Monday, February 13, 2017


I cannot believe my sweet little Charley Kate is FIVE. I mean, where did the time go!?

I mean, it seems like just yesterday I was giving birth to her. Then she grew into a sweet, bouncing baby. And the next stage was Hurricane Charley- she was into EVERYthing. But that feisty toddler turned into a fun, adorable little girl. And now she's five.

This child is one of the most thoughtful, servant-hearted children I've ever seen. She lives to put others first and make them happy. She wants to give, give, give all the time. She asks to help clean the cat box so Anthony and I don't have to worry about it. She brings Jay a blanket when he is too lazy won't get up and do it for himself. She lets Molly takes her toys even when she is in the middle of playing with them. And she will do anything for Kelsey- keep her happy, play with her, carry her anywhere... this girl's heart is bigger than most. One of her favorite activities is giving gifts to people- wrapping presents for her friends at school, BOOing her buddies, bringing flowers to her teachers... if it makes someone else happy, she is happy!

She is so very athletic. She's always been super coordinated and balanced and did everything early as a baby. She is truly gifted in gymnastics- her little body is just built to be a gymnast... muscular and tiny. She can throw and hit the softball, dribble and shoot the basketball, and score goals in soccer with the best of them! She can also run faster than most!

She's my little homebody. She doesn't require tons and tons of friends at all times. She loves being with her friends at school and having playdates, but she also loves her downtime at home alone. She loves to play barbies, mom/teacher with her baby dolls, and draw pictures and wrap presents for her friends. She has really sweet girls around her, though, and I'm thankful for the many friendships she has. Each friend is her "best friend" and I love that about her!

She is so far my most snuggly child. She loves to snuggle up and cuddle on people's laps, lay next to them, have her back scratched, and give hugs and kisses.

She is so animated when she talks and tells stories- it's one of my favorite things about her. She uses her hands and arches her eyebrows and has this adorable little smack after every few words. It's the best!

She is a little pleaser- though she's the second kid, she is the first girl and certainly acts like a first child. And she definitely wears her heart on her sleeve. She is by far the most emotional of our kids. But with easy sadness comes easy happiness, and you just know that she feels everything so much more.

This little girl is just one of the sweetest, kindest, most beautiful ones out there. Anthony and I sit and watch in awe of her pure gold heart. We definitely hit the jackpot when we got this one.

Charley Kate, we love you to the moon and back. You are so special to us and to our family. We can't imagine where we would be without you!

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