I then made some breakfast; Kate and Barbie helped with the scrambled eggs.
Because I had already pressed Katie's dress and had laid out my own matching outfit, dressing was quick and fun and we were ready to leave early for our tea in Yorba Linda with our maternal family ladies. I love dressing Kate as a classic, old-fashioned girl, and she seems to love the accessories. We both wore our pearls, and Kate wanted a ribbon in her hair. The day before, as I was giving myself a pedicure, Katie also wanted her toenails painted. I always tell her "no," but I thought it would be fun to have the same toenail color for Mother's Day. So we had matching toesies. She is definitely girlie by her own design. Although I would never force that on her and although I have never considered myself overly girlie, I am having fun sharing some of the more fun aspects of our gender with her.
Katherine at tea.
Reacting to something Nana has said.
Amie and Katie chatting with Aunt Debbie.
At home again, my mom played a bit with Katie while I exercised on the bike and straightened a few things. Then Kate and I played outside in the breeze for awhile and I listened as Katie experimented with new words. Her word list is fairly extensive, and now she is starting to make phrases and even a small sentence here and there ("There's the bear" for example).
I just felt like the luckiest mommy and wife and daughter/granddaughter alive all day. My family makes me totally happy. I love my daughter so much, and I know we are meant to be together for always. As I tell her often as she falls asleep, she is everything I hoped for, and her mommy and daddy planned for and wanted her so much. I love being with her!