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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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!
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!