Wow, one year goes by and I have a totally different little girl. Alexandra had so many things happen for her this year, but the biggie was braces. Here she is before her braces and after she got them off. While I miss the split between her pretty teeth, we had to do the braces because of her jaw. She could hardly even close her pretty lips...
Anyway, I have to desribe how wonderful she is. No words will do her justice. She is such a unique and kind human being who is wicked smart and extremely witty.
Once when Stan and I and the team were eating at Gloria's, the manager came up to us to compliment our family. We thanked him and he said, "can I give you some advice?" We said, "YES! PLEASE!" He said, "I have 3 girls. Make sure you raise that first one right. They all will follow her and want to do what she does."
Oh my goodness, that could not have been more spot on. He didn't mean as they grow up because of course the kids will grow up and live entirely different lives. But the family dynamic and tone in our house is often set by one person. Our oldest beautiful and wonderful little girl.
If she wants to draw pictures or do something crafty, everyone else wants to, too. If she hates a vegetable, the others will quickly suspect it as something terrible. When she handles something well - maybe someone is mean to her and she is nice about it - the other two will use her vocabulary when the same thing happens to them.
That man gave us the best advice. We hope we raise her right. We're just doing the best we can.
Thank you God for this wonderful precious human being.
We love her beyond words.