Dear Penelope



Dear Penelope,
Today you turn 3!  How is that possible??  I know I say it everytime, but it truly feels like it was just yesterday that your daddy and I held you in our arms for the very first time.  This has been such a great year for you – you have truly grown into a little girl right before our very eyes.
You are a super silly little girl.  You went through a phase where you always wanted your bum photographed.  You made us laugh.  You put toothpaste all over your face because you wanted to be a ghost and it wasn’t even close to being Halloween.  You put stickers all over your face because your sister did and you both wanted to be goofy.  You make us laugh each and every day.  We are blessed.
You love camping and being out doors.  If you could, you would spend all of your time out there.  Whether it’s camping, playing in the backyard, at the park or at the zoo – you love it.  You love getting wet and dirty and you don’t care one bit at all.  Your sister freaks out but you just laugh.  You love to have baths and washing your hands but you hate having your face washed.  You went fishing for the first time and really enjoyed it.  You cannot wait until you can play soccer all on your own.
You went to the stampede this year, like we do every year, but this year, you went on rides for the very first time.  You were in heaven.  You loved it.  You loved wearing your stampede clothes – especially your cowboy hat.  You were also quite happy with all of the stampede breakfasts we went too because nobody loves pancakes more then you and your sister!!
At the Mackenzie Towne Stampede breakfast you got to meet Mayor Nenshi.  He asked you how old you guys were and what your names were.  I was far more excited that you got to do this then you guys were.  One day when you are older I will explain to  you why Mayor Nenshi is as special as he is.  Perhaps by then he will be prime minister of this great country.
You love to be artistic and unfortunately your talents don’t just stay on paper or in the form of playdoh.  You tend to colour on walls, doors, floors, windows, dressers and bookcases.  I hope that you use these artistic talents to your benefit when you are older – artist, hair dresser or maybe even fashion designer.  You are pretty lucky that you are so darn cute!
You love to play dressup with your favorite being Minnie Mouse.  Lucinda the Little Witch from Sofia The First is a close second.
You got your first set of glue right after your second birthday 
And your second set of glue shortly before your third.  You were a tough cookie both times and doctors were impressed with you.  
You love playing games and puzzles.  You have moved on from the wooden puzzles where you just place the object back into the board and are now playing the large melissa and doug puzzles as well as the smaller ones with help from daddy and finley.  Your favorite game is Minnie Mouse Frustration and The Honey Tree Bee game.  
You rode on your first airplane right after Christmas when we went to visit Grandpa Don in Hawaii.  You were a rockstar on the flight down there but less so on the way back.  Or perhaps  you were more rock star-ish on the way back ;)  You loved being in Hawaii and your cute little curls made quite the appearance while there.
You quit sucking your thumb right around 2.5y old.  Thank you very much to the Thumbuster for helping us.  You managed to kick the habit in just over a week.  We are so very proud that you were able to do this.
Another major accomplishment of yours this year is that you are potty trained!!  No more diapers or pull ups.  Shockingly enough, you were night trained before you were day trained and mastered both in only a few days!!
You went for our first horse ride at your buddy’s 4th birthday party.  You had so much fun especially since you love horsies!
You got your first pair of glasses.  Your eyesight is not good, in fact that is an understatement, it is terrible.  You have high astigmatisms in both eyes and have trouble seeing far away.  It was a big adjustment to getting glasses but you seemed to have come to terms with it.  You are super cute with your new glasses on!
You love hockey and the Calgary Flames.  You love going to the Saddledome and eating nachos and ice cream and seeing Harvey the Hound.  You love watching hockey at home with daddy.  You love the roughriders and also enjoy watching football with daddy.
You love playing with your princess dolls and toys.  Your favorites are Sofia The First, Belle, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White.  You want to love Rapunzel but Finley will have none of that. You can play with your little people princess castle for hours!!
You and Finley get along for the most part.  Like most sisters you guys are both the best of friends and worst of enemies.  
You won’t nap in your bed but we do sometimes find you fast asleep in weird places. Nothing like your sister ever did but still pretty cute!
Thank you Penelope for being such a joy even when you are full of stubborness.  We love each and every little tiny aspect of your spunky personality.  
Happy 3rd Birthday Sweet Pea!
Lots of love,
Mommy, Daddy and Finley

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