This past year Emily learned to swim without water wings...
...and really started riding her bike well (still with training wheels). I think she's probably ready to take the training wheels off, but I don't know if Will's and my backs are ready. She got her ears pierced....
...and moved up into a booster car seat.
She discovered a love of gymnastics, and has taken classes all year.
She still loves to dance though.
She started Kindergarten!
She gets homework for the first time this year, and luckily really likes it.
She can now count to 100+, she can add and subtract and I've briefly broached multiplication with her and she seems to understand that as well. She LOVES science. She enjoys outings, but still likes to spend large portions of time at home playing with her toys. She has started needing more time to play alone, much to her sister's dismay. She'll do physical play with Charlotte, but gets quite irritated when Charlotte tries to play ponies or something like that with her because Charlotte doesn't do things the way Emily wants her to.
She can sound out words and write out fairly readable sentences with a little help (there's a "y" at the end of "today", etc.) She is doing better with being flexible and accepting disappointment, but she still gets pretty upset sometimes when things don't go her way. She cries a lot less, especially while playing with Jazmin, which she still loves to do at every possible opportunity. She still gets a few "yellow paws" per month at school, usually for talking or doing something distracting when she should be listening, but overall she's doing really well in school. She adjusted well to the full-day Kindergarten and having to eat her lunch more quickly to get all her food in. She can get dressed, brush her teeth, wash her face and brush her hair all by herself in the morning now, and with the help of a chair she can even get her own cereal with milk. She LOVES spooky stuff, though her sister is easily frightened so we sometimes have to limit things she is ready for but Charlotte isn't.
She finally got her first taste of cotton candy, a longtime aspiration of hers.
She also took her first Ferris Wheel ride this year, with Daddy of course because Mommy is kinda terrified of heights.
Emily took her first cruise this year, and visited her first of hopefully many foreign countries.
She loves to explore, and as she has gotten older she has transitioned from just standing there throwing rocks in the water to hopping from rock to rock along the creek at the farm, just like her Daddy :-)
She's so mature in so many ways, and she REALLY does listen to you and process what you say when you explain something, but she is also still so young. She loves unicorns, magic and sparkly colorful things.
She's REALLY very good at physical/gymnastics type things. She can do an honest-to-God cartwheel now, and aside from her haystack dive a few months ago she is pretty good at doing crazy flippy hangy things and not falling. She has spent a large percentage of her last year hanging upside down.
One thing's for sure. She is getting more amazing every day, and I am still enjoying getting to know her and watching her grow into a person SO much! Every age she has hit so far is better than the last, and I'm so lucky to have such a sweet, smart, beautiful daughter.
But instead of prattling on even further about Emily, I'll let her speak for herself. Here is her 6 year old interview, transcribed word for word! I never realized what a little valley girl she is.
How old are you? - Six
How is being six different than being five? - Well, like, when I go to first grade, like I get to see different friends, and like, I like my old friends!
Who is your best friend? - Well, um, it appears that like, hmmm...Donovan. But Trynn was my best friend, but then she moved.
What is your favorite thing to do? - Um, I like to...WELL, there are a lot of things I like to do. I like to play on the playground, I like to jump on the jumpy thing, I like to go to Chuck E Cheese, I like to play games.
What is your favorite color? - My favorite color is...well, I have 3 different colors that are my favorite colors. One's pink, the other one's purple, and the other one's blue.
What is your favorite food? - Ooooh! My favorite food, I have like, um, TWO different favorite foods. Like, I like macaroni and cheese and I like spaghetti and meatballs.
What is your favorite thing to do with your family? - Oooh! I like to go out at parties! Especially my birthday party.
What is your favorite toy? - Um, I have three. One, my strawberry pillow that you got for me on my birthday. The other one is Pink Swirl (her stuffed dog), and the other one is, um, the other one is.....the other one is like Rainbow Glow! (her light-up rainbow unicorn pillow pet)
What do you want to be when you grow up? - Oh! Well like, I like to be uh um, a scientist when I grow up AND, I like, want to teach science.
What makes you happy? - Hmmm, well, when I'm feeling sad, I always like a hug from my mommy.
What makes you sad? - Well, sometimes I get sad because that like, sometimes I get sad and like I don't like something but like, I, it makes, like, sometimes not playing with Jazmin makes me sad cuz like, we're friends. (This is a very typical sentence from Emily...it takes her quite awhile to get to the point sometimes!)
What is your favorite show to watch? - Ooh! My favorite show! Well, I have three...one, Ruby Gloom. The other, Casper's Scare School, and the other, ADVENTURE TIME!
What is your favorite book to read? - Oooh, I have a lot of favorite books. One of my favorite books are like Ponyrella, I like that one. And I also like Play Clay, AND I like that rhyming book (Shel Silverstein's Poems), and I like um Caroline (American Girl) and I like Sam (?).
What do you like to learn about? - Eyouuu, that's a lot! Well, I like to learn about nature! I like to learn about nature.
What was the best part of your birthday? - Oh, the best part of my birthday! The best part of my birthday was getting to open my presents, and getting a long good sleep.
Where do you like to go? - I like to go like, I OH! I like to go and visit the Mall! And I like to go and visit trains, like, I liked the Santa Claus Train.
Who is your teacher? - Mrs. Utermohle!
What is your favorite treat? - My favorite treat is ice cream, and I like cake too.
What do you think about while you're falling asleep? - Well! Well like my birthday night, I was thinking about the sad things that happened on my birthday (see the aforementioned attitude problem).
What is your favorite song? - (singing) Roy G. Biv is a colorful man!
What do you want adult Emily to remember about 6 year old Emily? - Well, I want to remember that like, I had lots of friends AND that I had a happy family, AND that I lived with some friends for a very long time.
Happy Birthday to my sweet girl. I am excited to experience your 6th year with you!