Luke, Patty, Anna Kate, Caroline, and Eleanor

Luke, Patty, Anna Kate, Caroline, and Eleanor

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Anna Kate is 4 1/2!

A couple of weeks ago, Anna Kate was officially four and a half, and she made sure to let everyone know! In honor of this (half) milestone, I wanted to write a few things about our big girl.

- Anna Kate loves life. She bounds out of bed precisely at seven each morning (the time we've told her she can wake up) and is ready to start her day! She always has Bible and prayer time first and then she is off to start playing.
- Some of her favorite things to play are board games (Sorry, Cootie, Chutes and Ladders) and pretend anything (doctor, school, sports teams).
- She is becoming quite the artist. She worked really hard on a picture the other day that she entitled "Horse Drinking Water." She submitted it online to a monthly children's magazine that she receives. She's pretty convinced it's going to get chosen!

- She had her first big injury this summer - a broken arm. We went to a splash pad about 45 minutes away that also has a playground. Turns out it's not a good idea to climb a rock wall soaking wet. She landed on her right arm and sustained a buckle fracture in two places. She had this big cast on for two weeks.

Then she had a smaller cast for three more weeks. She was so great about not complaining. She even learned how to eat and write and color with her left hand. 

She really enjoyed getting LOTS of signatures from everyone at church!

- She loves to read. This summer she started reading chapter books on her own. We always talk about each chapter to make sure she is comprehending what she's reading, and she's doing great. So far she's read Stuart Little, two or three of the Betsy books by Carolyn Haywood, and she's almost finished with the Trumpet of the Swan. 
- Anna Kate is quite the musician. Violin had to take a back burner over the summer while she had her broken arm, but she loves to sing and dance and make music with just about anything.
- She is a great big sister. She plays really well with Caroline, including her in all of her pretending, and she loves holding and loving on Eleanor.
- Anna Kate loves school. She goes to preschool with me on Mondays when I teach Spanish, and has a blast, and the rest of the week we do school at home. She loves anything and everything school-related. I am looking for some ways I can encourage that a little more this year.

Well, there's always more I could say, but there's a little slice of life with our sweet girl these days!

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