My dear sweet Anna girl,
Last week you turned five.
People always say "it seems like just yesterday" but man it really does happen in the blink of an eye. It feels like you were just an infant. On your birthday I had lots of memories of your actual birth day - it was such a calm and peaceful experience. You were a wonderfully calm little baby girl and your Dad and Simon and I were so, so excited to welcome you into the world.
These days you're all about all sorts of things.
Just recently you've been asking me all kinds of questions about animals.
"Mama, have you ever seen an alligator?"
"Mama, have you ever seen a whale?"
You are a fish. You love swimming lessons and being in the pool and playing with the other kids in your class.
You love to color and draw.
You love playing with Barbies and other "people" toys that you can have act out all kinds of stories.
You can often be found singing - both songs you've made up and songs you've heard around here.
Last week you got to travel with Gramma Pati to Seattle to visit cousins and have some special one-on-one time with Grandma. She took you to the American Girl store north of Seattle so you could pick out your very own doll and celebrate your birthday in the restaurant there. You picked Isabelle (the girl of the year for 2014) and it sure looks like you guys are a great match. I love that you got to have this very special experience with your Grandma.
You are growing out your bangs. This means I'm constantly adding a clip to your hair that is usually taken out within a few minutes.
Dresses are still your favorite. You wear a uniform to school everyday and that's made things really simple around here. You almost always choose to wear the jumper.
You love broccoli and roasted brussel sprouts and noodles and rice with soy sauce. And chocolate milk from Costco.
You have a mighty enthusiasm for life.
I love you Anna and I'm so, so thankful you are my daughter.