Sunday, August 02, 2009

A Glance Back & A Tribute to Caitlin

Caitlin, words can not begin to describe how much you mean to Daddy & I. When you were born, 6 years ago, a new chapter of our lives began. We began parents for the first time and we were so excited to welcome you, our firstborn, into the family! Over the years, we have elated in your milestones and watched you go from a cuddly baby to a very confident and smart little girl.

Last year, you started down the path of your educational future. You looked so confident and excited to start Kindergarten and came home beaming and with a wonderful report of your first day. You just totally blossomed, both academically and socially.

Since then, you have:
-discovered a love for reading,math and gym
-made several great friends
-participated in a dance class & recital
-impressed your teacher with your knowledge and maturity
-managed to learn a lot of sign language to aid in communicating with your sister
-played baseball
-mastered riding a two-wheeler sans training wheels
-gotten completely over your fear of the water (and even went down a big water slide)

-become a Junior National Park Ranger just like your uncles
-graduated from Kindergarten with pomp & circumstance
-lost your first 2 teeth on the same day
-grown like a weed
-actively participated in the election of President Obama
-and asserted your independence and opinions, as always!

You are such of a bright and energetic girl, never afraid to speak your mind (Daddy's right, you should be a lawyer as your defenses and debates are so convincing that sometimes, it's hard to punish you!) and always curious to discover new things. You've asked us questions that have led mommy & daddy to ponder and search for answers. We love your curiosity, your imagination and your sweetness. Such qualities make for a wonderful little girl.

Now, you are about to embark on another major milestone, attending school for a full day! While I will miss having you around the house, I know that you will just absorb all of the extra learning and fun that you will have at school. Daddy & I just know that your education is in good hands with your teacher this year, and are confident that you will be challenged. At Back-to-School night, you where joyous to meet up with your good friends Amaya & Isabella, ran to find your beloved Kindergarten teacher, Ms. Brock and were just excited to be among the familiarity of school. See, you are going to do just fine!

It's so hard, yet so wonderful, to believe that you've been in our lives for 6 years! You are truly a blessing and a joy! We hope you know how much we love you and how much we look forward to being a part of your ever-changing world for years to come.

We love you Princess!

Mommy & Dadd


Christy said...

What a sweet post! My son's birthday is this Saturday and he will be going to school all day in Sept so I can relate. This post brought a tear to my eye. I'm going to miss him all day.

In response to your question about my dog...she is currently sixty pounds but she is only nine months old so I expect her to get bigger. Her mother is eighty-five pounds.

Mary said...

Wonderful musings of your life with Caitie.
So, nice for her to know about your feelings for her.

Another yummy cake - did "mom" make it?

Laura said...

Thanks Christy! :o)

Mary-Yep, I made the cake! My first time making a two-layer cake. It went well, and Caitlin was happy.

Anonymous said...

Cos, I wish I had the talent you have to write something so special for your girls. I hope you are making a book of these so the girls have them for years to come. Keep it up, so many mom's run out of time for this sort of thing. I wish my mom had been better at my baby book but at least there is some info. :)

Judy said...

Aw, sweet post, Laura! Gave me goosebumps!

Anonymous said...

Lovely post!


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