A month ago my sister Kelly took Vivi to the "Enchanted Tea Party" that goes on during the weekend the circus is in town (I also took the kids to the circus, too, with Niki, Bella and Bo, where we spent about a million dollars). I would have liked to have gone with them but I wasn't sure at the time we had to get tickets if anyone would be able to watch Max, so it was a special outing for Viv and Auntie Kiki.
She was so excited to dress up, and I found some sparkly purple eyeshadow and put that and a tiny bit of blush on her - she was in heaven. She found her "V" necklace from her godmother Michelle and put that on too, plus her fancy boots like Mommy's. And we tried to put her hair up, but Vivi's hair is not the easiest to do... so she went with the messy look. :)
Holding her teacup and card... apple juice for her "tea".... so fancy.
And, I've been meaning to write down a few things about my Peanut since she turned three and a half.
She is sweet and loving and cuddly. She actually seems to enjoy long hugs, unlike her brother. She'll say "Mom, I love you" out of the blue. A couple weeks ago she looked at me and said 'Mom, I really like your work dress." One day I was on call and ended up having to work a little bit while I was home alone with the kids, which always sucks. She just sat next to me while I was on the phone and held my hand and smiled at me.
She's funny. I don't that often find her funny in the same way Max was when he was three, when he'd say the most hilarious things without meaning to (and still does sometimes). I think being the second child and having an older brother around to learn from, she is a bit more wise to the ways of the world than he was at this age. She's funny but a bit more in an intentional, attention-seeking way.
Once in awhile she'll be shy, but most of the time she isn't at all. The other day she and I dropped Max off at school and went in to chat with his teacher for a minute, and afterwards Vivi was so upset that she hadn't gotten to tell Mrs. K that we were going to visit Grandma and Grandpa after school before the bell rang and she had to go. When we went to the dentist, the hygenist asked Max what he'd like to watch when he mumbled "Spongebob", Vivi very cheerily told her, "He SURE DOES love Orangebob!" When we went out for dinner one night the server asked her what she'd like to drink and she told him "Max got punched in the face today at school." She waits around after gymnastics class so she can give her teacher a hug before we leave. When we saw Max's after-school teacher out for dinner one night, she lined right up to give her a hug right after Max did.
She wants to be just like Max, right down to watching Power Rangers. She wants to play soccer like he is and play catch with him and Daddy. She also wants to play hockey next winter (but makes sure to tell me that she wants pink gear). Max has a wart on his foot that we've been trying to get rid of, and one day when all four of us were riding along pretty quietly in the van, all of a sudden she said "Hey guys, I'm pretending that I have a wart!"
Despite being sweet she is REALLY bossy. I am constantly reminding her to ask for things NICELY, as opposed to furrowing her little brow and ordering me to do something. Add that to being three and just generally demanding and some days I completely lose my patience with her. We had a conference with her preschool teacher a couple weeks ago and she told us that Vivi is her best helper... that she loves to help the "little kids" open their lunches, get out toys, clean up, etc (she's one of the oldest in the class and definitely ready to move up to Jr. K). I asked if she bosses the other kids around and Ms. Tara said no, not at all. I think she maybe has the teaching gene that runs in our families. :) Maybe it comes out at home as bossy because she is the littlest right now... I'm wondering if she's going to like having a little sibling to "teach".
She is still more of a picky eater than Max has been. The other night she asked Tom to make her a cheese sandwich without the bread. :) Cheese is an entire food group in her world. I did find the first green food she will eat though - guacamole! She gobbles it right up. Maybe someday we will add a vegetable to the list.
She says her favorite thing to do with Daddy is play baseball and her favorite thing to do with me is paint nails. She likes macaroni and cheese, her stuffed animals, the Ladybug Girl books, and pink and purple.
And, she is a big fan of Taylor Swift, or at least this song. She'll probably kill me for this when she's older. ;)