You woke to a room filled with as many pink and pink balloons as I could blow up and sneak in your room before you woke. You were pretty excited to have your birthday, this was the first year you counted down the days until your fifth birthday.
On your birthday Mom made you muffins for breakfast, since you're the "Muffinator" (an expansion of the nickname "Muffin" Daddy gave you). You brought heart cookies to school to share with your friends, your teacher traced around you on a long long sheet of paper. You wore a new outfit that you received from Mom & Dad for Christmas with your pretty purple dolphin earrings.
After I picked you up from school we came home for lunch followed by an afternoon of play with your sister and I. When Henry got off the bus you all played together, celebrating your birthday. He made a little party for you in his room. It's also amazing what some balloons can do.
Daddy came home early which was a nice surprise and then we went for dinner at the Pizza Ranch. (It's close and all of you kids like it.)
Aunties, cousins and Grandparents called or left messages of birthday song for you. Your face lit up with joy each time the phone rang, which in turn melted my heart. You spoke very clearly on the phone and had nice conversations, you are five now and it's showing.
You opened your presents when we got home, which was again a joy for us but even more joyful for Henry and Sophie. They gave you this little dog that opens his eyes and makes little puppy coo sounds. It was your favorite gift and you now like to take it everywhere you go. You even brought it to school on Friday for share time.
On Sunday we had your birthday party with aunts, uncles, cousins and Papa. Usually Auntie and the girls come on Friday but we were expecting some bad weather late Saturday into Sunday and we advised them it was best not to come. In the end it was probably the right decision because they would have arrived late Friday night after you went to bed and would have had to leave less than twenty-four hours later. We sure did miss them though. Grandpa J & Grandma S weren't able to come due to the snow storm on Sunday as well. Gram & Gramp are in Florida for the month of February and celebrated with you before they drove three days South. But all our local family were here and our good friends the M's made it too. They love being your Godparents and are always happy to come see you. Your Godmother loves buying you clothes since she has two boys. She buys you cute things and you love wearing them. As a matter of fact you even love drawing yourself wearing the cute clothes she buys you!
Yesterday morning you were happy to report that you didn't suck your thumb at all the previous night, we wonder a little bit about that. In any case, you are making an effort. If I do see you sucking your thumb while holding your puppy during the day, the code word you told me to use is, "stop sesame seeds, please", then you stop and smile.
While you speak very very clearly and have every since you learned how to talk there are a few words that you might still mix up. I have a hard time correcting you because I think they are really cute and one day you just won't say words like "muzit" for "music" anymore, then you'll be even older. So for now, I just smile and count it as a blessing that you still have some little left. Next Christmas you probably won't say, "one horse soap and say" for "one horse open sleigh" in Jingle Bells so I don't correct it. For now, I just want to hear the last bits toddler mix up I can.
Speaking of music, Karley you love to sing and you are so good at knowing the words, I can't believe all the songs you know. You also love dance class with Miss N and that carries over to dance shows at home for us.
You are very kind to your brother and sister and your teacher Ms. J tells me you are very kind to the other kids in your class. You love Pre-school and do very well. Ms. J tells me that you are ready for Kindergarten next year and you are excited to about this. I will be sad for you to be away from home all day though, I'll miss you terribly and so will Sophie.
Karley Jane Doe, (Dad has started calling you that years ago and now when we ask you what your whole name is, you think it's "Karley Jane Doe Fisher". Dad and I just smile.) we love you so much, you are such a special girl who is loved dearly by every member of our family. You have an amazing personality and bring such joy to our home. The last five years have flown by, but we won't ever forget all the beautiful you bring to us each and every day.
You are a gift from God that we treasure immensely.
Happy 5th Birthday Sweet Kardey Janey Doey!
With all our love,
Mom & Dad