Thursday, May 23, 2019

Penelope turned 4. I'm behind.

I'm so behind and it honestly feels like Penelope turned four a lifetime ago but it also feels weird to say she's four. I'm not used to it but she tells me all of the time she can't wait to be five.

Because I had some poor planning, we ended up doing Penelope's birthday in two parts. On her actual day she got to open two presents from us (not big gifts at all) and we had a cupcake.
She opened her present and I quote her directly, "Is that it?". To say she was disappointed is an understatement. 
But the gift was an art thing that I thought for SURE she would love because she's big into crafts and art stuff. As it turns out, it's a dud and not nearly as cool as I thought it was going to be. 
I redeemed myself by buying her unicorn cupcakes from Walmart. (They weren't actually that great, so don't waste your money.) She blew out the candles before we could sing so this is take two.

Her ACTUAL "party" was that weekend and her grandparents and Auntie Kate came. We had pizza and fruit salad (her choice). 
And cupcakes, of course. This time she was more patient with letting us sing the song before she blew out the candles. These cupcakes were much better, but Frozen themed. The party was a Frozen/Unicorn mash up. 
She got some pretty cool gifts that included summer outfits, a puzzle, a LeapReader, and more. She was greatly disappointed that she didn't learn how to read in 3K, like they failed her or something, so my mom thought this would be a cool gift for her.

If you have a toddler who likes to read, consider getting one of these. Olivia and Jackson had one years ago and used it all of the time, it's a little more sophisticated now but Penelope (and Lucy) have enjoyed it. 

Next up was Penelope's big gift from us. She had spent MONTHS telling us she wanted a bike. She's big enough, she's going to be four after all, that's all she wanted. We looked at bikes online. She picked a Frozen bike and told me she HAD to have a helmet. The bike HAD to have a basket, and a bell, and a spot for her babies on the back. She needed all the "safety" so she wanted knee pads and elbow pads and gloves. 

So that's what I got her. We went all the way out and spent a whopping $75 on the whole stuff after waiting for sales and stuff. 
Her face when she saw it being wheeled in? Everything. She was SO surprised. 
Immediately wanted to try it. Matt had put it together a few nights before so the basket and bell were even on there.
It was a little shaky in the dining room but honestly, I thought once outside she'd fly down the street.

At this point Lucy was upset saying SHE wanted a bike. Quick thinking, I told Matt to go out into the shed and get Penelope's tricycle (that she never figured out how to ride) to give to Lucy.
Lucy was thrilled as Grandma Renae was helping her get the hang of it.

So we decided to let Penelope hit the streets. This is where I need to mention that Matt is probably the least patient person I have ever known. He's the worst person to have show you how to do something because if you don't pick it up at his lightening speed, he silently deems you stupid and gives up on you, walks away irritated.

I don't even ask him how to do something, I muddle through it on my own or find it online because his impatience makes me anxious.

Naturally, sending him out to teach Penelope to ride a bike was probably a poor choice, but here we are. 
To his credit, he was out there for maybe 20 minutes. Penelope fell pretty hard once but he made her get back on, and that's when she started scream crying, "This is the WORST!!!". I started laughing because it was actually funny and if you knew Penelope you could see this playing out in your head.

Needless to say, it's been three weeks and she has not gotten back on the bike. I'm going to try when it gets a little warmer because I'm certain she'll be able to do it. 
Meanwhile Auntie Kate was helping Lucy the Unicorn go down the street and this picture will always make me laugh. She was determined to go on that tricycle and she had a good time. And don't freak out, I have a Sesame Street helmet for her, so I'm not some derelict mother.

Oh! But I have to share this one, too. Lucy's FAVORITE movie is Toy Story. She loves all of them and we're totally bringing all of the kids to see Toy Story 4 in the theaters. Anyways, she has a Woody and a Buzz Lightyear that she got for Christmas, so it's only right she get a Slinky Dog. 
She loves her Slinky Dog and walks him around the house while saying, "Come on puppy", and it's the cutest damn thing you've ever seen. Honestly. This girl makes me want to squeeze her guts every day.

Overall? Penelope is four and she's loving it. She had a good party and kept saying thank you for having a party for her. That girl may bring me to the brink of insanity, but she really is a sweetheart when she wants to be. It's really fun to watch her grow up and know she was the baby I was never expecting and she isn't anything like the others. In the best way possible.

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