Sometimes I just can’t believe how big and grown up you are. I know you love to hear the story of when you were born. Do you remember it? How it was in the middle of the night, during a rare snowfall, just minutes after midnight so that you could share your birthday with my Grandma Lizzy? Well, that night feels like it just happened. I know it didn’t, because now you are five and a half, almost six! You are beautiful, thoughtful, and so creative. You know how to do so many big girl things. Things like take care of your baby sister, read books, write stories, make your lunch, edit pictures on Instagram.
You are also a wonderful artist and dancer. I love the drawings you make me and I always smile when I get to watch you in dance class. I know you like jazz the best, but you are beautiful in ballet and your focus and rhythm in tap are impressive. You work hard at everything you do and when you want to learn something new, you never give up. Remember at your cousins’ house this summer when you wanted to jump off the diving board? You cried your eyes out after the first time and then you did it again and cried again! I thought maybe you would give up, but you jumped again and again and again. You weren’t afraid anymore and you loved it! I hope you always are so brave and determined to try new things.
This is the fall that most kids your age are starting kindergarten. I know we’ve talked about how you get to homeschool instead of go to the school down the street. Daddy and I have been talking about homeschooling you almost since you were born. As you grew up and we got to know you more, we’ve talked and thought about it even more. We can’t imagine doing anything else right now and we feel so lucky to have this choice. All parents try to choose what’s best for their kids. Some send their kids to school where they can wear whatever they want and some kids go to schools where they have to wear a uniform. Some kids go to school close to home and some go a little bit further away from home. And some homeschool, like we do.
This year you can tell people you are in kindergarten, because a lot of people will ask. Or you can say you homeschool or that you don’t go to school. You can say whatever you want. If you don’t want to tell them anything, that’s okay too. If I’m with you I’ll tell them something.
This year I hope we have a lot of fun. I hope you learn to “read and write better and do more big girl things” just like you told me you wanted to do when we talked about our goals for the year. I hope we both are brave and determined, just like you were on the diving board.
This year feels like a big one for you and me. I’m glad I get to share it with you. I just know it’s going to be great.
I love you,