In which I go on and on about the passage of time and my fear of the children's hospital
A story about a big sister and her little sister.
This one turns five today.
Winter faded into a wet spring which begat a blistering summer and here we are, on the brink of fall, and I have not updated this blog in...forever. As a quick catch-up, here's the Cole's notes version of how we spent our time this summer:
She's all elbows and knees these days, with long legs that surpass the hem of her jeans before her waist fills them out. Any evidence of babyhood roundness has vanished from Mia, who is now six. She often dresses up with cheetah ears and tail, and believes that eating chicken makes her "lean and fast", like a jungle cat. She loves to play pretend anything; her wild, vivid imagination leaves my head spinning as I try to keep up with the complex storylines she frequently invents. ("Let's pretend I am a girl cat and you are a boy cat and you fall in love with me and then I run away and now I'm a jaguar with a wounded leg. BE A CAT, MOM! Here are your ears.")
Oh, Liv. Another birthday, already? You insist on growing up, learning new things, moving forward. At four, you are already so complicated. You run here and there, except at bedtime, when you are the most willing-to-go-to-bed child who has ever lived (it is the one time of the day when you are actually compliant.) You are so strong-willed, so single-minded, so determined and resolute, I don't know how we are ever going to make it through your teenage-hood. Convincing you to do anything you remotely do not want to do is a struggle. But your will...well, it's intense. And admirable. You will go far in the world of business, my friend. Or, you will be the dictator of a small nation. Whichever it is, you will get your way. Every time. Of this I am certain.
Almost everyone includes a letter with their Christmas cards these days, and I love to get those, but I'm really too lazy to actually send one out myself. So, since we're on the internets and all, I hope this update will do for those of you who are so inclined to check out our little blog.