Addie turned 6 a couple days ago and she was very excited about it :-)!
I already posted these on my photography site, but here they are again. Her 6 year check up isn't until next week, so I'll have to add her stats in later, but I definitely have plenty of other things to say about Miss Adeline at this age.
This last year started out quite rough for us with issues at preschool that had me stressed and crying (and Addie stressed and crying) nearly everyday for awhile. Although we still struggle at times knowing just how to best help her, overall she is doing SO much better. I still wonder what exactly happened though. Was it all because we got rid of her cat Tom? because she was bored at preschool? a result of being surrounded by 8 crazy boys in her class? or just her unique personality? I'm sure it was a bad combination of all of those things.
The good news is that with the start of kindergarten, Addie really blossomed and has done awesome! Sure, there are frowny faces in her folder sometimes, but most days it is a happy face and she seems happy, which is what is most important of all.
She is participating in the two-way immersion program that Ella is in and has done great with it. English class was her favorite at the start of the year, but now she tells me she likes Spanish best. Art is her favorite "special" class (no surprise there!) and she loves making up games for her friends to play at recess. She is better at reading than she thinks and I'm trying to help her improve her confidence in it. Along with her reading, her writing has improved tons as well. I love to see the things she writes about!
Addie goes through spurts of what she wants for lunch...a ham and cheese sandwich, a bean burrito, a chicken and cheese sandwich on a ricecake, a roll-up (chicken, cheese, ranch and spinach rolled in a tortilla)...anything but peanut butter for some reason. She typically picks one of these for two weeks at a time before tiring of it and wanting something new :-). Her favorite dinner is creamy lemon chicken on rice and salad, she likes asparagus and broccoli but not celery or carrots. She doesn't like oranges but loves strawberries. And she is my hardest kid at breakfast. The only thing she wants is cereal...no toast, no eggs, no waffles, just cereal. She has started drinking her green smoothies without complaint though and that makes me happy.
Addie is not really into TV and movies but she'll sit and watch Phineas and Ferb or the Cat in the Hat and she does love the movie The Lorax lately. She definitely loves playing games on my phone and on the iPad...where's my water, flow free and mouse maze are her faves.
It was Addie's first year doing summer swim team and she could swim across the pool by the end! We tried soccer in the fall and she didn't love it...at all...but her attitude got better with every game. She just started a little art class and swimming lessons again. She likes to go to both those, but loves being home most of all!
Adeline is still our little creative kid. She writes books, creates homes for her animals out of paper, makes wallets and pretend money, creates her own board games and is constantly drawing or coloring something.
She still loves her cats and although she doesn't play with them as much anymore, she always has a few with her to go to bed (along with her trusted pink blankie). And cats are always featured in her artistic creations. We still read a few verses of scripture and a book before bed, say a prayer and sing I Am a Child of God...with a back scratch. The back scratch is VERY crucial to her having good dreams :-). She sleeps with a light on, a very bright light, but whatever works.
Addie and Preston have grown very close over the year and love playing together. They call each other BFFs and can fight just as well as they can play. Despite her extreme emotions she really is so caring and thoughtful and is always making things for Preston and Ella, and sometimes me and Mike too.
I love to hear her talking about things and starting to understand how her brain works as she gets older. She has such a unique little perspective and I can't wait to see where it takes her. We sure love our Addie girl and the spirit she brings into our family.