Sunday, July 5, 2009

Happy Birthday, Baby Doll!

There's nothing like your baby's birthday to force you back into the blogging world. Thank you for missing me; I've missed you, too.

Since I've been gone, my baby (BABY!) turned four. Four is most definitely
not a baby. It's not even a toddler. But I can handle that.

Excuse me while I go into my closet and curl up in the fetal position for a moment.

Okay. I feel much better. I know I must embrace each new stage of motherhood and not lament the stages that are gone. It's just easier said than done, if you know what I mean.

Last night at the fireworks, I sat in my camp chair with my Kenna coiled in my lap and wondered how many more 4th of July's I would watch with a child on my lap. Thank goodness I have my Kenna Rose to prolong these sweet moments in my life.

For her birthday this year, Mackenna's number one wish umbrella. Don't you love that? So cute. Her original request was for a Dora umbrella but Mommy had a little trouble procuring one of those. Eventually, I made the executive decision to get a Tinkerbell umbrella instead. (How can you go wrong with Ms. Bell? Especially when said fairy umbrella was manufactured in a certain would-be four-year-old's favorite color of purple?) Needless to say, it was a huge hit!

Mackenna also enjoyed two new sundresses (her daily wardrobe choice), some Dora bath toys, new paints and Dora paintbrushes and an Ariel Polly Pocket-ish toy.

When I sat Mackenna next to me on the couch for her birthday interview, this is what
she said:

What was the best part about being three?
Buying the candle
(A shopping trip for birthday supplies yielded at giant "4" candle; it's been a hit, apparently the highlight of her entire year.)

What do you think is going to be the best part of turning four?
Having a starfish cake, painting at preschool

What are your favorite activities?
Playing with my teddy bears, playing with my friends

What kinds of things do you play with your friends?


Which outdoor activities are your favorites?

Trying my umbrella, doing (sidewalk) chalk

Tell me some things about your room:
I like the pink walls and I like the pink flowers on our bed

What was your favorite birthday present:
All of them
(My, she seems easy-going in this interview)

What is your favorite thing to hear Mom say?
"Come here, Kennie Bear"

What is your favorite food?
Every vegetable
(This is breaking news in the Hunter household, to be sure.)

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Super Girl

What is your favorite book?
Every book

But if we were going to Grandma's house to spend the night and you could only take one book, which book would you take?
Dora's Color Adventure

What is your favorite movie?
(By this she means Prince Caspian. Hey, I'm just as baffled as you are, but this child loves that movie. Really, she's a big fan of Lucy.)

What is your favorite thing about your mom?
Reading books to me

What is your favorite thing about your dad?
Playing with him, doing funny stuff with him

Why do you keep getting bigger?
Because I grow a lot

This fall, Mackenna and I will be home alone. I haven't had one child alone with me for nine years! I think that Mackenna's more easy-going side will really shine when all of my attention is for her alone; she seems to have that kind of personality. I am looking forward to all the one-on-one time we will share.


Kel said...

She is adorable. I like the birthday interview idea, I am going to have to try that.

Cami said...

What a cutie. I do love your interviews.

whitney allison said...

Mmm...cake. She's a very funny girl. I'm glad she had such a wonderful birthday. And a giant "4" candle being the highlight of her year is pretty amazing.

Sally said...

Holy Cow, Mendy! Isn't she the same one who celebrated her second birthday on your cross country drive? Or maybe third birthday....
I would be so looking forward to one on one time with my youngest. How lucky for you.

laura said...

Happy Birthday Kenna! Can't wait to see you this weekend.
Her summer blond is out of control--what a babe!

Christie said...

Happy birthday Girl! Wow 4!?! I am going through the same thing as you right now... that baby sure is growing quickly.... I too try to embrace the next phase, but I will miss the babies

Tracy said...

Happy Birthday to my sweet Kenna! I'd better go shopping for her presents. She gave me a long list of what to buy for her! Great pictures!

erin sheely said...

What a cutie. I can't believe she's 4!

Deb said...

it really is hard to believe they are FOUR! and if you need any toddler squeezing to ease your pangs, you know samuel is always here for you.

amberacottrell said...

She is so sweet. Happy Birthday pretty girl. Logan says hi.

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