She knows the alphabet, recognizes all letters and letter sounds, and is just beginning to put words together - stop, no, to, etc are her go-to "reading" words right now. She loves books and is in a Berenstain Bears phase right now. She likes to read on her own long after Brian and I finish story time. She is active and runs around all the time. She tries to keep up with the neighborhood kids, but she is not tall enough to ride Jeremy's old bike. She has not yet gotten the hang of her scooter, but she is getting better. We have just started letting her go outside to play with the neighbors by herself - previously she had to have me or Brian sitting outside watching, but now as long as Jeremy is with her, we let her go without a parent stalker.
She loves pretend play in all of its forms, and she seamlessly transforms herself from a Power Ranger to a Transformer to the Hulk while playing with her brother. She is rough, and often we have to break up wrestling matches because Jeremy (not Violet) has gotten hurt. She loves to play ball, croquet, and be loud, loud, loud. She learned some bird calls on Sesame Street and hearing her shout them out all the time is the cutest thing.
But, despite all of those many fascinating things that make up my little girl, she is above all things a Little Princess.
When she does her Power Ranger drop kicks, it is with a tiara on her head. When she wrestles Jeremy to the floor she manages to keep her glass slippers on. When she does her hilarious "Hulk SMASH" impression, it is usually in full princess dress. She runs around like a wild person outside always in a skirt or a dress. She throws a fit if we even attempt to put pants or shorts on her.
I love all those endearing juxtapositions. My girly girl will most likely beat up your son if he dares to cross her.
Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty remain her favorites. Anna and Elsa put up a good fight, and Let It Go is still a go-to song, but it seems no one can unseat the classics. I thought the Cinderella movie would be a fun afternoon diversion one day, but little did I know it would change her life. She quotes full sections of it, and watches clips from it on YouTube. She makes us call her Ella - literally, she sometimes won't answer to her real name. We know it comes out on DVD June 24th and she has made me show her this day on the calendar multiple times.
Violet/Ella is healthy, happy, cute, and energetic. She loves toys, books, and friends. She is always up for an adventure - she lives for going to the park, the library, shopping, my office, whatever. I was driving her home the other day and she got all upset and said she did not want to go home. The kid wants to be out and living life at 11 all the time.
With that level of energy comes the downside to Miss Vi at this age. She is getting MUCH better, but her temper is still in there. She is very bossy, picky, and particular. She stomps at us when she is mad, which would be hilarious if we weren't trying to be serious and parent her properly. She is in timeout multiple times every day. She still struggles with potty training completely (yes, she is 4, this is insane), but her stubbornness knows no bounds apparently.
But here's the thing. That little girl lights up our lives like I could have never imagined. She is headstrong and insane, but she is beautiful and vibrant. She is a shot of hot pink in a world that tries too hard to be beige. She loves her family fiercely, and she tackles every day with a sort of joy and exuberance that I admire and hope she never loses. She is my crazy little monster princess girl and I am so lucky to have her in my life.
|I asked her to smile for a picture, and this is what she did. Stinker.|
|At my office. Chocolate all over her face.|
|JCPenny makeup counter.|
|Reading bedtime stories to Penelope (she pretends her doll is her cousin).|
|Showing off her new jewelry from Candace.|
|Still loves selfies with mom.|