Saturday, July 28, 2012

Abby - 5 Years Old

Abby Faith - you are five years old, and you are awfully excited about it. Although I'm encouraging you not to rush growing up, you keep coming up to me with so much excitement about how much bigger you are getting. You stand real tall and make me notice how much older you look. You do look older, and you are acting older, but the truth is you weight 39.6 pounds, and you have stayed that way for the last 6 months, despite you willing the scale to say 40 pounds so you are legal for a booster. You have an amazing, contagious smile. You bring joy and excitement to life. I often call you a cruise director because you always have a plan and a thought about what should happen for the day. You have been into announcing that you have an activity planned for all of us. I am actually pretty sure that I am raising myself. You are fun and joyful but also wear your emotions on your sleeve. You really do feel every emotion to the fullest. I can relate, my dear. Luckily, joy is probably your strongest emotion, but we all know if you are angry or sad because those feelings are easily expressed. You love to be goofy and we are trying to teach you when your goofiness becomes a little over the top for the group. You are super smart. You have an amazing sense of direction too - knowing where we are or where to turn to get someplace. You pick up on things quickly and don't have to be taught twice when it comes to learning in an educational sense.  You are reading. It came very easily to you. Yes, we have been learning letters and sounds since an early age, but recently it just clicked. You can now pick up a book (probably 1st grade level) and read with no problem. The other day you read a sentence that included words like "together," "lived," "drive," and "drinking," and you could really just read these. You are beyond ready for kindergarten. Next year should be interesting in that regard. You are absolutely excited for kindergarten. You are super social and never fearful, only excited, about new opportunities. I think you also like the idea that because you are in kindergarten you are now older. When you turned five you came down the day of your birthday with a dress in hand. You said, "It says 4T, do you think it will still fit?" You absolutely love to dress up and are changing outfits constantly. You wear snow clothes in the middle of summer and bathing suits in the middle of winter. Your crazy outfits never cease to amaze me. You love accessories and seem to sport goggles, sun glasses, hats, or anything random you can find at any moment. I do have a feeling the stage may be in your future. You are a leader and people are drawn to you. I'm hoping to train you up to be a loving and kind leader that people can respect and look up to. Sometimes I see your influence moving to a sneaky side. You can also get sassy, so we are really working on that with you. We are also working on picking up after ourselves. You and Kenzie can destroy your room in 5 minutes. I'm thinking that you are not overall type A. That said, You do like to be able to do things right and well at the first try. You can become frustrated if something doesn't come naturally. You have recently learned to snap and whistle. You will display your new skills with a smile, and one hand on your hip. Sometimes you can't make the whistle work because you can't stop laughing and smiling. You are trying to learn to tie your shoes as well. You are loving to your brother and sister and are really working on become a servant leader to them. Every once in a while you and your sister will be at each other, but for the most part you are best friends. You can get a motherly way about you with them. You also are a natural cheerleader, with a gift in encouraging. You have dropped your nap, and we're working on having control during quiet time. Although you were making strides in swim lessons, you have shown some resistance to working with me in the lake on swimming stuff. You are also hesitant when it comes to water activities behind the boat. That said, you have always shown no fear with rides and do seem to have an adventurous spirit. Abby, you bring excitement into our lives. Thank you for your contagious spirit. We know God has great plans for your life, and it's going to be a fun ride with you.

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