You are now a beautiful 9 year old. I am proud of how you handled being an 8 year old. It was a big year and you experienced a lot of changes. You were so brave, outgoing, strong and confident through it all. You learned how to use and rely on the Holy Ghost. You learned how to use the Atonement. You had friend drama and you dealt with it and then moved on. You worked hard in school. You are continuing to grow into a beautiful and energetic little lady. I am proud to be your Mommy and excited to see what being 9 years old brings.
At 9 years old:
*You want to be a Dolphin Trainer and a Polar Bear Trainer. Despite what we tell you about polar bears, you are convinced that they will be your friend and you will train them. You also want to be an author and write about your training adventures.
* You asked for a Barbie for the first time (ok, second…there was that time that you wanted the Christmas Barbie because of her beautiful dress) for your birthday. You now play with Barbies.
*You love your stuffed animals just as much as you always have. You still add to your collection. You got money for your birthday and the first thing you wanted was a new stuffed animal. You also got a Build-A-Bear for enduring your surgery recovery and you LOVE that thing.
*You just got your tonsils out and it was a miserable recovery. You were so brave and fought through it like a champion.
*Your favorite books are the Humphrey series books. They are stories about a hamster.
*Each night we tell each other our favorite part of the day. Each Sunday, your answer is taking the sacrament. You are really learning what it means to have that privilege each week.
*You have made some great friends and you want to play with them every single day. And you usually do. Your best friends are Kayla, Hope, Taylor and Mackenzie.
*You love to play card and board games with me. We usually start each day off or end each day by playing games. Skip-bo, Monopoly and Scrabble Jr. are your favorites right now. (and Apples to Apples, although we don’t own a copy and you can’t wait to go back to Grandma and Grandpa’s to play again and I haven’t bought a copy just for that reason.)
* You LOVE….I mean LOVE, LOVE, LOVE (like seriously LOVE) writing stories. I have piles and piles and piles and some more piles of books that you have written. I can’t bear to throw one away because I love them all, but we need to figure something out because they are taking over the house. You are so creative and your stories show that. Your 3rd grade class voted you the best story writer at the end of the year. I agree, you are the best story writer.
*You love riding your scooter.
*You love swimming and tennis.
*You love Taylor Swift and Miranda Cosgrove.
*You love family dance each night.
*You love playing your DS each night before bed.
*You are a sassy girl and talk back a little too much. We are constantly working on that. If you get overly tired or hungry, aliens invade your body and you are less than pleasant to be around. We try to avoid that.
*You are still very dependent on me (result of being an only child), but you are showing a lot more independence. I hear a lot of, “Mom, I can do it myself.” You are pulling away from me slightly, which is normal and healthy.
*You can not just take a no or yes answer. You have to understand the “why” behind the decision. I can’t use the, “No, because I am the Mom, that’s why” with you. You accept no just fine when you understand the why. Not many people get this about you, but I do. I can say no 10 times, but until I explain it, you will keep asking. As soon as you get an explanation, you don’t ask again. Same goes with yes, but there is less explaining to do, so it mainly applies to hearing “no.”
*You are very sweet and have a very kind heart. If someone is hurt, you are the first one there to make sure they are ok. You are happy for your friends when happy things happen to them. You are sweet and kind to other kids.
*You are very honest. I love this about you. You tell me everything, good or bad. You hand the cashier the 10 cents you find on the ground without even giving it a thought.
*You are a very fun girl. You laugh a lot. You have more energy than you know what to do with. You are funny. You are silly.
*You get lost in imaginary play each day. I have to be busy doing something else (or pretend at least) because you don’t like me to listen to your story line. But, I secretly do and your imagination is brilliant. Again, why you are such a good story writer.
*On some days you say you are lonely and want a sibling. Other days, you say you are happy to be the only child. Don’t give up hope on a sibling just yet.
*You love to be silly and crazy with your Daddy. He is a silly guy and he makes you laugh.
*You still won’t wear jeans. Or any pants with buttons and zippers.
*Your favorite thing to eat is: at home, mac & cheese and cheese pizza lunchables. Out to eat, Chick-fil-A or Olive Garden.
*You are very brave. You try new sports, you walk up to kids and introduce yourself, you do hard things like shots and IV’s and take yucky medicine.
*You can sell lemonade like no one else. You have no problems saying, “it is 50 cents, but if you have a dollar, we will take that too.” (maybe that is rude, is it? I just think it is being a good entrepreneur or saleswoman.)
*You love your guinea pig.
*You have an imaginary hamster named Swirl. You judge your friendships with other kids based on whether or not they believe in Swirl. She shows up a lot of places we go to. You believe with all your heart that she is real. Who am I to question that. Believing is powerful.
*You like routines. You do not like change. If we have a change of plans, it usually does not go over well. However, you are learning ways to cope and deal with it a little bit better now.
*You love going to movies.
*You love going to Chuck-E-Cheese.
*You love being with your cousins a lot.
*You love going to Activity Days.
*You love Jesus and Heavenly Father and want to make them happy and proud of you.
*You are a good friend. You are fiercely loyal to your friends. You are kind and can be trusted as a friend. You make your friends laugh. You really love your friends.
Novalie, sweet 9 year old, these are just some of the things you love and qualities you have. You are such a ray of sunshine in my life and I love being your Mommy. It is my favorite thing to be and do. Thank you for letting me be your Mommy. Thank you for being such a beautiful person inside and out.
Happy Birthday my Sunshine T-Rex!
Love always 100 infinities around the universe,