Fiona 72 Months

August 14, 2015

I feel like I blinked and a year went by. This year has been unbelievably busy, so busy (for me), that I didn’t have time to write your 66 month letter, so this one will be extra long.

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5 was such a big year for you; kindergarten, traveling (a new state!), learning, growing, loss, a new pet, new interests, new friends, etc. Truth be told it was also a hard year for you. You had a lot of big emotions and had a hard time dealing with them. Year 5 we saw some epic tantrums. You also had a really hard time adjusting to school. We thought you would love it, but the school had a hard time challenging you and keeping you interested. It was hard for you, you were miserable and bored.

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Eventually school got more challenging and you eventually started to love going so that you could see your friends (but keeping you challenged in the classroom was a year long problem. One we are hoping to fix with changing schools this year). We also discovered you have some anxiety issues when things change or when new things happen. I think it has gotten a lot easier now that mommy and daddy are figuring out how to deal with your emotions.

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Don’t think that you spent your entire 5th year miserable, you didn’t. You are still an awesome little kid. You are a happy, goofy, fun loving kid.

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You discovered some new interests, and started cooking classes and recently voice lessons (I will get back to voice lessons in a moment). You don’t love cooking as much as your brother, but you did like going to class and would even occasionally try the food you made.

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You still love to dress up and have you own very unique sense of style. You hate pants, absolutely hate them. You are willing to wear leggings… under a skirt only. You only like dresses and skirts, the fancier the better (you like fancy things so much, you were fancy Nancy for Halloween). You still wear crazy headbands, and your teachers all quickly learned that about you.  Although as I look through the photos that I’ve added you are mostly wearing tiaras, you really like tiaras, but you wore plenty of other ones!

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One of the hardest things you did this year was say goodbye to Pico. He was always there, we got him before you were born, so you grew up with a Pico always there. At the end of last year he got sick, we aren’t sure exactly what happened (we suspect after recent events – Both Tibi and Dax being bitten by a rattle snake – that perhaps Pico was bitten as well). One day he was fine, and then the next he started having problems and he deteriorated quickly. He only lived about a month after he started having problems. You seemed to take it okay at first, but there moments when you would just start crying that you missed him. Death is never an easy lesson, and at 5 its hard to understand.

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We have since gotten another dog. And you have had all kinds of adventures with having a puppy. This time instead of you growing up (as a baby) with a dog, the dog grew up with you. He was only 3 months old when we got him and he has wreaked all kinds of puppy havoc. Like eating your shoes, so.many.pairs.of.your.shoes! Seriously, I think I bought you a new pair of shoes every week for a month. And by the way, shoe shopping with you is exhausting! You have very strong opinions on shoes. Even though he eats your shoes, you love him and snuggle him every chance you get.

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But the queen of dog snuggles is still Tibi. Tibi adores you, and you adore her. You too are often curled up together on the couch, either you using her as a pillow or her using you as one.

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We discovered one cold winter day that you and Tibi even wear the same size, at least shirt wise. Which of course led to you putting clothes on her. I don’t think Tibi minded one bit.

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You and Tibi have a special bond. Tibi and I have talked and I explained to her that she needs to stick around a long time, who else would take care of you when you are sick? You help feed the dogs, and you help walk the dogs. You are such a big helper with them. They know it,and love you for it.

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You love going to the theater, especially going to see musicals. We saw soooo many musicals this year; Frog and Toad, 3 little pigs, Beauty and the Beast, and Annie. Seeing Annie actually got you interested in taking voice lessons. Over the summer we signed you up for classes and it took about a month for you to get used to your teacher, once you did you really opened up in class and are having a lot of fun. Im pretty sure the teacher wondered why I was making you take voice lessons because you seemed miserable. And then 1 day a switch flipped and you ran into class and started singing, your teacher was so happy when you finally started participating. Now you teach her new songs each week; songs from Annie, Wizard of Oz, pop music, and ones that you make up (those are your teachers favorite).

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Not only do you like to sing, buy you like to make music as well. Those songs you make up? They need musical accompaniment. I have found you strumming the pink guitar that your daddy got you while singing some made up song. Its adorable. One time you had me write down the lyrics while you sang, so that you could fine tune them. I felt like I was getting a glimpse into the future. A brief glimpse of who you might be someday.

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You love to read, preferably on your terms. But your an avid reader, and read way above grade level. Most of the things you do at school are above grade level, hence the difficulty in keeping you challenged. When we worked on stuff at home you loved it, and your face lights up when you discover something new.

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You are a very active kid, and a fabulous runner. Your intimidated by team sports, but running with mommy isn’t a team activity. Its you, me, and some music. And in the case of the Diva 5k; you, me, music, and a whole lot of pink!

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It was the largest race you have ever participated in (largest people wise, not distance). There were thousands of people, and for the first time, quite a lot of girls. There were alot of mothers and daughters running together. You held my hand and we ran/walked and sang for 3.5 miles. You crossed that finish line with a tutu, tiara, boa and a smile on your face. You have been asking since the race if we can do it again.

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You also discovered jump roping. The jump rope for heart event came to your school and you practiced your little heart out. You got really good at it too. Its another solo activity so you did great at it.

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Another activity you love is swimming. You were able to ditch your floaties last year and learned how to swim. This year your confidence has grown so much in the water. I am still obviously at the pool with you but I’m often not near you and sometimes I don’t even get in. I make sure I can see you but otherwise you are off doing your own thing. Mommy was a swimmer growing up, so I love watching you. You love pretending your a mermaid and flip around in the water.


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You became a little more adventurous this year. Nothing crazy, your not going to go riding that motorcycle your self or anything. But you willing to sit on it, and let someone push you.

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Or preferably let someone else do the driving entirely. Your cautiously adventurous.

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For example you love to ride on your dad’s motorcycle, as long as he doesn’t go above 35 mph or go more then a couple of miles. You like excitement in very small, safe doses. At least I will never have to worry about trying to jump off of buildings to test some contraption you built… I might have to worry about you convincing your brother to do the testing…


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You, of course, would run a ll of the numbers to make sure it was safe. Because you are an amazing big sister. You hold your brothers hand, you help him with his work books, you play with him, you hug him when he is sad. Don’t get me wrong you also fight, bicker and slam doors in each others faces. But for the most part you are an amazing sister. You cheer your brother on (especially when it is something your too cautious to do), but you will celebrate his braveness and cheer for him.

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As you guys get older it is so much easier to do things together. Neither you or your brother are babies any more. You help more around the house, you whine less when we do stuff (note, I said whine LESS, you still whine. Your hungry, your tired, the world is going to end. But I figure I’m going to have to deal with that for at least the next 10 years), as a result we do more stuff.

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This was easily the busiest summer ever for you. We did soooo much; kayaking, swimming, schlitterbahn, go to musicals, hike, have picnics, go on a safari and feed zebras, go to two other states, etc. And this was all before your birthday half way through summer! It is nice to be able to get out and do things with you (you may not always like it the first time, especially since you get so anxious when ever we do something new).

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You graduated kindergarten. Amazingly enough you were in class with your two best friends. I say amazingly, because there were 8 kindergarten classes at the school you went to, but somehow ended up with your two best friends. Kindergarten was made easier with your bestie there. You are fiercely loyal to your friends. I can see recreating this photo in about 12 years.

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When asked what you want to be when you grow up you often change your mind; doctor, teacher, or princess. Which is why you always wear your tiara. You are always ready to become a princess. Your daddy and I have explained that yes there are princesses in real life, but they have to be really smart, because they help manage and direct countries. If you whine about homework we tell you that princesses have to study hard. Occasionally that actually works to get you to do your homework…occasionally. 
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You are much more of a goofball then your brother. You play pretend and drag him along for the ride. He is starting to have his own opinions on what happens but for the most part he will play along.

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I adore you kid, you may drive me nuts, but I love you. Your growing up into an awesome little person. The next year will be an adventure, new school, new friends, new accomplishments. I look forward to experiencing them with you and helping you to stretch your wings a little more.

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