I still can't believe what a gorgeous big girl she is, I am so proud of her. She is such a special girl and I cannot believe how blessed I am to have her, I am so grateful to be her mother. She just seems to get sweeter ad sweeter every day. Kaydence although always super sweet and sensitive was also born with a strong will, an independent nature, and tends to be high spirited. She is getting older and seems to have grown out of that stage, or rather she has learned to control herself better. She has such a huge heart and is always expressing her love and gratitude for each of us on a daily (if not hourly) basis. I think her sensitivity and sincerity are two of the qualities that she has that just makes my heart melt. I thought I would give a few examples of her sweet and fun personality.
Every night before bed Kaydence has to tell me how much she loves me (and daddy) and it is rather long winded at times so we have had to cut her short in the past. She will always start with saying she loves me SOOOOOO much, then following, "I love you more than infinity after!!! I love you more than stars in the night sky, I love you more than snowflakes in winter, more than ice cream, chocolate, popcorn, .... my dresses, my toys, the curtains, the pillow, etc. etc." Now she usually just says the first three things but she is so loving and makes sure that we know how much she loves us.
She is also so affectionate. She is ALWAYS giving me hugs and kisses and telling me how much she loves me throughout the whole day, not a bad way to spend every day.
I think one of her favorite parts of the day is when I put Marley down for her afternoon nap and Kaydence and I cuddle while watching one of her shows. She lays her head on my lap and will just look up at me and cup my cheek throughout the show, give me kisses, and just smiling at me. While of course saying, "I love you's". This is definitely one of the times I look forward to most in my day as well, I feel so spoiled getting to spend every day with my girls.
In her prayers she will always say, "thanks that mom's so sweet, and that dad's so sweet, and that Marley's so sweet" and she always looks up at each of us with a cute little smile while she say's it. Her prayers are always said with a "thanks" before everything, for the food, for our family, for Marley being nice today, for the snow, etc.
The biggest thing she is scared of is strangers taking her away. We had a family Home Evening lesson on Strange Danger and how to be safe (about a year ago) and it really stuck with her. So she is much better about not leaving my side while we are out of the house. We were at a restaurant the other week and there was a guy (he looked a little shaggy) and he was on his lap top and she put her finger up to her face to point to the guy and said, "Mommy he's a stranger" and he looked up to her pointing and starring at him. She also told me last week, "Mom, I will never let a stranger take you from me" (that's what I tell her to comfort her, that I will do all humanly possible to make sure that no one takes her from me). She has had a couple nightmares about strangers too, I don't want her to be scared, I just want her to be safe so that made me feel so bad. And seriously that lesson was last year, she's wanted to watch all these Youtube video's on stranger danger and how to be safe and will still ask to see more sometimes.
Kaydence is also a bit of a perfectionist especially when it comes to her clothes and hair. She has to have everything just so. Also if someone messes up something she just set up, like her baby's bed, or a tent over her bed, or a picture or craft she is doing, or messes up her hair, she gets really flustered.
She loves to match Marley. So she will find something to wear that goes in some way with what I put Marley in, for example another shirt with poka-dots, stripes, flowers or hearts, or one that is the same color, or one that buttons up in front, or skirts, shorts, capri's, etc.
She loves her baby dolls. She loves to make them beds (with like 10 blankets) and then she will get out the hymn book and act like she is reading it while she sings them to sleep. She also disciplines her babies, which is always funny to listen to because I hear how she perceives me to be when I discipline her. She loves to be a little mommy.
Some mornings she tells me about the dreams she had. The next morning after we went to Chuck-E-Cheese she said she had a GREAT dream! She dreamt that she was at Chuck-E-Cheese with me, daddy, Marley, and all her cousins and that she went up to Chuck-e-cheese to give him a big hug :) She has the cutest dreams.
Kaydence also picks up a lot of things I do or say. One thing that made me laugh is when I heard Kaydence tell Travis in the other room, "Daddy Marley's killing mommy!" When Marley is being difficult I'll tell Marley, "You're killing me Smalls" (off Sandlot). I tried to explain to Kaydence that this is just an expression but she didn't quite get what I meant and will still tell Marley sometimes, "you're killing mommy". So I've been trying not to say that anymore.
Once when Marley woke up during the night I went in, quietly, and tried to sooth Marley (tucking her in, rubbing her legs, and tickling her face). Kaydence didn't know I was in there and she was trying to get Marley to quiet down by saying things like, "Marley I'm tired, I need my sleep so you need to go bed.... go back to bed the suns not up.... Marley are you not going to go back to bed because your waking me up and I'm sooo tired?" It was so cute because when Kaydence gets up during the night I will tell her similar things, like how we both need our sleep and the suns not up yet. When we are away from home and we put the girls down to bed in the same room Kaydence will sing Marley to sleep sometimes and it is so sweet.
Kaydence and Marley are always giving each other hugs and when they sit down together to read or watch a show Marley will sit in Kaydence's lap. Kaydence also tends to talk for Marley and tell me exactly what it is that Marley wants.
Kaydence is also into asking "Why" all the time
Anytime I have to leave Kaydence somewhere, like Primary, the gym nursery, or to have someone watch the girls she is always so excited to report the moment she see's me coming in the door: "Mommy! I was SO GOOD in primary(or wherever we left her)!" She loves to make us proud.
At night Kaydence still tries to come and sleep in our room. We have let her sleep on the floor for a while when she would wake up during the night but now we want her to sleep in her own bed. So a couple nights ago Kaydence came in very emotional and told us that she "needed" to come and sleep in our bed with us. She told us that she prayed and Heavenly Father told her that if she didn't sleep with us she would die! She was saying so much more and it was so funny, even at two in the morning, but I can't remember it all. I just thought it was so funny that she came prepared with a long list of reasons why she "needed" to sleep in our bed.
Kaydence still LOVES clothes, dresses, shoes, her toes painted, hair things, accessories of any kind, lip stick (chap stick), and every other girly thing. For Christmas she told me she wants me to make her a dress and hair things. I love that she loves that stuff so much because I love to make it and it makes it so much funner that she gets so excited about it. That is just another thing I absolutely love about Kaydence, that she gets so excited and is so enthusiastic over so many things. It doesn't matter if it's going out to eat together or me making her yet another bow or head wrap she is grateful and excited and her enthusiasm is so contagious.
Kaydence is still as expressive and dramatic as ever. She is such a girly girl through and through and I could not love her more! I love getting to spend all day with her and hear how her mind works and see and hear all the funny and sweet things she does all the time. We love you more than "INFINITY AFTER" Kaydence!
Most Recent Pictures
This one say's it all, "Girl -through and through!"
Loves to dress up!
Kaydence loves to sing and here she let me record her singing a hymn we sang in church. Such a little performer! The other part is her four year old interview!
The face paint was her favorite part of the costume, she felt like a big girl wearing make up
Kaydence was so excited the entire time we were at Chuck-E-Cheese. She makes things SOOO fun!
Kaydence still LOVES to get all dressed up every Sunday