Kindergarten has proved to be a continuous time of learning. I'm not sure what parents did before Google, but just this week I've had to look up the sleeping, eating, and reproductive habits of Jellyfish, Beavers, Cobras and the Moray Eel. While some of this might be a product of too much Animal Planet, she is just a revolving door of questions. She has really amazed me with her grasp of reading and math and her knowledge of Antarctica. Apparently they studied this continent and she's always talking about it. This year she lost her two front teeth that are slowly...very slowly, coming back in. I have to admit, however, that I will miss that snaggle-toothed grin when it's gone. Addison has grown long and lanky with barely a trace of baby chub left. Her dad is not too happy with this. He thinks we should work to fatten her up so the boys won't notice her. Oh, the teen years should be fun, fun, fun for him!
When she's not acting like a little prima donna (somehow she is 6 going on 16) with her little attitudes and mood swings, she is a loving child who is always paying people compliments. It's funny to watch them be taken by surprise when a 6 year-old looks up and tells them how beautiful they are. You can't deny that compliment now can you?! Out of the mouths of babes. I am thankful that Addison still begs for me to snuggle with her before bed. I know that all too soon, those years will be gone as well. So we snuggle, but mostly we talk. It's that one-on-one mommy time that is so rare and precious since the boys were introduced into her life 10 months ago. I can always count on her little inquisitive brain to stop mid-sentence and with a puzzling look on her face, ask me how or why something is. Like I said, thank you Google! My girl is growing up too fast already and as I looked at that Kindergarten cap and gown picture, I can see a glimpse of 12 years from now, her grown and in a cap and gown ready to venture into her own life. Not my favorite thought right now. As a parent, you wonder, am I doing this right? Am I handling this situation the right way? I know that I've probably made mistakes, responded to hastily, gotten too frustrated. But this girl, she is the one who made me a mom after so many years and I am so thankful that she is mine.
|Our first grocery cart ride|
|My mother's day gift from the boys|
|First experience with grass|
|Our first meal in a restaurant sitting in high chairs|