If you know Ellie, you know that she is a very girly girl. She always carries her "make-up" (a.k.a. lip gloss, pretend curlers, mirror, brush. etc.) with her in her purse when we go somewhere. I even heard her pretending to have a boyfriend recently when she was playing. We've never encouraged these things...in fact, we're doing our best to discourage boyfriends until she's at least 60! Anyway, last week, she came downstairs in her swimsuit, side ponytail, and new dress shoes and told me that she was going to be in a "swim competition." Ironically, she refused to pose for a picture, so I had to sneak around the corner to get this shot (this will not surprise at all you if you've ever met her). Ellie is becoming too grown-up for her own good. If she's like this at 4, I can't imagine what she'll be like at 14. I can feel the gray hairs coming in as I type!