Happy Birthday, NINE YEAR OLD AUDRA!


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Audra Grace, you are NINE. 

Our 4th of July baby, our definite firecracker. You keeps us on our toes every hour, every minute, every second.  100% of the time we keep tabs on you because we just never know what you are up to! 

Your loves are your animals.  You spend lots of time with them, caring for them, talking to them, snuggling them. You are eager to meet other animals out and about and love to watch and catch animals in nature. 

You love, love, love books. You enjoy reading on your own, you enjoy being read to. You could listen to audiobooks by the hour. Sometimes you read to Anna-Kate, which is precious. 

You are never, ever alone. You don't want to be alone. You like to be within whoever's bubble you are with.  You enjoy playing with Anna-Kate and Adrian and never understand when they need a break. You like to lean on us, hold our hands, you still try to sit on our laps (which doesn't last too long anymore). There is no such thing as being too close to the ones you love! 

You enjoy dressing up and pretend playing in different time periods. You have quite the collection of old fashioned apparel, but you are also apt to whip something up with playsilks, grain bags, fabric scraps, whatever! Your first choice when you get screen time is watch youtube videos about clothing in different time periods. 

Your favorite athletic adventure is swimming.  The Atlantic Ocean is too cold for most of the world, but not to you!  You spend hours submerged. Your first full dip of the year was in April this year.  You just love swimming underwater. 

You are a smart shopper and a great gift giver. You make the best cards, crafts and paintings for others.  You really love your friends and are on your best behavior when you have a playdate. 

You do not like things that you view boring or hard.  But once you try, you are very capable, a quick learner, athletic and excellent at remembering.

You have a hearty appetite and love all sorts of things, especially eggs and potatoes. You love things that will make a meal fancy, such as frilly toothpicks, fancy napkins, ice cubes, the best plates. 

Organization isn't your strong suit and we laugh that we always know where you are because we can follow your trail. 

You are hilarious. Your vocabulary is strong, your wit is quick.  You say the funniest things sometimes! 

You, my girl, are a one in a million.  You take every ounce of energy I have most days, but it's worth it. You have a great heart, you desire to learn and grow, you love deeply and are going to do great things in your future years. 

There is no one in this world who loves you more than me.  Happy birthday, my nine year old. 

Love, Mama  

Nicknames: I don't have a nickname. How old are you? 9 What is your favorite color? All of them! What is your favorite animal? I like all animals! Especially pets. We have grasshoppers as pets now.
What is your favorite book? All the ones mom has! And more! What is your favorite song? Some of dad's songs that are really annoying. They help me annoy people. And I make up my own. Plus I love the Hidden in My Heart songs. What is your favorite food? Most of the food my mom makes and pizza and McDonalds and BLTs and mom's homemade bread and mom's homemade mac and cheese and hot dogs. What is your favorite drink? One of my favorites is lemonade and pink lemonade and colored water at Nam's and ice water. And apple juice and orange juice and grape juice. Elderberry juice (syrup) too! What is your favorite breakfast food? Pancakes, scrambled eggs, fried egg sandwiches. Doughnuts. Homemade toast and butter.
What is your favorite snack? We don't eat snacks at home, but at Nam's house, we have cupcakes for snack and juice and colored water with a straw. When we go on trips, I like having trail mix, granola bars, french fries and apples for snacks.

What is your favorite outfit? Well, sometimes I like wearing dresses, sometimes skirts,sometimes jeans, sometimes snowpants. Sometimes long sleeved, sometimes short sleeved. Sometimes dressy and old fashioned.
What is your favorite game? Sorry, Zingo, Checkers, Candyland, Battle Sheep, Battle Ship, Richard Scarry's Game and Bocce ball, baseball with daddy, throw the ball with Holly and lots more! What is your favorite toy? I don't really play with toys. I like nature and pets. Who is your best friend? Anna and Lucy. And Adrian, Mama, Daddy, Anna-Kate, Nam and Pap What is your favorite thing to do? I like when daddy pushes me on the swing in the barn. I like playing with the chickens, guinea pigs, playing fetch with the dogs, catching grasshoppers. I also like playing with the cat (I have taken full responsibility for the cat). I like to play old fashioned, going to cracked rock, making 'salad' with Anna. I like playing lost in the woods or playing that I am an orphan with Anna-Kate. I like to cook with mom, playing trucks with Adrian, working out with daddy, taking things apart, picking raspberries, gardening, reading a book. When I get into a story, I don't pay attention to anything else. I like going to the library to pick out books. I like listening to audiobooks. I like when mom reads. I like when dad reads because he does funny voices and he uses bad words and makes up weird annoying songs when he reads.
What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play! I play with Anna-Kate. Or trucks with Adrian. I help mom with gardening. Mama got me and Adrian some body surfing boards and I like to ride the waves.
What is your favorite holiday? My birthday, Christmas, Halloween and Mother's day and Father's day and holidays when mom makes a cake. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Grace (doll that mom made) and Lucy (hippo that Nam made)
Where is your favorite place to go? The beach, to my friends' house. Definitely NY. I like being out and about and going to the thrift store when I have money from my birthday or Christmas. What is your favorite restaurant? Mominos! (Which is what they call mama's 'restaurant') and McDonalds. Where do you want to go on vacation? NY to see lots of relatives! And to see Uncle Paul. And to see Uncle Matt. And to see Grampy and Auntie Susan and Auntie Phyllis. And to go to NH to see Maddie. What do you want to be when you grow up? A veterinarian.
What will you do on your birthday? Eat BLTs, carrot cake, chips-n-dip, watermelon, open presents and cards and have fun talking!

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