Lilly turned FIVE this weekend. I cannot believe that she is five. I realize I say this every year and that time still continues to go by and yet, here we are. I feel like it was literally yesterday that I wrote a letter to my overdue baby, and then she was born, and then she turned one, then two, then three, then four, and now she is FIVE.
She has grown up so much in the past year and has become such an incredible young lady. We just adore her. She is so creative and vivacious, but reserved and shy. She has a HUGE personality, but saves it for just a few people. She loves music and dancing and singing and gymnastics. She loves to draw and color and paint. She is fascinated by science and the earth and the world around her. She loves Jesus so much and her love for Him shines in all that she does.
She’s learned a lot this year about life… about death through the death of her baby brothers Elijah and Malachi… she’s learned about friendship… she’s learned about disappointment… trying something and not giving up (she tried soccer last fall and ended up not really liking it… but we made her keep with it through the end of the season and we are so glad she did!).
We decided to not send her to Kindergarten this year not because we don’t think she’s ready, but because we know another year of pre-K will only further prepare her for school. We know that extra year of preparation and chance to emotionally mature will have such an impact on her long term. We are excited for the year ahead!
We are so grateful for this little girl and we love her so so so so so much.
I’ve got her annual birthday interview (this is the 3rd year we’ve done this!) and enjoy her answers (some are the same as last year and some have changed!!)
GET TO KNOW LILLY: 50 BIRTHDAY QUESTIONS FOR MY FIVE-YEAR-OLD
What is your favorite color? Pink and purple
What is your favorite song? “Shake Shake and Why Don’t You Meet Me in the Middle” (note: Those are 2 separate songs)
What is your favorite food? My favorite food is ice cream
Where is your favorite place to go to eat? Sweet Frog and Potlate (aka: Chipotle)
What is your favorite drink? Apple Juice, Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice, Lemonade
What are you really good at? I’m really good at riding my bike and swinging on the swings
Who are your best friends? All my friends
What would you buy if you had $1,000? I would buy a new Moana necklace
What is your favorite memory? Being cute when I was a little baby
If you could have a wish, what would you wish for? A real magic wand and a fairy dress (said WITHOUT hesitation)
Who is your biggest hero? Mommy and daddy… my whole family
What do you like to do with your best friends? Play games
What do you want to be when you grow up? I wanna be the greatest gymnast in the whole wide world
What is your favorite show? Mostly Octonauts and Fancy Nancy
What is your favorite movie? The Greatest Showman
What is your favorite book? Little Owl’s Day and Little Owl’s Night
What is your favorite animal? Mostly again owls
Where do you wish you could go on vacation? The Disney Cruise
What is your favorite piece of clothing? Purple dress
What do you hope you will get to do before your next birthday? Maybe go on another Disney Cruise
How much money do you think mommy and daddy have? $5900
Where did daddy go to college? Greensboro… he lived in Greensboro (note: he lived there when he was like 3… he went to UNC)
Where did mommy go to college? Chapel Hill college (I did not)
Where are you going to go to college? I want to go back to Greensboro where I lived when I growed up. (We’ve never lived in Greensboro)
What one word would you use to describe your brother Amos? Cute and adorable
What do you like most about daddy’s office? That it has bigger rooms
What is the farthest that you could run? Maybe 50 miles
What’s your favorite thing to do with Amos? Play with him and wrestle
What’s your favorite Bible story? David and Goliath
What’s the happiest you’ve ever been? When my birthday is coming up and when I’m going to the Disney Cruise
What’s the best picture you’ve ever drawn? A picture of me and daddy on a picnic
What’s the best wedding you’ve ever been to? Zack’s because there was a line of boys (???????)
What’s the grossest thing you’ve ever done? I haven’t done anything growth
What’s something that always makes you laugh? Being funny. And Emma – she’s the funniest, laughterest machine ever.
What do you want to do when you become an adult? Live on the Disney Cruise
What is daddy’s job? To work so we can buy money… working is money. So you can buy money so you can buy food. So buy a job, buy money, and get food.
What is mommy’s job? To work, too.
What’s the worst smell you’ve ever smelled? Papa when he pooped in the bathroom
What is something that makes mommy happy? When I’m cute
What is something that makes daddy happy? When I’m cute
What is something that mommy has taught you? That Jesus is our savior
What is something that daddy has taught you? I don’t know… that he works. I guess he taught me to be kind.
Where would you like to travel to? California
What’s your favorite thing about being a big sister? That I have a little brother… that’s the only thing I can say… and also because I’m five.
Can you do a split? No… I can only go this far (proceeds to demonstrate)
What do you want to be for halloween? I wanna be Elsa
What language other than English would you like to be fluent in? Emma’s voice
Who is the tallest person you know? Emma
Who is the prettiest person you know? Mommy and Emma
What is your favorite thing mommy and daddy do for you? Get me new things when I grow out of them
Also, if you want to see the little birthday video I made for her, you can watch it here: