She Just Likes To Play


Note taken on September 20th.

This morning she climbed out of her bath and announced she was a cat.


"Mommy pick me up like I'm a cat."

So I wrapped her up in a towel and picked her up from the ground like I'd pick up George and carried her into her bedroom to get dressed for school.

Our before-school-morning was smooth as I played along with her pretending to be a cat and it was a blessing because these first couple weeks of adjusting back to school have been tough.

Today she said yes to a different skirt that she's said no to every single day of school so far. She was happy and cooperative as that little kitty cat, eating her breakfast and even letting me put her hair in pig-tails.

I played along.

And it was really pretty magical.

She just likes to play. It's definitely one of her love languages.

Meow, sweet girl, meow.

PS | She also told me that she has a really good boy's voice when she plays with her dolls.

28 thoughts

  1. J Allen

    2013-10-09 09:15:18 -0400

    Ali, how much you look like your Mom in this pic!

  2. Donna

    2013-10-09 09:47:49 -0400

    Love. Just pure love Ali!

  3. molly

    2013-10-09 09:59:45 -0400

    How sweet. I'm awed that you can fit her bath in before school. It's a mad rush around here. (I Need to work on that.)

  4. Cathy L.

    2013-10-09 10:10:15 -0400

    Sweet memories! I agree, you really do look like your mom in this photo!

  5. Jo-Anne from ZA

    2013-10-09 10:16:32 -0400

    So BEAUTIFUL!!!!

    Aren't these times we spend with our Little Ones just too precious for words??

    ENJOY every moment because before you know it you will be getting her ready for her wedding:-):-)

  6. Jessica Woodford

    2013-10-09 10:20:16 -0400

    I so love this!

  7. Jennifer

    2013-10-09 10:43:59 -0400

    I love that you pointed out play as a love language. That is something for me to think about today. There are times when we're in a hurry or it's just time to go to bed. The "baby kitty"
    business (at our house) seems to be more of stall tactic or "pushing buttons". I needed to be reminded that it's also a love language and an opportunity for play and snuggles and connecting.

  8. lindsey

    2013-10-09 11:23:47 -0400

    awesome. just awesome.

  9. Tara

    2013-10-09 11:54:11 -0400

    Ali -- My husband bought me one of your books about 10 years ago, for xmas and I've been hooked -- I also won a book of yours at a scrapbooking convention -- I love your style and i LOVE your creations. I have NO time to do half the stuff I want to do with my photos and journaling, but I'm encouraged when I read about your simple solutions. And your daughter is SO ADORABLE!!!!

  10. Marti Richards

    2013-10-09 15:51:04 -0400

    Super cute! My almost 5 year old girl loves to be a cat named Kitty Meow Meow or a dog named Max. Love this age and it is always a lovely reminder of what is most important in life. :)

  11. Nelia

    2013-10-09 17:47:26 -0400

    Love this. I have a spunky and opinionated little 2 year old, so I get it. Is this picture taken on a self-timer?

  12. J3SS1C4

    2013-10-09 17:48:55 -0400

    So sweet! I hope she always has that playfulness :)

  13. Ellie Augustin

    2013-10-09 17:58:06 -0400

    To me its beyond amazing to watch/listen to my 6 yr. old in her world. It amazes me the stories she can come up with. The voices and names of the countless Barbies she has how no matter what she may be playing they are center stage of the plot to her stories. I love that she'll come up to be with her "Mama did you "statements. I just soak it all in I actually had posted about this just thing today on my blog. Loving your post today!

  14. Monica

    2013-10-09 18:10:18 -0400

    Both my girls went through the "I'm a cat stage, and the I'm a dog stage" I think it really is the sweetest form of innocence, and silliness, all wrapped in one. I agree, play along. I cherish those moments. We now tease our 19 year old about how she would go up and lick her our leg, just like a cat or dog! LOL!

  15. Jessica

    2013-10-09 18:21:01 -0400


  16. Doris

    2013-10-09 18:29:36 -0400

    When my daughter was small, she decided she was a cat - in a restaurant bathroom. She was meowing when someone came in and said - there's a cat in here. I had to explain...

  17. erinn

    2013-10-09 18:43:20 -0400

    This was like an arrow to my heart. Especially after the afternoon/evening I just had with my sweet girl. What a timely and important reminder for me to slow down, pay attention and foster her playfulness instead of trying to squash it. Thank you.

  18. laura g.

    2013-10-09 23:31:52 -0400

    this age is magical...wonder what you were like at her age??

  19. Angie Blom

    2013-10-10 00:51:14 -0400

    So cute.. Little girls love to be cats.. At 4 my daughter started her cat phase .. And every once in awhile like tonight I here a little meow .. She is 7 . Enjoy every minute! Mama Cat!

  20. Sarah

    2013-10-10 05:39:33 -0400

    Ha! I remember back 14 years as if it was yesterday. Tooth brushing with a puppy was way easier than with a 2 year old boy! Thanks for the memory

  21. Cindy B.

    2013-10-10 10:35:50 -0400

    Ahhhhh!! Peace. Love those kind of mornings.

  22. Tinka

    2013-10-11 18:20:33 -0400

    I firmly believe that playing, and a willingness to be silly, keeps you young! So when my 3 yr old great-nephew, asks me to get down on the floor and play dinosaurs with him, I happily accept..even though getting back up can be a challenge!

  23. Suz

    2013-10-12 14:13:39 -0400

    Great memories Ali! TFS.

  24. Janis from ID

    2013-10-13 20:52:34 -0400

    So wonderfully sweet!! She is a lucky little gal to have you for her mama kitty.
    <3 J

  25. Anne

    2014-02-05 15:48:54 -0500

    Ali, my heart is melting reading about your morning. I wish I had been so patient when my daughters were younger (now 19 & 15). Enjoy these moments as they go by much too quickly. They are the times you will cherish!

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