomas, St Martin, California twice, Las Vegas twice and we are planning trips to Russia, Canada, Hawaii, more Mexico, Colorado and hopefully more exotic places as you get older. And you talk about all the places you’ve been ALL THE TIME.

Your favorite toy this whole year has been without a shadow of a doubt: Lego Friends sets. You play with 8-12 age group sets and are getting really good at assembling them yourself. (not completely capable, but that’s what you like to play with so we help you)

Your favorite books are still Dr Seuss and Cat in the Hat Learning Library, as well as any Mo Willems book.

You don’t watch shows or movies anymore, you sort of lost interest. Instead you use a lot of educational and school curriculum based apps and play strategic games, like Where is my Water? and Plants Vs Zombies.

You understand the most complicated concepts and hear and pick up on EVERYTHING, even when we think you’re not listening.

There are a million other things about you that make you who you are. But it is 2:45 am and  you’ve been waking up every hour asking for me to come to bed. So I’ll do that now…

Interview with Lexi when she was 3.5 ( one at 4 years old coming up)