Adelaide Harper You Are 6 Years Old!

I think every year that I will write this post on time, but it is always so busy in the summer and too hot to take pictures outside. But, I eventually get it done and thankfully you don’t change too much within a couple months!

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I can’t believe you are already 6 years old! I know I say this every year, but it goes so fast! Your life is just passing us by! And your personality is just so big for your age, that’s it’s easy to imagine you driving off at 16. Or walking down the isle. Or holding your first little one. Whew! Okay, too many tears, back to you at 6…

Homeschool this year is going great! It is much better than last year. I feel like last year was trial and error, trying to learn what works for you. And while things aren’t perfect this year, we have much fewer frustrating days. You have a tendency to zone out a little and it’s hard to get you to focus sometimes. You also love to decorate your worksheets, which can be time-consuming for me, but I’m trying to be patient because I know you have such a creative little mind.

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I love to write down funny things you do or say. Last September when we were eating out at a Chinese restaurant with Nana and Happy, the waitress came by to check on us. You started saying some incoherent words and I just kind of shushed you because I was trying to be polite to the waitress. When she left, I asked you what you said and you replied “I was talking to the waitress in her language, but I couldn’t understand what I was saying”. We just all cracked up at that! I was so thankful the waitress didn’t hear your attempt at Chinese! Haha!

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Later that month when I had to get some dental work done, I asked you to give me a kiss to make me brave. You said “I know why you don’t want to get your cavities filled! Because they’re so beautiful!” I told you that you were so sweet and you told me that I was so sweet! Daddy said there was a lot of mutual admiration going on that morning and you said “Just doing my job! I take care of the heartbroken!”

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Your favorite toys are plastic animals, Duplos, Lion Guard action figures, stuffed animals, and your marble run. You also really enjoy to craft, cut, glue, and draw. When you have a dream, you like to tell us all about it and add lots of details to make the story more exciting. And you pause often to tell us which part you dreamed and which part you added. I love the cuddling I sometimes get in the mornings as you tell me these long stories!

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You have lost 3 teeth this year! You don’t like to give your teeth to the Tooth Fairy, so we trick the tooth fairy with dried white beans and so far it has worked every time! We have told you from the very beginning that the tooth fairy isn’t real, but that doesn’t keep us from having fun pretending!

Every so often you get curious about different things. This past week it was skateboarding, and a few weeks before that it was Indians. It changes all the time and we try to encourage your curiosity. Once you asked to see a picture of what Elephant poop looks like and when I showed you, you said “I love my Mom and Dad because they let me discover things I don’t know about!” To go along with your interest in Indians, I bought you a little set of Indian action figures. They came with a couple animals, and a fire. You set them all up around the fire and said “The animals are playing tag and the people are holding hands around the fire and having a ‘ceremony'”. Haha!

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You say your catchphrase is “Dumbbunnies” and you like to use it when you are mad or disappointed. You use a lot of big words for a 6 year old like “apparently”, “in the meantime”, “objects”, and “that’s just an expression”. Another sweet quote: “Even though our family is small, it has a big heart!” You also still have a few made-up words left from toddler-hood that I love to hear you say, like “Renemory” (memory), Calendar” (counter), and when you want to copy and paste a picture you ask me to “double-size” it. When we were at Sonic a while back, there was a stray cat outside. You wanted to know if it was a boy or girl and told me to see if I can see his “boy details”! Oh my goodness, you keep us laughing!!

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We tried to have another baby this year. You have asked for a sibling for a long time. We have prayed about it together a lot. I knew that I needed to tell you we were going to try because infertility means lots of appointments and treatments to go to. When I told you that we were going to try, you got big tears in your eyes and asked “Are you doing this for me?” It broke my heart! I told you no, because if something happened to me, I didn’t want you to think it was your fault, but it was all for you! In the process of trying this year, we learned just how much of a miracle it is that we have you. I am sad that we couldn’t give you a sibling, but I will forever be grateful that God gave you to us for a little while!

You and Daddy really enjoy doing things together! This year you got to go on two Daddy-Daughter dates to see the Lego Batman movie and the Lego Ninjago movie! He has been teaching you chess and you guys love playing checkers together too. He shares your creative brain and many mornings are spent drawing together at the kitchen table. You were excited this year to create your own Instagram account to put pictures you take of your artwork, for family to follow and see.

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One of the most exciting things to happen this year was that you asked Jesus into your heart! On April 9th. We had been talking about it for a long time but I wanted it to come from you and not pressure you in any way. One day after church you said that you prayed to yourself in Ms. Shirley’s class for Jesus to come into your heart. We had a long conversation about what that meant to make sure that you understood. We believe that you did. What makes this more special is that I also, asked Jesus into my heart after Ms. Shirley’s class one day when I was little, praying silently on the way home from church. When your cousin Layton was at our house visiting about a month ago, you held onto his little shoulders and said “Layton, I just have to know, have you asked Jesus into your heart so when you die you can go to Heaven and we can continue our story together?”. It was the sweetest thing! I pray that as you grow, you continue to have a heart for leading people to the Lord!

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This year I have seen a lot of growth in you. You are just the sweetest little girl! The other day at Aldi, I realized I had the wrong can of something and was already in line. I was hot and tired and didn’t want to have to go through the line all over again for one can. I made a split second decision and asked you to start unloading the cart while I went and grabbed the can. In the 20 seconds that I was gone, I thought “What is she going to be doing when I get back? That was a bad choice!”, thinking maybe you would be zoned out or just dancing around. When I came back, you were doing exactly what I had asked you to and had unloaded like 10 things all by yourself. I was so proud of you in that moment! You and I butt heads a lot because you can be very sassy and strong-willed, but I also know that you are still learning, so respectful in public and are great at talking to other adults. People comment all the time at how smart and well-behaved you are! And I am so thankful for that. I remind myself that your sassiness at home is normal, because home is your safe place and the place where you are allowed to express your big emotions.

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I love to tell you that “You are my favorite” and ask you “Why are you so cute?”. You always smile, but also sigh because I say those things so often. But it’s true! You are my favorite! I could not have dreamed of a better kid than you! I love everything about your personality! Whenever Daddy gets home late at night, we often talk and laugh as I fill him in on the funny things you said that say or the creative things you did. We love you with all our hearts!

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Adelaide Harper You Are 5 Years Old!

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Well, technically, you are 5 years, 1 month, and 18 days as I write this. Life is busy these days and I am so glad to finally be taking the time to do this. I love reading back on what you were like when you were younger and know that I (and hopefully you) will cherish these snapshots of your life when you are older!

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This has been a whirlwind of a year. I feel like you are such a big kid now. There is no more toddler left in you. You have opinions, stories, sassiness, dreams, and lots of creativity. You love to draw elaborate pictures that have lots of neat details. You make up songs about shows that you watch, or about your toys, or about things that you have made up. Speaking of things that you have made up: Bat-horses, magic pop tree seeds, and the Ghost Man are the ones that you mention most often.

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You are one of the most stubborn people I have ever met in my life. Sometimes you would rather take a consequence multiple times than give in. And you are so independent. You have no worries about going places without Mom and Dad. (You are actually disappointed when we come back to get you). I love your confidence. I think it is one of the best traits that you have. I hope you never lose it! I can only imagine the special plans that God has for your life. I think that you will succeed in whatever you put your mind to!

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I often try to write down funny things you say so that I don’t forget them. Back in May, I recorded this one: “A few days ago, I asked Adelaide to respond with a ‘yes, ma’am’, she just said ‘ok’. I told her again to say ‘yes ma’am’ and she said ‘Mom, ‘ok’ means ‘yes ma’am’ in Franch!” You definitely keep us laughing!

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But you can also be very sweet. The other day we went to a homeschool playdate at a park. You got mad at the end because it was almost time to go, and I told you I wasn’t going to push you on the swing anymore. Afterwards, you told me “I’m not mad at you anymore, Mom, because you’re the best mom in the world; better than Batman! I love you so much, Mom!” I just tucked that moment away in my heart, to pull out on the days when you are especially sassy.

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The biggest event in our life recently is that we started homeschool. It is going really well so far. You are so smart, and learning is a breeze so far. If you are bored, sometimes it will take longer, but most of the time we are done around lunchtime. I was so proud the other day when you read “mat” and “sat”, when we’ve only been doing school a couple of weeks! I am so thankful that we made the choice to homeschool. It is hard sometimes, but I am so glad that I get to invest in your life and watch you learn.

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You are still a pretty picky eater, but have recently expanded your palette to include yogurt and bananas. And for that I am thankful. I am hopeful that one day you will grow out of the pickiness.

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A week or so ago, I cut your hair. I trimmed about 4 inches off to help with the tangles caused by the split ends. You were disappointed I didn’t straighten it the first day I cut it. You said you had been wearing you hair “curly for ears” (years)! Haha! So the next day I straightened it for you. You are beautiful either way! It’s fun that you have an opinion about stuff like that now.

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Some of your favorite toys right now are My Little Ponies, Legos, plastic animals, a dollhouse that was passed down to you from a church friend, stuffed animals, and you are just starting to be interested in barbies. You also enjoy playing with cars, trains, and your toy food and dishes.

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We try to take you to the library once a week. You love playing the Abc Mouse game and picking out new books. I am always amazed at how you can just strike up a conversation with anyone. Adult or child. A few weeks ago, one of the librarians let you sit behind the desk and see what it would be like to work there, because you said you wanted to be a librarian when you grow up. Although, you do have specific jobs you want to do before you get married, and different ones for after you get married. It varies. Sometimes you seem so much older than five…IMG_2420

You love to play outside. Your favorite thing to do is to play in the dirt, grass, and water, to make soup for various bugs. You like catching crickets, roly-polies, ants, and caterpillars. You give names to the trees in our yard and make friends with neighborhood animals. We had a cat that came around for awhile and you named it Jo-Jo. Whenever he heard you outside, he would come running from the tall grass field to play with you. He hasn’t shown up for months, but you have kept a special place in your heart for that cat and talk about him often. As for your own cat, Ruby, you two mostly pester each other. Haha!

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I am so, so thankful God gave me such a beautiful, smart, creative, independent daughter. I love who God made you to be! While you do things that remind me of your Dad, or me, you also have such a unique, totally-you, personality. I wouldn’t change anything about you! You are my best little friend! I hope that when you look back on your childhood and see the failures and shortcomings of your parents, that you also can see a picture of just how much you are loved and cherished. You are the light of our life, Adelaide Harper!

 

Adelaide Harper You Are Four Years Old!

*This post is only a few months late. Things have felt a little chaotic in our lives as we have spent several months adjusting to owning a house, cleaning out a storage unit, going through and organizing boxes of stuff, and painting. But better late than never!

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You are such a big girl at four! You tell us you are brave and can go places without Mom and Dad. You decided to test out that braveness one night and go outside by yourself because we were taking too long getting our stuff together to come out with you. When we got onto you for it, you said “But it’s okay, I’m brave!”.

You are certainly not the wallflower that I was growing up. You love to make friends wherever you go.  When we go to the park, you will start playing with any kid there. And at the grocery store you love to talk to adults we pass. You also sing songs throughout the store and ask people to sing a long as we pass them.

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You are still a very picky eater. We are working on it. Most days you will choose to go hungry than to eat what I’ve made for dinner.  The waitresses at the Bonnie Café always laugh at you because you order toast 90% of the times we go there. It actually worries Dad and I a lot and we are hoping you will grow out of it.

You love to sit and listen to books. We can make it through 6-8 stories before you start to get restless. You will also listen to a chapter at a time of bigger books. We read though most of Charlotte’s Web this summer and now we are working on the classic Winnie-The-Pooh. Our very first chapter book we read was a version of the Wizard of Oz.  It had a picture every other page. One night we were reading it before bedtime, and we were at a part where the Wicked Witch was sending wolves to tear apart Dorothy and her friends, and the Tin Woodsmen chopped off the wolves heads.  I was thinking to myself that this probably wasn’t the best thing to read right before bedtime, when you piped up, “Is there a picture of the heads chopped off?”. Didn’t phase you a bit!

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One of your favorite things to do is go to church and learn about Jesus. You love your Sunday School class and most Sundays are able to tell me details about what your lesson was about. I am so thankful for a class where you can learn about Jesus at your level. One day on the way home she was asking me what the name of the island was. At first I didn’t understand and asked “Hawaii?”. You were getting frustrated and then I remembered the lesson I had taught the second graders that day was about Paul and Titus and so I asked “Crete?” and you were excited that I knew what you were talking about.

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Your favorite things to do are play outside, do crafts, play with your stuffed animals and toys, and play games with Mom and Dad. Our favorite game lately has been the Sneak Snacky Squirrel game.

We have started doing homeschool-preschool with you and you love it so far! We work on school stuff just 2-3 days a week. You think it’s so funny that I am your teacher. I think you are slightly disappointed that you aren’t going to public school, because I think you were really excited about it. But your attitude about doing school at home has been great and you work so hard on your homework. I am so proud of you!

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This year you requested a princess birthday party. Not because you are really in to princesses, but because a lady at the dentist office asked you if you were having a princess party. So ever since that day you were convinced you had to have a princess party! Ha! You had a great birthday party with lots of cousins, some friends, and a princess birthday cake.

A week or two after your birthday, I took you to the animal shelter to pick out a kitty.  You have been begging for one for a long time. You were so excited! You picked out a little calico cat and we named her Ruby after your birthstone.  We had a few frustrating weeks as you were learning how to treat a cat. But thankfully you picked a docile one, who lets you do a lot of things to her (like dress her up in a tutu and have a dance party). You told me the other day that you didn’t sleep well the night before because you were up getting the cat all night. Haha!

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You have a few chores that you are responsible for. Some examples are straightening the shoe bench, putting your dishes in the sink, cleaning your room, and making your bed. We have started giving you allowance and you have been saving it for an Octonauts toy that you really want.

You love to sing.  You make up songs all day long about things you are doing. And when you play with toys you do humming and sound effects for the things you act out. We sing silly songs at bedtime about putting on pajamas and brushing teeth. And when we listen to the radio in the car, I often hear you sweetly singing along to songs you have heard before.

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Your memory baffles your Dad and I.  For a four year old, you remember so many details.  You remind us of things that happened a year ago (and even two years ago), that even we forgot about. I have a terrible memory, and your Dad has a pretty good memory, but of the three of us, you win! I think you will be able to do anything you put your mind to!

You recently had an interest in veins.  You kept asking me questions about it and so we found a book at the library that had a lot of pictures.  You sat and listened as I read about bacteria, white blood cells, red blood cells, and arteries.  We love going to the library and I think the librarian was a little amused that a four year old asked her for a book about veins.

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Most days I still am amazed that God gave me such a special girl. You are so funny, so creative, so sweet, and beautiful inside and out! Sometimes as a mom, days feel long, but then as soon as I put you to bed I regret not spending more time with you.  The time goes so fast and before I know it, you will be all grown up! You are my best little friend and I love you more than you could imagine!