Nine, Eight and a HALF, Eight,Seven and a HALF, Seven ,Six and a half, Six ,Five, 4 1/2, Here's 4 , 3 1/2, 3 years, 2 1/2 years, 2 years 18 months, 12 months, 9 months? 6 months? 3 months? Just being born
Audra Grace, you are nine and a half!
Let's get this out of the way first....you have contributed to many, many of my gray hairs! Your energy and individuality keeps me on my toes. We have good days and exhausting days and we keep plodding forward, with your mama as your champion cheerleader encouraging you every step of the way. You, my girl, can do hard things and brave things. You already have and you will again and again. I'm right here to help you along.
What you love most in the whole wide world are your people. Your friends and family are everything to you. You think of loved ones when they aren't around and make them pictures and write stories about them. You even turn your math problems into tea party planning with your friends (15x3 : I can have three friends over for tea and each can have 15 different cookies, how many will I need?). You've never met a stranger, you make friends wherever you go. Conversation is never lacking! You also would spend all your money on gifts for other people. You are just that generous.
Your next favorite thing are your animals. You have such a way with all animals and spend lots of your time with them. You have never really played with toys, you much prefer playing with your animals.
You also love books. You like to get up with the sun to read, then listen to an audio during breakfast, then you listen to me read to you in the morning, followed by audiobooks in the afternoon, with me reading to you again in the evening, with you reading to yourself thenafter and then you listening to audioboks before you fall asleep. Whenever you are lost in a book, life is spectacular in your eyes. You spend your time when listening to books doing something crafty: weaving, crocheting, embroidery, painting, baking, coloring, anything crafty.
I love that you are still into your old fashioned dress up fun. You really like dressing Anna-Kate up (she's so willing too!). You go on adventures, have elaborate tea parties, pack your valises, set up house. I just never know what you are up to, but it's mighty engaging! You most definitely would not play dress up when going places, you are very particular about looking sharp in your jeans and boots when we go places (and shopping is where you like going best!).
Academically you are a whiz. You pick up on everything quickly, remember things with ease and perform without a problem. Last year we did the standardized testing and you got almost every question on the test right.
One thing we're learning about you is you have a lovely singing voice. I really love listening to you sing Christmas carols.
You have been loving winter sports: x country skiing, skating, sledding.
There's an adventure happening? You're the girl who definitely wants in. Always up to try something new and exciting!
You have so much spunk and spice, I often ponder what will you be when you are a grown up? Alas, that's a surprise in the making, my unpredictable and spirited one. I love you so very much and I will forever be the one who believes in you.
(Lace up shoes you wanted for Old Fashioned play)