We celebrated a birthday this weekend, so it’s time for a birthday post!
Kaylia turned six, and this morning when I climbed up into her bunk bed, we had the following conversation:
Me: How do you like being six so far?
Kaylia: I like it, but I’m more stressed than when I was five.
Me: Really, why is that?
Kaylia: ‘Cause, like, I get more angry now.
Hopefully, she’ll be able to work out these new anger issues, but in the meantime, here’s a bit of what she’s loving right now:
Food: chocolate chip pancakes, Popcorn Twists, watermelon, carrots, fried potatoes, Honey Cloud Pancake
Clothes: fancy clothes
Books: Stolen Magic and anything else by Gail Carson Levine, Little House on the Prairie books, the Pixie Hollow series, and anything to do with Disney princesses
Toys: The new princess set that she got for her birthday, Lego
Favorite Things to Do: Rainbow Loom, playing with her friends Cadence and Lexy, helping in the garden, being read to, playing downstairs with Anika, swinging outside, coloring
We don’t usually ask our kids what kind of job they want to have when they grow up, but try to encourage whatever they come up with on their own. This year, Kaylia has talked a lot about becoming an art teacher. She loves anything to do with coloring, painting, cutting, and gluing. she gets her most creative, energetic ideas when I am most exhausted, or when I’m in the middle of making supper. This is usually how these things go around here:
Kaylia: Momma, can I have some cloth so I can sew a doll?
Me: I’m sorry, but I’m in the middle of making supper. I can’t help you sew a doll right now.
Kaylia: Can you get me some felt?
Me: I can’t do that right now.
Kaylia: Oh look, I found some felt! Can I have some scissors and a needle?
Me: Kaylia, I can’t help you with that right now. I’m making supper.
Kaylia: Momma, can I have a cotton ball?
Me: We don’t have any cotton balls.
Kaylia: I’ll just use a Kleenx instead. Where’s the glue?
Me: It’s in the cupboard, but I can’t get that for you right now.
Kaylia: I found it! Can you help me sew a dress for my doll?
Me: Not right now. Aren’t you hungry? I’m making supper.
Kaylia: This isn’t really working. Can you help me?
Me: No, I can’t. What did I say I’m doing right now?
Kaylia: Making supper. Maybe I’ll do a different craft instead. Remember that gluing craft my art teacher taught me? I’ll do that….
And in the end, she produced a very creative picture “painted” with so much glue on blue felt that it took 3 days to dry.
Kaylia always knows exactly what she wants. I’ve learned not to ever straight out ask her to do something – things always go better if she’s given a choice.
She is feisty, independent, determined, and creative. She will always find a way to get things done.
She is quick to apologize, to share, and to comfort.
She never wears the same outfit twice (unless she REALLY loves it, and then she wears it every day for a week), and the more stripes, polka dots, and plaids she can combine in one outfit, the happier she is.
She would gladly play with Anika every day for the rest of her life, and one or two more friends make her perfectly happy. She doesn’t want a crowd of people around her.
She loves to sing, dance, and make up actions for everything. For her birthday, a ukalaili was her heart’s desire.
She has taught me everything I don’t know about parenting. She has taught me to slow down, pay attention, and listen like I mean it.
I’m so thankful for this sweet girl!