My little girl is 5!
Anna is growing up right before our eyes. At 5 years and one month, she has lost both her bottom teeth. Is quite tall and is loving gymnastics. We just had an end of year program and she was excited to perform for her family, and the crowd. She also isn’t shy during primary speaking assignments and is loving memorizing the articles of faith.
She is reading everything she can get her hands on. She does most of the scripture reading for us and right now is enjoying the Happy Hollisters series. But she happily peruses picture books I bring home for Isaac and the non-fiction I find about history or nature. We love trips to the library. We aren’t pushing schoolwork too hard but she enjoys spelling and math challenges so we’ll do problems or have family spelling bee time in the car.
Anna is becoming the most handy helper. Just yesterday she got her brother dressed by themselves. She can take care of her laundry and is good to help me fold the towels. But the kitchen is where she is dying to be and a place she craves more independence. She’ll make her own peanut butter and jelly, get ice cubes from the tray for her waters, and peel carrots for a snack. She’s my main egg cracker, which is a big job with MeMe’s chickens next door always loading us up with breakfast foods. And she’s made banana chocolate chip muffins from scratch. We love to be in the kitchen and I’m glad to have a buddy.
Anna also likes her alone time. Having a little brother can be a trial. He wants to do whatever she is doing, have whatever toy she is playing with etc. But the older he gets the better their relationship. They take turns on fun things, like spraying each other with the hose. And playing ball or guitar. It is a joy to see them play together happily. I try very hard to not leave him out, if Anna is painting, so is Isaac. It can be difficult but we are figuring it out.
She’s a very happy girl, sharing with Isaac, serving her family, and looking forward joyfully to the arrival of Baby Sister. She’ll pick me flowers and put them in water. She’ll push her brother on the swing. She loves to explore our yard and home. And she loves visiting her grandparents next door. They have an endless garden and a neat fort and chickens to take care of. Anna was a diligent pea picker and sheller.
She loves the play dates we’ve had with friends from church and I’m grateful for instant friends whenever we move. We have been so fortunate in that vein. Just the other day, one family took her on a field trip to our art museum.
Anna loves to do science experiments, mixing all sorts of concoctions from my kitchen into mad creations. I know that was one of my favorite games as a kid, too. Anything creative is up her ally. She loves model magic and paper cutting and note writing.