FOUR YEAR STATS:
Jolie Grace // 41 inches (77th percentile) and 36 pounds 3 ounces (59th percentile)
Parker Jane // 42.5 inches (94th percentile) and 39 pounds 9 ounces (80th percentile)
Parker and Jolie’s fourth year has been a year of SO MUCH FUN. they have gained a rather hilarious toolbox of words and phrases and the conversations we have just kill me with emotions that basically run the gamut of shock, grace, love, adoration, and hysterics. and they know how to use at the most opportune times to just knock me off my feet with the things they know.
swimming, family, friends, sparklers, and sun kissed cheeks- we celebrated an entire weekend of the 4th of July
cool weather came upon us and the fall festivities began- many days spent at the pumpkin patch
+ the arboretum
these are just a few of the highlights over the last 12 months. our life is so full. with so much fun in between. these sweet girls have made our world spin for the last four years- the good. the bad. the terrible.
we couldn’t imagine it being any other way.
you are f o u r!
my goodness, how much you have grown this last year. looking back at pictures and watching videos, its just amazes me to see how your personality and intellect exploded. not to mention your little face has nearly lost all the baby chub and innocence and you are quickly becoming a little girl right before my very eyes. your vocabulary is full. your understanding is impressive. your organization and thought process through certain things is unique and much different than your twin sister’s
you still wear your heart on your sleeve. little things can absolutely break your heart, but a bit of silliness will bring you right back to your usual happy self. when when you smile- my sweet girl, you smile with your entire face. your eyes squint up and nearly disappear into your baby girl cheeks.. (they are still there if I look hard enough).
I was overwhelmed with love for you from the moment you took your first tiny breath. watching you grow from a little wee nugget into the marvel you are today has been the greatest, most fulfilling, most enlightening journey and the very, very best thing I have every been through.
you have overcome so many milestones that, looking back, are just unreal to remember on.
you remain quite the diva in this house- Baker gives you a run for your money when holding that title, but the moment you open your mouth with something abrupt or matter of fact, as you usually do, its crystal clear who has earned it- you carry it well, my sweet girl.
you are pretty opinionated and mostly independent.
..and then there is bedtime you simply cannot go to sleep without seven sugars and eight hugs.
..and we have to count them out loud or they just do not count.
“mom, you arent counting with me. one..two..threeee..”
you definitely feel the need to speak your mind, and most of the time it has me and your daddy in giggles. while your sisters would rather be outside running like crazy kiddos, you don’t mind to chill out on the couch with a snack (you are all about the snacks!), cuddle with mama, and watch movies all day long. as long as you have Puppy, you are happy as a clam.. you have fallen in love with many little animals and dolls have come and go over this last year, but Puppy still remains number one. and that thumb sucking is still in full force. someday we will have to break the habit. but not today.
you absolutely do everything with an exclamation point! your little life is an exclamation point. keep that up my sweet little love. your enthusiasm in life should be the way everyone should live the life we are given. and for that, I am so proud of you. I thought I was here to teach you, but you are teaching me every day. I am so in love with you, birthday girl.
still my tomboy. still your daddy’s right hand ‘man’. wherever he goes “I’m coming too!!”
never ending and always your dad’s favorite thing to hear.
it’s hard to imagine what life was like before your funny lines, epic tantrums, and ear bursting screams took over our house. year three has been a year of growth and change and experience for all of us. you have gotten stronger, smarter, funnier, and braver- and keep changing dramatically as the days go on. you have become quite creative in your ways- making up stories as you go along and always excited to share them with anyone that will listen. you have such a creative brain, building and creating and designing is what you do best. your coloring and art work just keeps getting better and better- you are SO excited to show me your completed color pages, with the rainbow array neatly tucked within the lines of the image. I am so proud of you.
your imagination runs wild- and you beat to the tune of your own drum. I used to get frustrated with you for “not listening” or acting like you “dont care”, but as we have both gotten to know the growing Parker over this last year, you are just taking it all in before you make a decision to move or act. your teachers at school have said you are the observer. you want to know about everything that is going on around you. this characteristic has developed into you having the most gentle and sweet and kind heart. always wishing everyone to be included. your heart is bursting with love to share.
Jolie is your best friend. your rock. and the person you look to for support in everything. you have a keen love for that twin sister of yours and your bond grows stronger and stronger as the days and weeks and months and years go on.
Baker is your little side kick. she follows you everywhere and looks intently for you when you cannot be found. you always
include her, even when she is destroying your building blocks or demolishing the feast you have prepared in the play kitchen. she’s always there, and you never mind.
you talk about “baby brother” all the time. you talk about how silly he is when he moves around in my belly and it broke me to tears the other day as you were helping me fold tiny baby boy clothes in his unfinished room and you touched my tummy and said “I sure hope he loves me..”
of course he will, little love.
everyone loves you.