Baby Girl! How did you get to be six? It has gone so quickly (and so slowly at the same time, if you know what I mean…). The days are long, the years are short, they say, and it’s true.
Anja, at six, you:
- Are very artistic. You draw or color daily, usually for at least 30-60 minutes a day. I love that about you. The other day when you introduced yourself for oral presentations at CC, you said, “My mom thinks I should be an artist when I grow up.” While I’ve never said that, I do hope that your creativity is something you’ll carry with you throughout your life. Currently, your favorite subject matter is princesses, families, hearts, cityscapes, houses and furniture. And Ninja Turtles for your brother when you’re feeling generous.
- Are homeschooled! This decision was a long time in the making; we’ve been praying about it since you were 2 or 3. It’s already been a large time commitment for me, but being a part of your learning process and having the flexibility for our family is already paying off. I hope we can continue through this year learning together!
- Have become more whiny about food. That’s a bummer, because you ate most things without complaint for the rest of your life. You’ll still often eat it, but be fussing about it. You say your favorite foods are cookies (a girl after my own heart)
- Love photography. Your old digital camera stopped working, and Grandma bought you a new one for your birthday. You have a very unique perspective on things, partly from being a child and partly from aforementioned creative streak.
- Still enjoy reading and books a lot. You are an elaborate story-teller, but you will rarely let us in on that story-telling anymore unless it’s right at bedtime or you need someone to write down the words for a “book” you’ve made. Bummer. I miss those tales.
- Like the outdoors. Biking and playing at parks rank right up there with chocolate chip cookies in your book.
- Seem like you have a good memory and inordinately good hearing. I can whisper something to Daddy across the room, and you hear every word. Yet when I am calling your name loudly to do a chore, you seem to lose your hearing. Hmmm…
- Love to dance. You’re in ballet and tap this fall, and you entertain us with interpretive dance around home all the time.
- Are very friendly. You try to make friends with everyone. You assume the best about people, which is awesome. Sometimes I have to physically restrain you to keep you from running to the neighbors’ houses every time you see them outside. You’re SO excited to see them even if we just talked to them two hours ago. This is a far cry from your 3-yr-old self who wanted to leave the playground if any other children were present.
- Are still attached to your baby dolls that you’ve had since infancy. “Malia” has a rattle in her belly and is a cloth doll intended for infants, but she is far and away your favorite. She and Sherman and Coco are played with the most often.
- Speak in baby talk when you’re excited about things. Or sometimes just for fun. It’s probably 60% of the time. Oh. So. Annoying. Can this go away soon?
- Have two current favorite shows: Muppet Babies (Daddy introduced you and often watches with you) and Magic School Bus. We try to limit TV to 4 or 5 shows per week. Days when Mom’s working or gone bring the average up, though, I’m pretty sure.
- Have occasional tantrums. We had a doozy of one today over a simple math problem. I kind of miss your 2-yr-old tantrums, because at least then you weren’t strong enough to throw chairs. Thankfully these are, as I said, occasional. And you now feel remorse over them, which your 2-yr-old self never did.
- Love reading God’s Word. We have several children’s Bibles, and you will often page through the entire thing, examining each story. Our current one we’re using for morning Bible time is The Jesus Storybook Bible. It has mixed reviews among Christians for various reasons, but we love that it points to Jesus throughout the scriptures. Daddy reads a different Bible at night with you kids. I am so glad he does!
- Have retained some of your toddler nicknames and probably added a few others. I can be heard calling you Pie, Anja-pie, Peanut, Baby, and other more generic ones like Sweetheart.
- Have a natural compassion/empathy for others. You will often cry when your brother gets disciplined, even if you know he needs it or it’s because he did something to you. Another thing I love about you.
Some other favorites from an interview with you:
Color: pink and sparkly blue
Food: spaghetti and cookies
School subject: art
Music: Django Djangos
Sport to play: biking
Clothes to wear: church dresses
Animal: puppy and kitty
Kind of ice cream: chocolate