Daphne. Man she has probably changed the most being the oldest in the throws of adolescence and all. She used to be this confident, spirited, lead the other kids kind of girl. And now she sits in the suburban every morning with angst all over her sweet face just trying so hard to open the door and walk through the crowd of her giggling peers to the school doors. She's learning a tapping method in counseling to help with her anxiety but she says she can't do it in school and I'm seriously considering home schooling the rest of the year.... (Ok honey- not really!) I mean she is too sweet to have to deal with such anxiety. At home she is always doing handstands, hiding in her room watching you tube videos of child sensations or Once Upon a Time. She will do any chore I ask of her - including taking care of her little brother a lot. They share a room in fact... I could go on and on but she is also an undiscovered beauty. Her skin, her hair, her choice of clothes---she makes me smile!
Maisie Jo- I've never been anything but honest here in my own little writing space. So here it is- if God gave me Daphne to highlight my strengths then he gave me Maisie to remind me of my weaknesses. And not because my sweet girl is weak - nope- because I am! She rises early ready to go and face each day with a lot of energy. She is smart and right at the top of her class in academics. Her battle of the books team recently made it to state and she read 16 books to help her team be so strong. She was awarded the lead in her school play of the Jungle Book and had a sweet little solo along with all of her lines! She continues in soccer and has added dance. It seems what she takes on she is beautiful at....and so much more confident than when she was little and wanted to hold onto my legs in new situations. I just know and wish I could be more structured for her because she thrives on a schedule and organization and systems. Those things I suck at---I've recently (finally) got her making her own lunch and laying out her outfit at night and that is helping a lot. Hopefully she will make me into a better person through it all. I know she has me beat in talent and motivation! Maisie if you ever read this particular post - know that you are the light of my eye and the one I pray for the most! You are such a bright shining star!
Ruby Roo- is 8 and should be 1 if I had my choice. Third borns deserve more and should be the babies but in this family this one has had to fend for herself a lot. We are grooming an athlete in Ruby. She loves soccer and basketball and I have to admit, I thought Maisie was gonna take after Mike in athletics most but Ruby is a scrappy girl. She wants to be a runner, a basketball star and can now be seen coaching her soccer teammates. I absolutely love dreaming about this girls strong physique and attitude! She rocks. Besides sports- she has become one of the best readers in her class and really loves to draw! She doesn't like to wake in the am so I think we are kindred spirits of dream world... If Ruby is your friend you are lucky- she knows how to love!! I hope I can give back to her any lost years of snuggles soon. She deserves them all!
Henry- how can I snapshot Henry at four?! He's busy. He's a complete mamas boy! He loves the outdoors and anything that moves. He still loves animals- especially dogs. He has a stutter and a few sounds that a speech therapist will be helping him with soon! He says funny things all the live long day.. And his best friends are Ollie, Kort, Harper, Luke and Grandpa Mike! He loves chili and bean burritos the most- hot dogs and anything juice second. And he'd rather be with me than probably anyone which makes me smile. I won't lie - he exhausts me because he's fast, Sly and doesn't like riding in the car which we do a lot! But he has my heart. I think he'll be my baby forever. Dear Henry- don't grow up! I love you soooooooo much.
Him and Mike and Grandma Pam recently did Disneyland- he loved it!!!!! What a life we are blessed with.