Friday, December 30, 2011

My BABY is 4!!!

On Tuesday, December 27, we celebrated Sophia's 4th birthday. It's difficult to believe she's already this big! It seems like yesterday that we were in the hospital excited to meet our baby, but nervous because she decided to come eight weeks early.

We had a 'family' birthday party the Friday before Christmas. Toby and I decided to spend all of Sophia's birthday with just our little family and doing things that Sophia wanted to do. The day started with opening presents...



For her birthday, Sophia got a vintage-style Mickey Mouse calendar, Learn-to-Sew lace up cards, a Pippi Longstocking book, a shirt/skirt outfit with matching tights, a Chutes and Ladders game and a pretend doctor play set.


Her 'big' birthday gift was a new princess rolling carry-on bag.


She loves it and it basically goes everywhere with us now, even though we're not really traveling;)

After gifts, we had breakfast, then went to Portrait Innovations for birthday portraits. Here are a few of my favorites...




After the photo shoot, we headed to Chuck E. Cheese for pizza and games. Sophia had never been to Chuck E. Cheese before, so we weren't sure what she'd think about it. She LOVED it! the Chuck E. Cheese in our area is in a new location, and is very bright and clean. The bonus was that is was NOT crowed at all. Daddy and Sophia played lots of games together...


Sophia also rode several of the 'rides'.




I love skee ball, so I played several games of that and won quite a few tickets. In the end, Sophia got a big lollipop and a new (tiny) Ariel doll. She had a blast and the pizza was decent, too.

After Chuck E. Cheese we decided to take it easy for a bit and go see a movie. This is what Sophia chose...


After the movie, we headed home. We ended up going to Granddad and Grandma Jean's house to eat dinner with them, which was the perfect way to end the day. All in all, we couldn't have asked for a better day.

I am so proud of Sophia. Most activities are ten times harder for her than the average child her age. Yet, she does most things without complaining. She falls often, and then gets herself right back up and keeps going. She wants to do things on her own and is very independent. She works hard, especially in therapy, which she has four times a week. She is a bright, loving, adorable kiddo and I am so blessed to be her mom.


While we were at Portrait Innovations, we also had a couple of family shots taken. This is one of my faves...

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