Wednesday, February 23, 2011
You are so thrilled that we are having a baby GIRL! You're always thinking of new variations on "When the baby sister is born, I will . . ." The fill-in-the-blanks range from "change her diaper" to "always have someone who wants to play girl stuff". You are excited to share your room (though you informed me that I ought to paint the crib white since it would be prettier AND we needed a crib skirt) and you love to talk to my tummy and pray for the baby. It is so precious! Yesterday I took you on a "Mommy/Abby date" to the tea shop and you told me "Soon we will have three girls to come to our tea parties."
Ballet lessons started after your fourth birthday and you were so thrilled! You were excited to learn that you will be a pear from "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" for your recital, and you invite everyone you can think of to come watch you, "But you don't have to; it's okay if you can't come." However, now that you watch Isaac's gymnastics class every week you have decided that maybe you'd rather do that instead - but I told you we have to stick with ballet through the recital since I already paid for the costume! It's funny because you never want to go to ballet class but then you always come home saying you had a good time.
We also have swimming lessons (2x) and Bible study every week which honestly has really helped this winter go more smoothly. It's nice to have something active to do. You also have been very into crafts - painting a fairy suncatcher, making a cereal necklace, decorating your Valentines box. I showed you how to color carefully in the lines using colored pencils and you and I have colored several "princess pictures" side-by-side. You said you want to be a "coloring artist" when you grow up.
Each day for school you listen attentively to our read alouds. You are very good at narrating back the story when I ask you. Then we do some other project - for several weeks we focused on a big map of the US. You really caught on and can identify a lot of states and a lot of things around the country that you would like to see. Other days we do math or science experiments. And we work consistently on phonics - you are very good with short vowel words! Often you "read" to Matthew - it turns out you have almost all of the "baby" books memorized!
Christmas was special this year because I tried to help you and Isaac really understand the "giving" spirit. You guys decorated and sold Christmas cards (pictures of Christmas trees, stockings, and snowmen with the words Merry Christmas)to neighbors and friends. Then you used the money to pick a set of chickens and some soccer balls to order from the World Vision gift catalog.
I definitely see a giving spirit in you overall, Abby. You are very quick to share with your brothers and friends and especially to help Matthew. You are also a great leader, often coming up with ideas to enact in games with Isaac. But you are diplomatic enough to know that he doesn't want to play "baby dolls", so you call it something else instead. You also are the perfect princess of a little girl for your daddy, often rushing upstairs in the morning so you can "have time with Daddy before he has to go to work." I am so grateful to have your sweet heart and sunny spirit around me all day