Saturday, August 02, 2008
Happy 5th Birthday Caitie!
Mommy has really struggled with writing this post because well, she couldn't figure out how to sum up all that has happened in your world this year. But, she thinks that she's finally gathered her thoughts.
It seems, that in a blink of an eye, you have grown from a little girl to a very grown up girl indeed. You may only be 5 years old but in a lot of ways, you seem to be 15! You have wisdom and sensitivity beyond your years--your knowledge and vocabulary always amaze your family and strangers alike. We constantly find ourselves wondering how in the world you know some of things that you do or where you heard such of an "adult" word. I guess, you are just so very interactive with your world and are one big sponge.
We love how strong willed and independent you are. While, at times, we butt heads, we hope that these are traits that you never lose or let fade into the background. We want you to always speak your mind and stand up for what you believe in. The world needs more girls like you! We love how you can make your own choices and solve some of your own problems.
This past year, we have watched you literally transform before our eyes. You have lost a lot of your "baby look" and have matured into a young lady. Thank goodness, you still have your cute cheeks and contagious smile. You are definitely showing your uniqueness in the outfits that you wear, the pictures that you draw and the stories that you make up and the things that you pretend to be.
This has been a year of learning for you too. You have learned how to write your entire first and last name; how to draw very realistic pictures; play Uno, Candy Land, Shutes & Ladders and other games--by the rules; do a cartwheel and plenty more that we are forgetting. You have memorized Bible versus; played on a soccer team; learned a dance; mastered I Spy on the computer; overcome your fear of sleeping in your bed and had overnights with Grandma & Grandpa.
Best of all, you are a joy! You really are a sweet girl; a very loving and understanding big sister and a great friend. We are proud of you and hope that you know that. As you get ready to start Kindergarten, we know that you are going to love it and make so many new friends. Mommy & Daddy cannot wait to hear all about your days and help you with projects and homework.
Carry on Caitlin! It's going to be so much fun!
Happy Birthday Sweetheart!
Mommy & Daddy