Portrait of a Princess

Kaia may be able to take a dozen fire ant bites, a mean bike crash, a muddy hole, and a gymnastics class, but she is still our princess.  

She turned four a few weeks ago, so I wanted to make a snapshot post about our princess.

** Kaia is creative.  She loves to create projects, games, and art.  She makes fancy cards by gluing, taping, coloring, writing, cutting cardstock, and then adding stickers and other embellishments that she finds.  She finds new solutions to problems all the time. 

** Kaia is a fabulous cook.  She can read picture instructions that you see on the backs of brownie mixes and loves to pull out the ingredients.  Today she cracked eggs for the first time!

** Kaia loves to experiment.  She mixes foods on her plate all the time.  This morning she wondered what applesauce would taste like with her dry cereal, so she tried it.  She had a wonderful time mixing the egg dyes at Easter time, and she loves to mix paints.

** Kaia is an amazing big sister.  She loves her baby brother and knows just how to help him feel better and play safer.  

** When Kaia gets stressed out, a cup of water always helps her calm down.  

** Kaia loves chocolate.  Chocolate cake, chocolate ice-cream, chocolate candy, chocolate cookies, chocolate chips, chocolate shakes, chocolate anything.  This girl will tell you it's her favorite.  

** Kaia is a great friend.  She looks forward to seeing her friends each day and even misses them on weekends!  She shares her toys and worries when they're sad.  She is just full of love.

** Kaia is a whiz on the computer.  She loves the PBS Kids and Nick Jr. websites and can navigate them easily.  She also likes the Paint program, sending emails (with help) and sending E-cards (with a little help!).  She tells me that the computer games help her get ready for school time!  She gets to play the computer in the evenings during Harry's bath (about five minutes) and when I tuck him in (if she took a nap that day!) and on Saturdays during Harry's naps and on Sunday mornings. 

** Kaia loves flowers.  She loves smelling them and sharing them.  She likes to grow other plants too.

** Kaia is happy to have Oatmeal Surprise for breakfast six days a week.  Sometimes when  I make her have something else, she has to fight to keep the tears back.

** Kaia is a Drama Queen.  Besides acting out favorites like Cinderella and The Wizard of Oz, she can be very dramatic when events do not go as planned or when she is not happy with changes.  

** Kaia is very smart.  She knows her alphabet, most of the letters' sounds, numbers up to 30 or 40 (I lose track of how high she can count!), she can add and subtract, she predicts patterns with three elements, she knows more than ten different colors, dozens of animals, the days of the week, and she has a fabulous vocabulary.

** Kaia loves music.  She likes to put on "Rock and Roll" performances, sing sweet songs, and make up all kinds of music.  She loves the piano, maracas, drums, and microphones.  I think we need to get a guitar.  
** Kaia is a great dancer!

** Kaia needs her room very dark to sleep.  She likes the door closed too.

** Kaia loves going outside.  She digs in the dirt, builds with mud, rides her bikes, waters plants, plays at parks, and runs.  One of her favorite places to visit is "the forest."

** Kaia likes to dress up and look pretty. 

** She likes to recycle.


** She builds large, elaborate, and fancy houses and castles out of blocks.  

** Walking around cars or trucks on a street makes her nervous.

** She can identify an ant hill from ten feet away.  

I could go on for a very long time about how wonderful Kaia is.  She is absolutely delightful and brings so much joy to our lives.  We just love her!  We are definitely blessed to have her in our family.


laughwithusblog May 1, 2011 at 2:53 PM  

What a cutie! It is so neat that you've taken the time to write this down. We always think we'll remember and even a year later it is hard to recall what they were like!

Jansen Family May 1, 2011 at 7:08 PM  

It's amazing how fast we forget little details! I wish I were better at keeping memories like these!


The Shepherd family May 1, 2011 at 10:32 PM  

Wow what smart girl! Just like her momma! Marian and her would get along great! All that pretending in forests and such, and acting, singing and such. It's times like this when I wish we lived closer and our kids could play together. Let us know when you guys come up here (if you ever do) and we will have to get together! She really is smart I still have trouble with Reed counting past 30. Never tried it with Marian. Glad she likes her Oatmeal! :o) Marian almost always eats the same thing for breakfast every morning too! :o)

Alicia@ Mommy Delicious May 3, 2011 at 12:00 AM  

Kaia is amazing! and super super cute! I think it's so wonderful that you take the time out to know her so well. Good parenting indeed. Happy belated birthday to your little Princess.

Jansen Family May 4, 2011 at 10:43 AM  

Thanks Alicia! It's a lot of fun to get to know these little guys!


Skye May 4, 2011 at 4:50 PM  

Wow Kaia is a special girl!
I especially love this - "When Kaia gets stressed out, a cup of water always helps her calm down."- that is just too cute! So simple and innocent! :)

Jansen Family May 4, 2011 at 7:04 PM  

Isn't that cute?! I don't know how she came up with it. When she starts to get carried away because something isn't going the way she likes, I often say something like, "Kaia, do you need to go cry on the couch?" and between cries she says, "I just...I just need a drink of water!" The drink does it every time!