last sunday, november 17th, my girl turned 5.
she is quite lucky. it was an extra special birthday as we spent a few days down in disney world.
the trip was initially scheduled for thanksgiving week but between parent-teacher conferences here at home and the mass crowds that would be on the resort we opted to go a week earlier. emilia's birthday just happened to fall while we were there. regardless, lucky girl.
emilia has had mixed emotions over turning 5. mostly she has been excited but we had a few unsure moments. emilia likes being the baby of our family, she likes being called the baby and, in her mind, being a little girl. she thought turning 5 meant she was only a big girl and we would only think of her as a big girl. she likes her life the way it is and i think growing up, to her, means everything is going to change. not yet sister, not yet.
even now, a week later, i sit here stumped how quickly 5 years have passed. she was literally just born. so was ben for that matter. i have two kids, they're 5 & 7. they're not toddlers or infants. they're kids.
emilia is as beautiful, sassy, imaginative, fiesty, smart and amazing since the day she was born. she is the best sister ben could ever have. she loves him with all her might & they are a joy to see together. while she is social she still prefers to have a small circle. she loves to dance, sing and play. she cannot wait for the summer when she is finally eligible to be apart of our local park district's theater program. she is my girl - there is no denying she is mine. where i go, she goes. i'm her go-to on most anything. as i type this, she is curled up next to me sleeping soundly. she still has her dad wrapped around her finger. she smiles and dan says ok. she's imaginative and playful. girlfriend is also tough. she doesn't take b.s. from many and till this day, i know she will have ben's back always and forever.
she's emilia. she's our bear. our gracie boo-boo. our boo-boo bear.
dan, ben and i are so lucky to have her in our lives. she makes us all better people, patient people.
emilia - thank you for being you. you complete our family in the most perfect way possible. i hope that you had the happiest of birthday's. we wish you nothing but the best always and forever. love you my bear!