Miss Adeline is our little go-it-alone girl. She is perfectly content to be on her own as long as she is doing what SHE wants to. This evening while I was making dinner and Ella was watching her long-awaited show of the afternoon, Addie asked to go outside. I could see her through our kitchen window wearing my flip flops and just hugging this tree looking around.
Later she found this rock, which she brought inside to proudly show me before heading back out for more adventures. Ella, although independent in the sense she wants to be able to do things by herself, is much happier when she has someone right there with her. In fact, she follows Addie around waiting for Addie to think of something fun to do. I'll admit it drives me a little bit crazy sometimes because I just don't understand her :-).
I'm already worried about what both of their personalities hold for us in the future when they are teenagers. Ella because she seems to be more of a "follower" so it is up to Mike and I to be sure she is confident and sure enough of her values to not follow others in the wrong direction. Addie because she is so strong-willed and independent that she reminds me of myself...SCARY :-)! Of course, both personalities have their positive points as well, but it can definitely feel overwhelming to think of the great responsibility that is upon our shoulders as parents as we try to guide them and teach them in a way that will help them become the best they can be.
A couple funny things Ella said today:
* Ella was thrilled to play with her friend Lauren today! Later on she told me they were eating lipstick in Lauren's room. When I told her that probably wasn't a good idea because it could make her sick (I told her I had actually eaten chapstick when I was little and it made me sick...true story!). She couldn't have cared less and told me, "But it was SO yummy!"
* We are reading a mini-chapter book at bedtime right now about a princess and her horse. The story had mentioned the queen a couple times and then tonight referred to her as the mom instead. Ella asked me who the mom was and I explained that she was the queen - that when your mom is a queen, then you are a princess. She looked a little confused and told me, "But you're not a queen and I'm still a princess...Princess Ella, like Cinderella."
I LOVE that she really thinks she is a princess...I want to be little again and believe too :-)!