Monday, July 25, 2011

Seriously! Stop Growing…



It's that time of year again - my annual letter to my daughter on her birthday.
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Happy 6th birthday Miss Bean! Or as you call yourself, “Gillian with a G” followed with hands on your hips.





Just a few things you did this past year that I’m going to remember forever:

• After your first day of Kindergarten announcing to your mother and I that you were changing your name to “Jessica.”
• Your immense love and affection for your baby brother and being his tour guide through life.
• Your imaginary sisters Sauna and Nana have grown up and you don’t need to talk to them as often as you once did.
• How amazing you did at your ballet recital.
• Starting school in Kindergarten, moving up to 1st grade work by November, and entering 2nd grade in the Fall. Remarkable and a bit frightening for me.



Your favorite things at this moment:

• Your new American Girl doll, “Jessica.”
• Loving the same movies as Mommy, from “Meet Me In St. Louis” to “Xanadu.”
• Reading to your baby brother and some of your stuffed animals too.
• Playing games on the iPad together.
• Horseback riding, ice skating, and golf lessons (phew!)
• Drawing together and making crafts/gifts for friends.
• Sleepovers with your friends and staying up ‘really late’, like 9:00.
• Your favorite restaurant, Souplantation, still!
• Doing volunteer work for kids in other countries.
• Making everything into a game from walking, to riding in the car or airplane, or just simply sitting somewhere.


On the morning of your birthday I’m always going to remember the first thing you said to your mother and I while running into our room “I’m 6! Can I get a dog and a cell phone now?!”


I’m going to miss the fun we had together when you were 5, but I’m looking forward to what new memories await us all at 6. 



Love,
 Daddy

6 comments:

James (SeattleDad) said...

That's sweet. I know what you mean about wishing you could freeze them at these ages. It is so much fun now that I wish I had a 4yo permanantly.

Happy Birthday to Miss Bean.

Kelly said...

Awesome!
I thought for sure she would have added, "and a feather in my hair?!!" lol

for a different kind of girl said...

It's good to know that a girl's desire to go by Jessica has held strong through the ages. I think every girl wants this at some point in their life. Truth be told, I would STILL answer to it!

Happy birthday to your girl!

Mad Dadz said...

It gets better...and worse. Read about my kid's 8th birthday at www.maddadzblog.com. I'm a touch less sentimental than you, though

painted maypole said...

wow. what a big kid. and 2nd grade? eek.

my 8 year is pretty sure she's the only one of her friends who doesn't have a cell phone. (she's not)

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