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Happy Birthday, Big Girl!

Where does the time go?  Our baby is 4 and there really isn’t enough time to talk about all the things we love about her.  She’s kind and truly considerate, happy and silly, smart and cute, independent and confident, opinionated and direct, trusting and loyal…I could (and probably will) go on and on.  But first, a picture… (and I’m not gonna lie, I’m pretty proud of these).


Over the past few months, as Cate has drawn closer to 4, she has really changed.  She has shown such maturity and confidence.  She has always been a little character full of personality, but all of the sudden this amazing personality is paired with independence and she is simply blossoming.



She’s into pretty typical 4-year-old stuff, she likes princesses, playing  babies, kitchen, store and dollhouse.  But her interests really lie in all things musical and imaginative.  She LOVES to dance and sing and thanks to her newest obsession, Taylor Swift, she LOVES to put on “beautiful dresses and high heels” and rock out, just like Taylor.  On most days she “is” one of her idols, either a “beautiful ballerina”, a “12 year old”, “Taylor Swift” or big cousin “Makayla”.  (Oh yes, Makayla is right up there with Taylor Swift!  She really is that cool).


She’s also waaaaay into fashion.  Each day, she picks out the clothes that she wants to wear, and changes her clothes at least 3 times a day.  Her top choices are usually a dress or a skirt, but always her favorite pink high tops.  🙂  (So, if you see our daughter in some crazy outfit, she has most likely picked it out herself, don’t judge.) 🙂  The main criteria for her outfits is that they are “girlish”.  For example, here is  a recent conversation:

Me: How about these jeans, Cate?

Cate: No, they’re not girlish enough.

Me: Huh?

Cate: They look like boy’s jeans.  I feel like a farmer in them.


So, if you were wondering, yes, she picked out her entire outfit for her shoot.  We went to the mall, and this is what she wanted.  She also begged me for a pair of jeans and sparkly top because it looked “just like a 12 year old!”.



She was way into her photo shoot.  All of the sassy poses, all her.  It was so fun!!


As I mentioned before, Cate loves music and LOVES to “rock out”.  So, after ever couple of shots, she would have to take a minute to rock out, then she was good to go for more pictures.  Here are just a few of her rocker stances.

Cate Favorites

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We’re simply oozing with pride over this little girl.  We hope that we can continue to foster her individuality and creativeness.  We are so proud of her kindness and gentle spirit and instead of being sad about her getting another year older, we will embrace the changes, enjoy the ride and thank God for every single moment we get to spend with this awesome kid.  Happy Birthday, Cate. We love you more than words can say.


November 25, 2009 - 10:00 pm

Aunt Shari - Jaime, These are sooooo good. You have really developed your talent. Of course, look at what you have to work with here. Cate is a beautiful little girl and so fun. Happy 4th Birthday Cate! Thanks for sharing. I’ve been looking every day.
Aunt Shari

November 25, 2009 - 10:17 pm

Jennifer Morgan - oh…no words…… Cate…

November 25, 2009 - 11:18 pm

Michelle - i cant tell you my favorites because i literally love them ALL. seriously, i want a copy of each one.

November 26, 2009 - 12:41 am

momma Dar - Okay, now that was fun!!! Pure fun! Thanks for sharing Jaima!

November 26, 2009 - 9:02 am

Amy - Happy 4th Birthday sweet Niece Cathryn! We can’t wait to celebrate with you. Cute Cute Cute pictures, they show your sassy side for sure!

November 26, 2009 - 5:17 pm

Jenny Meiners - First of all, I just LOVE that first pict of Cate walking with the balloons! What an amazing shot! Second, your description of Cate made me want to cry – it was so sweet and well-written and they will be words that I’m sure Cate will treasure in years to come.

November 26, 2009 - 11:22 pm

Kristin - Jaime, I love to see where you are at because it shows me where I am heading…I love your pitctures and your words. You are truly blessed with some many talents. So glad I know you.

November 28, 2009 - 12:56 am

Larissa - I love your “blogging” with the pictures…love to read all the details. I agree with Chelle about all of the pictures being awesome but I could look at number 6 and 7 all day long!!!! LOVE it.

Happy birthday pretty girl!

November 28, 2009 - 10:32 pm

Bethany - Jamie…..I love these pictures! You are doing such a great job with your photography! Can you believe you have a four year old? It truly does go so fast.

November 29, 2009 - 9:08 pm

Carol Downerd - How can it be that Cate is 4 and so grown up already!! The pictures are wonderful Jamie. Thanks for sharing them. It makes me feel like I am home in Ohio. Happy birthday Cate!! Enjoy being four years old.

December 1, 2009 - 12:26 am

Aunt Barb - Cate is SO BEAUTIFUL!! Can’t believe she’s four, WOW!! You did an awesome job with
her pictures Jaime, you are very talented!!

Love you all, Aunt Barb

December 3, 2009 - 10:18 am

Margie - awww- what a great photo shoot and blog post jaim! you captured all the sides of cate in those pictures. you are so lucky to have such a beautiful, sweet, sassy, smart little girl- and she is so lucky to have YOU for her mom! happy 4th birthday cate! 🙂

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