I wanted to do a blog post about this girl's personality . . . because she is full of it. I thought that giving a little photo tour of her bedroom, at least to begin with, would open a window into what she is all about.
First off, at age 6 she is 48 inches tall and weighs 49 pounds. Yes, she's a tall one.
She is constantly decorating and rearranging things in her room. I love the vase of flowers.
When we take the time to set out her school clothes the night before she always takes meticulous care to arrange them on the floor, looking just like a person. I love the socks in the shoes. And of course an outfit is not complete without a headband!
She loves to draw and draw and draw. We have stacks and stacks of notebooks filled with her creations. In some of these notebooks she has created scrapbooks with photos she scrounged from my stash (or trash), magazine cut-outs, cards she received in the mail, notes from friends, and miscellaneous ephemera from around the house. They are so so cute.
Again, she loves to draw and tapes some of her pictures to her bedroom wall. This one is so cute . . . a surfing princess!
More items that she found and decided to embellish. She'll tell you that she is an artist.
The top of her bookshelf is an ever changing display of things she loves, collects, and uses. At any given time there are no fewer than 20 items here. Her pack rat-nature can be a little frustrating at times, but I do enjoy peeking in and watching her meticulously and thoughtfully arranging the things in her room.
A while back ago one of her baby-sitters taught her a simple tune on the piano. Since then, she tinkers on the keys daily. She creates "songs" and asks me, "wasn't it so beautiful?" On this particular day Payton was trying to teach her how to play Old MacDonald and she was a very attentive student.
One of her quiet scrapbooking sessions. She got her own scrapbooking kit for Christmas last year.
One day I picked her up from school and from the back of the van she said, "Mom, you better not cry about this. . . . I got student of the week!" as she whipped out her certificate from her backpack. Later, she gave the same line to Scott. I think she knew that we would be pretty proud of her.
I've heard through the grapevine that she kissed her friend, Jaren, on the cheek at school. When asked why she replied, "because I'm going to marry him." This girl is a little bit obsessed with the boys and marriage. All spring and summer long she would hound Scott with statements like, "I want to marry you" and when we told her no, we're already married she'd keep going with "but why can't I marry you? you're so cute, etc. etc. etc." over and over and over again. At our family beach retreat in May she was infatuated with Uncle Denver and wanted to marry him.
Missing her 2 bottom teeth.
We have a fun little ritual from the movie Tangled: Me, "I love you." Anna, "I love you more." Me, "I love you the most."
At school she is known as Anna B. Because there is another Anna in the class. She says that she doesn't like being called Anna B. But I think she secretly likes the extra attention.
Whenever Scott is gone she sleeps in my bed. She loves this special privilege. But after she kicked me in the face 3 times one night, she was banned from my room for a while.
She talks in her sleep quite often and most of this year she had frequent night terrors (3-4 times a month or more). But it's been a month or two since we've had to deal with one of those, so I hope they are fading away.
She's been learning some vocabulary words at school like: glimmer, comfort, fleet, and expression. One night she got out of bed and said to me, "Can I have a quick bed-night drink? I'll be fleet!"
I recently read that October 5th is the most common birthdate and September is the busiest month in hospitals. That was so funny to read because October 5th was Anna's due date! She arrived all on her own a few days earlier. I think September birthdays are pretty special. ;)
There is so much more I could share about this girl. She has a great personality and enriches our home on so many levels. We just adore her and couldn't ask for a more wonderful daughter. I love you the most.