Closing Chapter Four

It is exactly one week until CeCe's 5th birthday. As much as I pretend that time is not passing so quickly, birthdays just keep popping up to rub it in my face. My husband and I realized the other day that very little "baby" is left in our first baby.

In preparation of the big "5", I looked back over photos from this year. This is just a bit of CeCe's highlight reel from year 4.

Here is where we left off, at CeCe's Rainbow Dash party for her fourth birthday:

This summer we learned to swim!

We took a trip to the zoo.

We had our last first day of preschool. Next August- the big K!

We joined a soccer team. Go Wombats!

We learned that magic markers make AMAZING eye shadow.

We welcomed a baby brother to the family!

We found out we were pregnant shortly after CeCe's 4th birthday. I think this motivated us to make her last year as an only child a great one. She accomplished so much over the last 12 months, and it's bittersweet to say farewell to this year of her life.

You've come a long way, baby! Here's to a spectacular 5th year!


Big Things Abound

Last weekend was a big one for the kids. Like, a Facebook post you would have to click "more" to read if I had tried to share it all.

So instead I will recap here:

First, CeCe had her last soccer games of the season. It was a double header, for a team of 4- and 5-year olds. You can imagine how closely they were paying attention by halftime of the second game.

It was 50 degrees, so CeCe insisted on wearing her new hat and mittens. At least the giant pink pom-pom made her easy to spot on the field. She had a great kick during the first game and a look on her face that one mom described as "Look! I'm soccer-ing!"

The soccer game was followed by CeCe's first haircut. Yes, her FIRST haircut. She will be 5 years old in three weeks, and this was the first time scissors ever touched those precious locks. But the bed-head snarls, tangles and rat's nests had gotten out of hand. Here is her "Before and After" shot.

Next, Ezra decided he was tired of all this dang tummy time I put him through. So at 9 weeks old, he did this:

After Ezra's feat of strength, it was time to get dressed for trick-or-treat. CeCe chose to be Snow White this year, with her little brother as her dwarf. Pretty much every idea she had consisted of "I can be ______, and Ezra can be my ______". Little brothers make fabulous Halloween accessories.  

The last weekend of October was quite eventful for us. Let's see what good things November has in store!