Monday, September 24, 2012


This week, we discovered that Harper finally fits in some of Ella's favorite old t-shirts.  When she wore this particular purple shirt ( a favorite of mine, with three chicks, that says "chicks rule"), and I froze.  I simply stared at her all day long.  Seriously, check this out:

Huh?  Huh?  Freaky, right?  The one on the left is Ella at about four years old, and the one on the right is Harper at four-and-a-half.  So similar, yet so incredibly different.  For instance, unlike my voracious older reader, I'm struggling lately with Harper not wanting me to read to her.  It drives me nuts.  This isn't really a new thing with her, as she's always been more of a do-er than one to sit back and enjoy a story, but it's just bugging me more, because how's she going to learn how to read unless people read to her???  *sigh*  Actually, I'm not terribly concerned, because she's showing interest in letter sounds and wanting to read words on her own.  She just wants to read to herself, not be read to.  So, I'm sure she'll spend hours upon hours with her nose in books in no time.  In her time, I suppose.

But this whole shirt thing (along with the recent birthday and some tweenish upheaval) has me remembering my sweet oldest girl at this age.  I couldn't help but smile while I browsed through old photos looking for that particular picture with her in the same shirt.  So, for no other reason than I adore this girl, I'm including a few more photos of my firstborn at four.

Ella, age 4


  1. I do that too. It is hard not to remember when you see old things being passed down to new owners.

  2. I don't think I ever realized before how similar they look! Some of our favorite clothes are now being worn by the youngest (she has lots of "boy" hand-me-downs). One pair of pants, Chris wants to enshrine when we're done with them. He loves them. The shirt she wore the other day, I told her her grandmother (who she never met) bought it for her oldest brother. At least she gets something from her grandma. (I can just imagine how my mom would have gone nuts buying for a little girl, sigh.)


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