Please pay no attention to the date on this post. I know that your birthday was a week ago. I'm sorry to be posting this so late.
On Friday a bunch of your friends came home from school with you, and we had cake and ice cream and watched Frozen and played video games. You have such wonderful friends, and everyone was super good and we all had a wonderful time.Saturday we had your "family party," including both the family we were born with and the family we've chosen. Then Saturday night I had a party to go to, we had a reunion in Zionsville on Sunday, we went to Grammaland Monday (it's spring break), I worked Tuesday and Thursday, we had a bunch of errands to do on Wednesday... Which brings us to today and here I am, FINALLY getting around to your birthday post.
|Friend Party - slightly blurry|
Even though you spend so much of your time worrying about other peoples' feelings, you're not a doormat! When you play you are a real leader, often scripting the dialogue between dolls and telling the other kids what you want them to say. It makes me wonder if you're going to be a scriptwriter, or maybe the CEO of a huge corporation when you grow up. Because you balance being compassionate and caring with being assertive, people are always willing to go along with what you want to do.
You have gotten really into video games this year - you and Mary Grace play Wii Infinity almost every day. I will confess that I have no idea what it is that you do with the Infinity. To me it looks like the characters just run around an island, climbing things and jumping down. I must be getting old, too, because I just don't get the appeal.
We're so proud of you, Claire. You're such a fun, caring, loving person. I can't believe you're already 7 years old. Try not to grow up too fast, ok?
Here's the checklist I started when you were a baby:
Your favorite toy for playing is: Wii Infinity, Barbies
Your favorite toy for snuggling is: Biscuit went missing this year! :( You most love to snuggle with Jack
Your favorite food is: "Panda Chicken" (orange chicken from Panda Express), and crepes with Nutella
Your favorite book is: You've been reading The Hobbit with Daddy. You read a hundred books this school year!
Your favorite activity is: Wrestle Night
Your favorite place to go is: Chuck E. Cheese and Dave & Busters
Your best friend is: Jack, Mary Grace, Jocelyn, Emma, Caitrin, Juliet, and Cameron, and UNCLE CHUCK
Something new that you're doing: playing piano
Something you've mastered: fashion - you have a strong sense of your own personal style
Something people say about you: People are always telling us how kind you are to all the kids around you
Something that you're saying is: Last year I wrote, "you're SINGING. You are really good! You have a natural ear for music. I can't wait for you to start piano lessons next January. You're going to be amazing." I'm proud to report that you're still singing and you love playing piano, just like I knew you would!
Something Dad and I are proud of you for: your selflessness
Something surprising about you: you are very, very consistent. Some of the answers on this checklist have been the same for years and years! (I'm leaving this one, also, because it's still true!)
We love you, Claire Bear!