Some photos from my recent shoot with Anna. I love how they capture her softness, curiosity, playfulness, radiance, and youth.
And some notes about Anna at 5 . . . her little world
- she loves to eat hot cheese sandwiches.
- she loves to sing! In the car to Glee, at home with her made-up songs, and even in the store. A couple weeks ago we were in Jo-Ann's and she belted out, "Hoo, baby do you know what that's worth, Hoo heaven is a place on earth."
- she is a collector of things. From rocks to bits of paper to ribbons . . . a lot of what I consider trash is a treasure to her. We have to do a serious de-clutter of her bedroom a couple times a month because she collects so much stuff.
- she is good at giving compliments. "Oh mom, I like your dress." :)
- she loves to color and brings pictures (in an envelope) to her preschool teacher nearly everyday.
- she loves to play outside. Riding scooters, bikes, playing soccer or football with Scott and her brothers. She is an active little girl.
- she wants to be an artist. She has a spiral bound notebook which she calls her scrapbook. Each page is covered with drawings, collages of leftover pictures that she gathered from my scrapbook room, paint chips from Home Depot, whatever she can find.
- she loves to bake and gets offended if I bake something without her.
- she loves to be read to and share her made-up stories with me. She especially loves it when I tell her a story of my own.
- she is silly. That's an understatement. I need to record her funny quips and sayings more often, because before I know it she's moved on to something else. One of our favorites of the last few months: "I'm going to stir you in a pot!" Which evolved into "I'm going to toast you in a pot!" We love it when she pulls this one out. Especially with pretend stirring motions.
- another line: "are you staring at my eyeball?" And "there's a chicken on your head."
- she is great at establishing eye contact and stays very engaged in conversations. She can win a staring contest any day of the week.
- she is hyper-sensitive to smells (like her dad). Sometimes her stinky brothers are too much for her to bear.
- she likes to get pretty.
- she loves horsies and puppies. She is not shy around animals at all and asks to pet every dog that we see. And we regularly get the question, in a sad sad voice, "mom, when can I get a puppy?"
- she doesn't name her animals and dolls. They are known simply as Bunny, Pillow Pet, Puppy with the Big Head, Pink Puppy, etc.
- she weighs 43 lbs and is 45.25 inches tall (that's the 92nd percentile).
- she is a pretty amazing little girl. We love her.