Thursday, June 12, 2014

She's Double Digits

IMG_6334A few weeks ago we had some BIG celebrations!

The first celebration was Anna's 10th Birthday!!

10.. yes, really!!

I'm not exactly sure when or where 10 years have gone! I remember those first few moments of holding my first, tiny, little newborn wondering "how in the world do I take care of her and be the momma she needs?"

Those first few weeks (and months) of being a first time mother were overwhelming:/ And if I'm honest there are still plenty of days that I feel inadequate to be this girl's mother. And that's when I lean on the Lord's wisdom and ask seasoned God-fearing moms that have been put into my life :)

It's awesome to see Anna developing into a young lady. She is polite, very social, welcoming of new friends, insightful and hard-working. She can be found working on a craft project, riding around on her bike, reading a book, practicing piano, trying to train Jack or snuggling Mr Darcy (her rabbit).

 I see some of the "growing up" challenges already upon us. Sometimes they hit us square in the head (like "duh") and other times I can see the fruit of some of our conversations played out in how she thinks through different situations/issues. These challenges are different for a parent than the baby and toddler issues. Those are usually physically demanding on a Momma but the growing up issues are more demanding on a Momma's heart.

It's just a reminder that each stage of parenting has it's own challenges ... so enjoy the stage you're in:)

And there is a lot to enjoy at this stage! Anna is soo very independent and pretty reliable. Obviously she's not perfect, but she is the one I can usually trust to get the important tasks done. She can and will jump into the kitchen to cook a simple meal or help me by completing a few preparation tasks. Anna, Lydia or sometimes even Chris can be found in the kitchen before dinner preparing a tasty dessert (a great way they serve our family).

It's really cool to see all that she is accomplishing in her schoolwork. As I look through her math work, I am blown away at what she is already working on! As a Math person I love it! This year we worked through some demanding writing assignments, as I look through the completed assignments it really is cool to see how far she has come. And what she remembers from different units, books, conversations and even just the news amazes me... she keeps me straight sometimes.

Anna is also my craft-er! Oh, how I wish I was a little more into crafts or had an eye for details that coordinate like she does. Anna is often the person I go to when I'm trying a new outfit:) #1 because she has pretty good taste and eye for style. #2 because she is very honest with me!! LOL!! I have heard more than once " You're not going to wear that, are you?"

Although now I have to ask whether she's telling me that my outfit doesn't coordinate or if she is wanting to wear one or more of the items I had planned to wear:) It's fun to have her in my closet trying on my shoes or asking to wear a pair.... and I know this stage isn't going to last!! She's going to be taller than me soon and probably not in the same size!
Grandaddy and Grandma brought some Crocs for Anna. They fit both of us!

Everyone says that she's almost as tall as me! It will be soon that she'll be taller!

She started planning her party with invitations that she saw. From the design and colors on the invitations she was determined to have a "tie dye" party, to tie-dye T-shirts with some friends, eat lunch and then swim.

 For over a month we talked over details, dates, supplies... all.the.time!! But that is MY first born.... LOL!!

And finally the day came!




It worked out perfectly and thankfully the weather held out for us (although it WAS chilly) to accomplish all she wanted:)

Her favorites:

Color : Purple and Aqua
Food: Pork BBQ Sandwiches
Treat:  Chocolate Break-Up, Chocolate chip cookies, Snickerdoodles
Subject: Writing
Animal: Zebra, Bengal Tigers
Do inside: Crafts, TV and Kindle
Outside Activity: Ride Her Bike, Play with Mr. Darcy( her rabbit)
Toys: Kindle, Wonder Loom
Restaurant: O' Charleys, Zaxbys
Book: Angel on the Square
Movie: Star Wars
TV Show: 19 Kids and Counting
Interests: Animals
Goals for her 10th year: Riding a Horse and take lessons

When you ask her what she wants to be when she "grows up" she'll respond " a veterinarian"!



Grammie said...

I love the Crocs !! So glad your party went well! That was such a great idea to have the girls do tye dye and they get to participate in Anna's craftiness! The shirts turned out great! Anna is truly getting to be a young lady, where did those 10 yrs go? Love you guys!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday dear Anna! May your next ten years will be as great for you as the last ten ones and you will enjoy each year of it!

Jenny said...

Happy Belated Birthday to Anna! She is getting so tall, look at those long legs! How cute that you can wear the same size shoes.