I just read over my 3.5 year post about you, and it’s crazy to see how much you have grown up over the past six months. You started pre-k at the end of August, and it’s amazing all of the changes we have seen in you since then! Every single day you come home and tell us about a new skill you have, and it’s so dang cool. Lately you’ve been proudly showing off your addition skills (Mom! Dad! Did you know that 2 plus 2 is FOUR?!) and singing song after song after song. You also love typing out the entire alphabet on my computer at work, and you actually write full sentences now (with our spelling help from time to time), most recently “I love you Ms. Margi.” We are so proud of the kind, sweet girl you have become. Your very first award of your life was for “always being willing to help” and “taking [your] time with all of [your] work” – which made your Dad and I pretty darn proud!
The last 6 months also marked your first time on everything from rafting to BIG hikes to skiing, and you totally rocked it all! It has been such a trip to do such “adult” activities with you and realize that this is our future with you kids – to really get to live life together with you both. That is SO, so cool.
At this point in life, you still nap most days (you totally love your sleep!), but you’re also pretty flexible if we want to do something special with you instead. Last weekend I took you to “The Nutcracker” performance, and though it got a little long for you, you totally loved all of the pretty ballerinas. :) It’s so fun to realize how old you are getting, but that also means it’s tough sometimes to remember you’re still a little girl as well.
Speaking of interests, you still LOVE to take care of your baby dolls (not to mention help with baby June), and you’re very type-A about your blankets at night (FIRST the blue, then the pink, then the purple one, Mama). Painting & drawing happen daily, and you truly quite the artist! You have the memory of an elephant, and everyone in your life knows to be careful about what they say around you because you WILL remember it all. I pray this means you’ll remember at least a little of your Auntie Jaime, even as you continue to get older and more removed from her days with you.
You and your brother are recently in a bit of a tougher dynamic, but overall you really do love each other and play together so well. I’m so glad that you two will have each other to lean on through life. <3
Per our home measurements, you’re up to 44# and 42″ tall. You’re still as tall as most of the kindergartners, so it will be interesting to see if you continue to tower over the majority of your classmates! Your hair is slowly growing back from when you chopped it last spring, and you are stoked to be able to put it in a ponytail again – along with a gazillion barrettes and other paraphernalia. :) You LOVE to dress yourself every day and have quite the sense of style.
We love you so much, Stella. It is such a joy to spend time with you and see the little lady you are becoming.
Love, Mom, Dad, and Harvey