Vianne Rose: Three Point Five

Posted by Amy O. , Saturday, October 17, 2015 1:51 PM

It's already been six months since Vianne's Minnie Mouse birthday (which it will be referred to for all of time, I think).  Time flies when you're riding the wild roller coaster that is life and/or parenting!  And as much as we butt heads sometimes, this girl brings more beauty to my life than anything, with her sweet, stubborn ways and her random "I love you, Mom"s and her innocent delights at the smallest of gifts or surprises and her fascination with everything and everyone around her.  

One wouldn't know she was only 3.5 based on her above average height (everyone we meet at the park is surprised to hear she's only 3) and her advanced vocabulary.  Her favorite word of late is "actually", which she works into nearly every sentence, sometimes twice, and mostly correctly.

She also asks when we're talking about anything naughty or silly or crazy she's doing, "What will the police say?" as if they are going to show up at our door or pull us over for the slightest bit of tomfoolery.

She has an amazing grasp of the English language, but still has her own cute pronunciations of certain words.  For some reason, "b" words are tripping her up lately, believe = ablieve, balloon = abloon, and below = ablow.  A hospital is a hopsabull, a carousel is still a carouswell, a remote is a 'mote.  If she wants you to pause a show or movie, she asks you "cord" it.

When scrolling on the computer or TV or flipping through pages of a book and she wants to go back or up or down, she has this adorable phrase: "Go a little backer" or "upper" or "downer".

She loves both princesses and super heroes.  With the absence of cable (since moving) and her favorites from Disney Jr., she's gotten into Super Hero Squad and My Little Pony and Care Bears on Netflix/Amazon Fire, so a lot of the time when she's playing, it's about Super Heroes, although they're often having weddings ;-).

Some days she loves our new house & Sacramento, and some days she still longs for our house in "Cannifornia" as she calls it (which means San Dimas/Southern California).  And though she's a little confused on cities & states, she knows that Oregon is "on top of" California, Washington is on top of Oregon, Canada is on top of Washington, and the ocean is on the side! 

One of her favorite things to do at the new house is to go shopping in the pantry cupboard.  She fills up her shopping cart with cans and boxes and bags and brings it to me.  I slide each item over my laptop keyboard and make a beeping sound then hand it back to her.  Then I give her the total and she pays in either cash or by credit card.  We do this multiple times daily.

She loves to dance whenever there is music and I really need to find this girl a class to attend.  She is so brave and determined when it comes to physical challenges, like improving on playground feats, scooting, riding her bike, etc.  We look forward to getting her into soccer in a few months!

She often tells us stories about "when I was younger" and sometimes they're true, but often they're entirely made up, like about what she did at school.  Sometimes she also tells us stories about "when I was older" and that's when it truly gets silly.

It continues to be fascinating to watch her interact with the world and be exposed to new concepts, trying to grapple with things like God and angels and death and sickness and missing people back in San Dimas.  She approaches any and all other kids at the park by saying, "My name's Vianne!" and rarely gets the response she's looking for, but almost always ends up playing with them anyway.  

She loves all her family with a great passion and devotion and is enjoying Oliver's ever-growing ability to play with her.  They are often caught making each other giggle deliriously, driving the riding toys in circles around the kitchen island or dancing around the family room.  Though they certainly have their fights, they are very fond of each other's company.

Her innocent little world is such a lovely place, it's a privilege to live alongside her and remember what that's like.

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