Saturday, September 25, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
We ate at Texas Roadhouse for her birthday.
She got a ride on the bull.
She's wearing her special rainbow birthday outfit.
Try as I might, I could not convince Sophie to pick two friends and go somewhere for a birthday celebration in lieu of a birthday party. I offered up painting pottery or Build a Bear... The problem was, how could she pick just two friends? She loves all of her friends, and wanted to include everyone. I've been stronger in years past, but this year I let her invite her whole list, all fourteen of them, figuring that some wouldn't be able to come. Lucky for her, and sweet too, they all came. They are all good girls, and the party went without a hitch. I only wish I had said no presents. Her friends were so sweet and so generous, but the party was just to have fun and say Happy Birthday Soph... not to ask for gifts. I should have made the party longer, two hours wasn't enough time for all of the crafts, games, hair and nails, and food that we wanted to enjoy!
the traditional barbie cake
ODE TO SWEET SOPHIA
Sophie ... and it is Sophie now... I usually forget when I'm writing, but she has officially declared her preference for Sophie... not Sophia... not that she dislikes Sophia... she just prefers Sophie...
Sophie is one of the most thoughtful friends I know. This summer her cousin Savannah spilled water on her nightgown. Savannah was so upset, and wouldn't change into other jammies, Sophie let Savannah wear her only nightgown, the one she was wearing in order to help her cousin cheer up.
Sophie is good friends with a girl named Izzy. At lunch, Sophie got the last ketchup packet, but because Izzy didn't have any ketchup, Sophie squirted most her her ketchup on Izzy's tray. When Sophie couldn't get any more out of the packet for her own tray, she just said, "That's okay, I don't need ketchup."
Sophie loves, loves, loves, art. She puts great detail into her drawings and pictures. One of her birthday presents was a huge art kit with lots of colors and art tools. Her art makes me happy, it's cheerful, with lots of rainbows and beautiful colors and smiles.
Sophie is a beautiful musician. She is a delight at her lessons. She laughs and giggles, and is always willing to learn new things from her teacher. She has a super long attention span and is able to repeat more and learn more.
Sophie loves her family ... she loves her mom and dad and she loves her brothers. She is always happy to be buddies with Porter, and plays often with Preston.
Sophie loves having friends over to play. She loves to play tea parties, she loves her build-a-bears, she loves to pack up all of her favorite things to take to Madison's house for play dates or to soccer games for entertainment while her brother plays.
Sophie loves chit chat time with mom and dad at night.
Sophie loves to laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh.
Sophie knows what she wants. She saw rainbow skechers on line, and would not rest until they were hers. She told me she didn't want any other shoes for school, just those $50 skechers. At first, I thought no way, but she was adamant. I couldn't find them at a store, but finally thought of looking at JCPenny, where they were on sale! She got them for her birthday, and now (it's Nov, as I type this) she has worn them every single day. Worth every penny, and showing me to trust that Sophie does, indeed know what she wants!
Sophie says beautiful prayers.
We love our Sophie!
My sweet Sophie is starting Kindergarten! Sniff -- Sniff! She couldn't be happier... I couldn't be more torn. Happy for her, but sad that she's growing up. She is so ready, and we are so glad that she's starting this year as opposed to last year. The outfit she's wearing is, as she has named it, her horsey outfit. She saw it, and just had to have it for the first day of school. I love the scarf!