She's always the one who gets pushed to the side if someone gets pushed to the side, because she's the oldest and she can do it herself. She can go to the bathroom alone, she can get dressed, she can draw, she can paint, she can read (memorize) books, she can work the iPad, she can do it all. And I actively have to remind myself she's only four years old. She's still a teeny tiny kid!
So, now we have a routine at night where after we put the other three to bed, Addie gets to play a game with me and/or her dad. All by herself.
And it is so joyus!
I didn't realize I needed it as much as she does. I miss her during the day. I don't miss Luke or Henry because they are all up in my biz all the time. And Tula. She's even more up in my biz, if that's possible. They demand attention. But Adeline will sit patiently and wait, for hours.
She is an amazing kid.
Right now she has two options: two rounds of Candyland, or something she calls, "Sofia". Candyland is self-explanatory and so fun.
Sofia, is a game she only plays with her dad. I didn't really understand what it was until I stumbled in on it last night. Basically she plays with her Sofia the First doll and Josh listens to her, and occasionally hands her things. All I saw was her going, "Ok, Dad. Now I want the green necklace." He hands it to her. A few minutes go by and she says, "Dad, now I need the pink one. No, that pink one."
It is hysterical! And also, he is so soft and patient with her I want to cry.
When we got in bed that night I said:
"So, 'playing Sofia' means you hand her the pieces of jewelry she asks for?"
"Yes. And then I watch her march Sofia around and position her on different pieces of furniture."
*near hysterical giggling* "Why don't you get a doll to play with?"
*dead serious* "That's not my roll."
I mean, that's a good dad right there.
Also, the other day we went to the mall and the Easter bunny was there and the kids BEGGED to see him. So I let them.
Addie would not get off his lap.
Tula would not get within 100 feet of him. That's why he's no where near her in this picture.
Luke, however, was overjoyed! Henry doesn't know why we won't let him down so he can tear all those gigantic fake flowers down.
Which he did five seconds after this picture.