Favorites of Olive at Three
Hide and Seek
Row, Row, Row Your Boat on Mama’s lap
Going on a Bear Hunt
dress up with Lucy
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on television
Yo Gaba Gaba on Mama’s iPhone
dancing with Betty
crayons, paper in art area
playing piano with sisters
puzzles by myself
banana bread french toast
yoga when it’s dark out
picking apples wearing my fuzzy coat
I always smile when someone hands me a lollipop or reads me a story.
I am happy when I am riding on a bicycle.
I like to wear fancy shoes.
I like to tell knock knock jokes.
I really like to play playdoh.
I can’t wait until I lose a tooth like my sisters.
I love playing at the beach with a bucket when it’s warm.
I miss snow.
Something I like to do alone is take a warm bubble-y bath with my toy whales.
My favorite animal is a sea turtle.
If I could I would eat berries all day long.
When I grow up I want to be a famous draw-er and a pie baker.
There are days when I can’t believe she’s ours, like I can’t believe she came to our family and into our lives one Halloween morning just three years ago. I can’t believe she’s who grew within my belly, I can’t believe it was her foot I felt all that time. She’s the sweetest, cuddliest of all our girls. She is hilarious. Sigh. She’s ours.
One recent and early morning I woke when she was standing beside my bed. Good morning, Olive, I said. I’m not Olive, she said. I’m a hard banana that doesn’t peel so don’t even try it. I’m not at all squishy.
So, on this day, her third trip around the sun, it was exactly as she wanted.. I woke at five, wrapped my hair into Princess Leia braids and made apple pancakes from scratch. I packed lunches, laid out Halloween costumes and made coffee, all before 7:00 AM. We opened gifts beneath the eyeball-lighted tree.
She just loves the ducks she asked me to knit her for her birthday. She was so surprised I actually made them. But of course.
Betty’s Star Wars love spread out to the entire family, but at the last minute she decided to be a witch and was delighted to carry a broom. Lucy decided to be Mama Yoda and Olive said she was Baby Yoda. For a short while, Lucy was going to be Mama Yoda fairy Godmother Yoda, but it was just too many wings and wands and accessories.