Sweet Millie turned four this summer! She has truly graduated from toddler to little girl. She remains the most affectionate and validating little person I've ever met; it is as though her default language is compliments, snuggles and "I love you"s. Her trademark blonde bob is befitting her cheerful personality.
Favorite books: Princess Baby, Kiki's Blankie, Millie's Marvelous Hat, Rainbow Fish and anything by Mo Willems (but particularly That is NOT a Good Idea!). Far and away, her favorite movie is "Babes in Toyland" with Annette Funicello. It is so sweet. Purple is her clear choice for anything with color -- clothing, crayons, game pieces, candy.
She still sucks her thumb to sleep at night and snuggles with her blankies, though we've made a rule they must stay in her bedroom now. We don't mind a few soothing tools but we don't need a Linus, after all. Soon, these habits may change, as the doctor reported she needs a tonsillectomy.
She's so tall and leggy, she once reported her preschool teacher told her she should be a "baskee-ball girl" when she grows up, but with her femininity and sparkle, I think she's more likely to put those legs to use in ballet. Still, who knows? Millie is a child whose interests and strengths are still to be discovered. I can't wait to watch her grow!
This year, we opted for a short-and-sweet neighborhood playdate with the girls instead of a blowout birthday bash. I committed to spend very little money and the fewest man-hours possible, and just make it about Millie. From a stash of dress-up wings I picked up at the dollar store a while back, a fairy theme grew. The day before I stumbled upon a few ridiculously inexpensive little whimsical woodland fairy village type pieces, so I added a little decor to the day, with plans to add them to our new garden in the future. It was the simplest and most relaxed celebration to date -- and it was so great!
|Pixie homes were tucked in our front planters, with little wooden ladders for fairy access.|
|Our front door, with banners made of images of flower fairies from a vintage children's book I found online and a wreath featuring the birthday girl.|
|Started off with coloring pages, as usual|
|We had a simple craft activity -- I nabbed some tree branches from our other property for woodland fairy wands. Each girl affixed a tulle ball on top and tied a few ribbons for extra magic.|
|Then, the ladies used their wands for a fairy hunt Sophie coordinated all on her own.|
|Our supply/display table with more woodland fairy villages -- including a darling windmill and a garden bench!|
|She seems happy with her digs.|
|Multitasking fairy wings -- I hung them as a decorative overhead banner, then passed them out as favors.|
|Make a wish!|