Today my sweet Ellie Belly you are SEVEN! It's so hard to believe and yet at the same time it feels like you have always been a part of our lives.
You are a ray of sunshine for our family. You are almost always so content and even keeled. You just go along with the flow and do your thing. You are a perfect addition to our family. I was telling someone the other day that you and Emmie's personalities complement each other so well. Through those first few REALLY hard months where you weren't sleeping and were so cranky, I was super nervous about what the next few year would look like. I had no idea what balance you would bring to our family. (And once we got your tummy feeling better you became so much happier!) You have a personality that is so uniquely yours and the more time passes the more I see how perfectly you fit in your place as the second child.
You love life. You are my bravest child. If we are doing something new and someone has to go first you are always willing to step up. Whether it's something fun like a ride at Disney or something not so fun like flu shots. Sweet Ellie, keep being brave and you will do great things! (Also, as you go through the teenage years please remember there is a difference between brave and stupid!)
This year I have loved watching you learn. Your reading has absolutely exploded. You even read the first 3 Harry Potter books all by yourself (and loved them!). I love to talk to you. You say the FUNNIEST things. You have a wonderful vocabulary and I just never know what new word is going to pop into the conversation. You don't always say a lot but you take in everything that is going on around you. You love to learn new and interesting facts about the world around you and then you love to share that information with us. I hope you always keep learning new things!
Ellie I love how excited you get about anything that you deem "special". Things like going to the zoo, birthdays, going to get ice cream. You love the little things in life and the time spent with family and friends. Your joy for life has always been one of my absolute favorite things about you.
This year I have loved seeing the friendships you made in kindergarten transfer over to first grade. You have a sweet little group of friends that you always play with. For years I felt like your only friends were Emmie's friends and so I have really loved seeing you go out on your own and make your own friends and then carry those friendships into the next school year.
This year for your after school activity you decided to do dance. You liked it at first and then you were kind of over it. But you stuck with it. You got more into dance when you found out your recital piece was from Mary Poppins. You really loved that and you loved being on stage! You did Dance Theatre and absolutely loved every minute of that. We also discovered that you are clearly meant to be on a stage...perhaps just not as a dancer. You're going to do theater camp this summer so perhaps that will be your "thing". You also have said that maybe swimming is your "thing". Whatever you decide to do this coming year I hope you love it!
We had such a great year together this year Ellie. Your rocked first grade, we went to Disney World, you danced in Red Riding Hood with Dance Theatre, and everyday you were a little more "big girl" and a little less "little girl". I looked at your beginning of school and end of school pictures and couldn't believe how much you had grown and changed.
You are SO ready for whatever this next year has in store for you (we're starting life off with and I'm so glad I get to walk with you every step of the way on this fun, exciting journey through life!