A lot has certainly happened within the past three months! Natalie has started pre-school, turned 3 years old AND had a baby brother join the family!
Natalie is loving pre-school! She has made friends with everyone in her class and has become best friends with a girl named Sarah who seem to pal around with all the time. In fact, Sara came to Natalie’s birthday party and she went to Sarah’s birthday party just a couple of weeks after knowing each other and they already seem like long-time pals. We have also been to two other birthday parties with kids in her class. She is quite the popular gal as the parents tell me that their kids talk about Natalie all the time. I just hope it’s all good! She is learning so much in her pre-school. From shapes and colors to cutting with scissors and even reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, it’s nice that she can learn these things in a fun setting. If she was with me solely, we would be doing a lot of the things as well, but as an adult, I think you forget that you have to learn a lot of the basics and it’s good she can do it with others. She really likes her teachers and has recently picked up one of her teacher’s words in a British accent – can’t. It’s quite amusing hearing that word through the Queen’s English. Natalie also had her first set of school pictures taken. I told myself that I wasn’t going to buy any, but lo and behold, she was so gosh darn cute, I did buy the collage picture. How can you say “no” to this adorable little gal! They also like to have parties! They’ve had a Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas party!
Natalie turned three in September and we had a Dora-themed party to celebrate. On Thursday prior, I brought little pastries to her Preschool class to celebrate and on Saturday we had over 40 people attend her party at the house. I think from now on we’re going to start making the venues a little smaller, however. The party turned out really great! I made 15 knitted backpacks for all the kids which were a big hit. We also did an obstacle course/scavenger hunt which included a map, glow sticks and an egg race. I also made a piñata that turned out good, but next time, I think I’ll do it a week in advance to allow for longer drying time as it fell apart at the rope when the first strong kid hit it. Aunt Snookie made her delicious cake ball cake for Natalie’s birthday and everyone loved that as well. Another great way that we are able to celebrate her birthday is by attending the Plano Balloon Festival since it occurs around the same time. This year it occurred on her birthday and she loved it! We watched the balloon glow, played musical instruments and also jumped in a few bounce houses.
At the end of September, we went to the square in downtown McKinney to attend Oktoberfest. Natalie was just the perfect size to wear the dirndl that I wore as a little girl which Donna brought home from Austria oh so long ago. She looked so cute in it too and received lots of comments while we were there. A few patrons even wanted to take their picture with her. I guess she’ll have to get used to this kind of stardom.
Natalie was immersed in Tinkerbell this year for Halloween. She wore her costume 4 different times – once at a friend’s Halloween party, once at pre-school, once at Scare on the Square and finally on Halloween night. By the end, she was tired of Tinkerbell and didn’t want to wear it anymore. I can’t say I blame her.
In November, she was a busy gal. We went to the book store to meet Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat. I thought she might be a little scared of him because he was so big, but she went right up to him and held his hand.
She also has had two recitals at pre-school. The director was celebrating 25 years working with the church and all the kids sang. The other time was for Christmas and she used a shaker to sing their song. I was so proud of my little gal and there was no sign of stage fright in her eyes. I guess theatre blood runs deep in the family. :)
Natalie also began to work on her carpentry skills by helping daddy build shelves for the office. She hammered some wood and also did a little painting.
Natalie isn’t afraid of Santa anymore! She was so excited to see him and promptly told him what she wanted: A Barbie, a horse and musical instruments. Any time we saw him, whether in person or on TV, she would point him out and shout. I think she realizes that he’s not so scary after all – especially since he brings presents!
Natalie and I received impromptu tickets to the Nutcracker and she really loved it. She only sat in her chair for about 5 minutes, but she watched the dancers and tried to imitate them. She is constantly dancing around the house and I think that means we’ll have to enroll her in dance lessons pretty soon. We can’t keep that girl from twirling.
On December 10th, Natalie welcomed her new baby brother into the world. She is completely smitten with Tyler and loves to give him hugs and kisses all the time. She also loves to read to him and is very attentive when he cries. She has found that when she sings Hickory Dickory Dock, he calms down and she’s very pleased that she has that talent of soothing him. I hope her fondness for Tyler will continue as they both get older, but I’m sure as soon as he’s old enough to take one of her toys, the dynamic in the household may change. Attitude-wise, she’s not jealous of him or hurtful, however, she has lost some of her focus in her normal behaviors and we are constantly having to tell her to do things more than once when we used to not have to. She’s also saying “no” a lot more and being more whiny and emotional to us than she used to. Because of this, she’s gotten a few more spankings which she’s not fond of. Hopefully she will settle down soon with our new routines.
Christmas was good to Natalie. She received a Barbie and a horse from Santa and musical instruments from Nannee. She also received a dress up trunk of Disney princess gowns which we have worn every day since receiving them. Her favorite has been Cinderella but we have also worn Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. The shoes are a bit noisy as the clunks around on the linoleum, but for the most part, she does pretty good in high heels. Another exciting toy she received is a Leap Frog Computer. She’s still getting used to how a mouse operates and trying to find the specific letters on the keyboard but she is enjoying playing with it very much. A Girl Knows When to Dress for Any Occasion Being Silly Too Cute Snow Days!
I’m looking forward to 2010 and seeing what wonderful things Natalie will be doing and how she will be growing!