Our Five Ring Circus: The Birthday When Everything Changes: Liliana at 5 Years Old

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Birthday When Everything Changes: Liliana at 5 Years Old

Turning 5 years old was a big deal for Lily! Not only was she officially "one whole hand old" on her last birthday, but that magic number brought so many changes into her life. From starting Kindergarten to starting dance to being just hours away from losing her first tooth, this little girl is rocking life at 5 years old! 

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Lily is one of those kids who is incredibly loving, sweet and kind, but she also has a HUGE personality. She is truly the funniest kid I know! We always joked that she was going to be the class clown and that's playing out exactly as we expected! She is an extrovert who has no problem making friends wherever she goes and she loves to entertain. Considering she has two thespian parents it's very likely that she's going to end up on stage!

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Just a few weeks after turning 5, Lily started Kindergarten. We were on the fence about sending her because her birthday was just before the Kindergarten cutoff date, but we are so happy we went ahead with it. She LOVES school and is so excited to go every day.  Math is her favorite and she thinks it's so cool that she's learning how to read. This little girl is thriving in Kindergarten and I don't regret our decision one bit. Her only struggle is the fact that she gets warned once or twice a week about talking in the hallway or during class! (I'm not surprised!)


Right after she started school, Lily also started dance. She was torn between gymnastics or ballet but dance ultimately won. Instead of just taking ballet, she is learning ballet, tap, jazz and acro. I had a feeling she would like it but I'm honestly surprised by just how much she loves it. I foresee many years of dance ahead of us!


Just before Lily turned 5, one of her teeth started to get wiggly. Now she has two loose teeth and the one is just hours away from falling out. I'm honestly surprised it hasn't already, but her first visit from the tooth fairy is so near. Lily's going to reach that big milestone this week!  That toothless grin is always a big change and definitely a sign of how quickly they grow up!

Birthday Photoshoot

It may be almost 2 1/2 months late, but Lily and I sat down tonight to finish her birthday interview! I took her photos on her birthday but never got the chance to share the pictures or her yearly interview. It's just a testament to how fast-paced life is these days. But better late than never!

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Lily's 5 Year Interview:

The Birthday When Everything Changes

Age: 5
Stats: 37 lbs and 45 inches

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2. FAVORITE TOY? My Barbies.
4. FAVORITE SUPERHERO? The one with the pink hair. In Wonder Woman.
5. FAVORITE FRUIT? Tomatoes. Never mind...Apples.
8. FAVORITE CEREAL? Froot Loops.
9. FAVORITE LUNCH?  Mac and cheese!

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10. FAVORITE DINNER? Hamburger Helper! 
11. FAVORITE DRINK? Lemonade.
12. FAVORITE SNACK? Granola Bar.
13. FAVORITE RESTAURANT? The restaurant at Virginia Beach. (The Raven.)
14. FAVORITE TV SHOW?  Spongebob!
15. FAVORITE MOVIE? My Little Pony.
17. FAVORITE SONG?  Let It Go from Frozen.
18. FAVORITE SINGER/BAND? Christina Perri. She sings Jar of Hearts and Lonely!
19. FAVORITE BOOKS? Princesses. All the books with princesses.

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20. FAVORITE BOOK SERIES? Ummmm...Little Charmers! 
21. FAVORITE OUTFIT? My little pony shirt and colorful tutu. (From her 4 Year Interview.)
22. FAVORITE GAME? Operation.
23. FAVORITE SPORT? Penguins. (Hockey.)
24. FAVORITE ANIMAL?  A panda. And a koala, too. They are both SOOOO CUTE! They are cuties.
26. FAVORITE THINGS TO DO? Go play with my friends.
27. FAVORITE SUBJECT? Doing math.
28. FAVORITE STUFFED ANIMAL?  My little panda.
29. FAVORITE DAY OF THE WEEK? Friday! It's Friday, Friday, Friday, yeah!

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31. FAVORITE SEASON? Winter! Snowing! We get to make snow angels and snowman.
32. FAVORITE HOLIDAY?  Christmas.
33. WHO IS YOUR BEST FRIEND? Charlie! And Victoria and Lily.
34. WHO DO YOU LIKE TO PLAY WITH?  I like to play with Charlie!
35. WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?  Doing a funny face. It's so funny. *giggles*
36. WHAT SCARES YOU?  Someone in a costume with a pretend zombie mask.
37. WHAT MAKES YOU SAD? When best friends doesn't let me play with them.
38. WHAT DO YOU WISH FOR? I wish to drive! 
39. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY?  I remember going to the beach!
40. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?   When I grow up, I want to be a pet doctor...a vet!
41. DISLIKES?  I don't like to eat ice cream cones for breakfast. NO! *giggles*

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As Lily curled up on my lap tonight while I asked her the questions for her birthday interview, I couldn't help but squeeze her tight. She's growing up far too quickly for my liking. I just want to protect her innocence and sweetness, and shield her from the world. Although she may look and act so grown up these days, she will ALWAYS be my baby! 

5th Birthday



  1. Lily is so stinking sweet you can see her big personality shine through in her photos all the time. She also sounds A LOT like my Emily. Also another big personality. I bet they would have SO much fun together.

    1. I can definitely see that about Emily! I bet they would have so much fun together!

  2. Lily is so precious! She sure does sound like a special little girl! Brayden also turned 5 right before Kindergarten but we sent him too and I was so happy we did because he thrived as well! Her favorite game use to be one of mine and it made me realize we've never played with the kids!

    1. Thank you! I was a bit worried at first because some of her classmates were already 6 or about to turn 6 when school started but she has no problem fitting in! You should definitely get Operation for your kids. That's one I don't mind playing!

  3. When reading about being warned for talking in class, I laughed out loud. I was like that so much. I never stopped talking haha. At some point the teacher just had to put me outside the classroom so I could focus on the school work. It wasn't like I couldn't concentrate, but I just had too much fun catching up with every body. It sounds like Lily is a social butterfly, just like I was (and still am)! I love that she loves school so much and I am blown away by her dreams for the future. I mean a vet? A lot of 5 year olds want to be a princess! Go Lily!

  4. Ooooh Steph, y'all are going to have a heart breaker on your hands one day! She is just beautiful! And I'm cracking up that she's wants to drive already!. She sounds just like I did at that age... Miss Independent!. Happy birthday to your sweet girl!

  5. Happy Birthday to your sweet girl!! My baby just turned 5 in June....time does go by so fast!

  6. Such a darling girl!

    I've already started to stress about what we'll do for Wy when the time comes because his birthday is 9/9.

  7. What a beauty! These pics are awesome!

  8. That is so many new things for 5! Her interview is seriously the cutest thing ever!!! What a great idea!

  9. A whole hand old – I love that! Lily is a doll and these pictures of her are precious. Love the interview!

  10. Aw, such a beautiful little lady!
    I loved the Q&A. I may have to borrow that for future birthday posts!

  11. I love that you took the time to share Lily at 5. One day she will read your blog and love having a snapshot of herself at such a (fun) young age.

  12. Happy Birthday again! I think her birthday must be close to Simon's, but he's a year older.


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