Happy birthday to my not-so-little beloved Elleonai who turns 5 today. Last year, she learned how to skate, ride a bike with training wheels, swim under water without Floaties, indoor rock climb, read, write her full name, hula hoop, whistle, love the Beatles + Abba, make simple meals, ride really tall rides, was a flower girl for 3 weddings, and met Mickey Mouse + Jollibee. She is opinionated, super social, outgoing, vocal, and extremely brave to new activities. We are quite surprised with her ability to try new things even if she is this small little girl…her courage is immense. She is also very sassy, prone to make a myriad of facial gestures that can even be sarcastic and extra. But she is an amazing little girl, who already knows what it means to be a loyal friend, an understanding sister, a responsible worker, a mini leader, and can melt her way into the hearts of her parents. Not to mention, she has such a mature sense of humor for her age and weird interests…I asked her what she wanted for her birthday, and she said ,”Peppa pig and a model of gray matter.” What a pleasure to raise her. […]
Our little love turns 4 today. Our family is so blessed with her life, her confident and sassy, yet loving personality- protective and caring to those she is close to. Three year old Elle LOVES to sing, watch videos, play in the park, go crazy in any water source, cuddle, go to movies, pretend play, and try to do everything her sisters can do. She has always challenged herself to play the game of catch-up, which is probably why she hits all her milestones much earlier than Emma or Zi. Although she’s not too keen with writing her letters and words, she jumps at any chance to read her books, which is why one of her fav hot spots is “Barnes and Nebbles” ?. She’s also pretty fearless when it comes to new things, like swimming and climbing, but deathly afraid of any bug! If you know her, she’s pretty vocal and even dispenses sarcasm, and has an impressive sense of humor! At 3, she can catch you Pokemon, sing a couple of ABBA and Beatles songs, recite 12 Bible verses, tell you her full name, make you a cup of coffee, sing some measures from Bach, tell […]
While watching the Home Alone movies, Elle listened to the opening theme song and noticed, “it sounds like Harry Potter.” (The first time she watched Harry Potter was 2 weeks ago.) So I looked it up and they’re somewhat similar. Observant kid. She always impresses me with her memory. The other day, I was doing one of those adult coloring things on my iphone app- a picture of the Japanese bridge over lily pads by Monet. She looked at it and said, “Hey, we went there!” I was so intrigued because we’ve never been to that actual bridge, but last fall, we did go to Grounds for Sculptures where they recreated somewhat of a Monet painting with the lily pads. I’m so impressed that she remembered such a fleeting image. My little 3 year old’s senses are impacted, and somehow embedded into her brain…a melody she hears once, or a place she’s visited. This is what I was coloring on the Colofly app that Elle saw. This is Monet’s painting of the water lilies. This is the place we visited last fall, a recreation of that bridge and water lilies in the painting.
This morning: Elle: Mamam, you be Elleonai and I’ll be Mamam. Me: ok. Elle: Elleonai? Where’s my iPhone? Me: Downstairs, charging. Elle: When it’s done, I want to use my iPhone. *thinking of ways I can maximize on being Elle, so I say* Me: Mamam, guess what? At night, I get to sleep in the middle. I get to hug Tatay’s (Dad) cold arm and you don’t. Tatay hugs only me, because he’s my love, not your love. *i see elle thinking, looking at me, then replies* Elle: Elleonai…Tonight…You sleep with your Ates (older sisters). You sleep with your Ates, and I’ll sleep with Tatay, MY LOVE, only me. *well played. so well played*
Me: Elle you always wait to want to go to the bathroom when we’re on the opposite side of the store! *Elle stays quiet because she sees I’m angry* Elle: When I’m a Mamam, and you’re 3, I’m going to get mad at you. Me: Excuse me? Elle: When I’m a Mamam, and you’re 3, I’m going to get mad at you. Me: Why would you say that? That hurts my feelings. Elle: I’m sorry Mamam. I won’t be mad at you. Me: That hurt my feeling that you would be mad at me. *Waits for it…* Elle: Wellllll, you were mad at me… —————————————————— *After she woke up* *Seeing that I was on my iPhone* Elle: Ok. I’ll be Mamam, and you’ll be Elleonai. Me: Ok. Mamam, I love you. Elle: I love you, Elleonai. How was your sleep? Me: I had a good sleep. What do you want to do today, Mamam? Elle: I want my iPhone. (this girl really thinks ahead and manipulates the situation. Well played, Elleonai.)
Me: Elle you always wait to want to go to the bathroom when we’re on the opposite side of the store! *Elle stays quiet because she sees I’m angry* Elle: When I’m a Mamam, and you’re 3, I’m going to get mad at you. Me: Excuse me? Elle: When I’m a Mamam, and you’re 3, I’m going to get mad at you. Me: Why would you say that? That hurts my feelings. Elle: I’m sorry Mamam. I won’t be mad at you. Me: That hurt my feeling that you would be mad at me. *Waits for it…* Elle: Wellllll, you were mad at me…
Happy birthday to our beloved Elleonai, who turns 3 today. She is filled with amazing surprises, esp. With her adamant nature of conquering challenges of independence so she could show us that she could be just like her older sisters. Everywhere we go, strangers come up to me to ask how old she is because she’s usually very very garrulous and loud, so her conversations are not normally what 2 year olds say, mainly also because she is so influenced by the older ones. Some of my favorites is when she says, “it’s kinda like”, “I’ll do it myself” and “seriously” or “don’t judge me, I’m a fox today” and when she starts out a conversation with “actually”. If you sit down and talk with her, chances are you’d laugh over her sense of humor. I’m telling you now that I feel she’s gonna be the funniest of the three. She also has a deep love for music and singing, catching lyrics & learning songs very quickly and even controlling what we listen to during our car rides. She really enjoys singing in public, on stage, in Target, on the toilet… She is definitely a different force from her sisters, […]