|Washing windows while it was our turn to clean the church.|
Her favorite flowers are roses and if she gets a chance to carefully clip one off the bush, chances are, it’s going right behind her ear for decoration.
|Squished in the middle and having a blast!|
One thing Kate sincerely enjoys doing is helping. More often than not, when I’m in the kitchen, she moseys in and asks if she can do something, whether it’s grind wheat for bread, stir the muffins, slice the fruit, or–her most favorite–lick off the spatula.
Living on a farm and doing all those chores also means she gets dirty. A LOT. I love how Kate is a conundrum of being a true girly-girl who loves long hair and dresses but who’s willing to run barefoot or sweat while unloading hay or climb into a tangle of black raspberries to get a mouthful.
Also, if you haven’t noticed, Kate loves making faces for the camera when she’s supposed to be smiling. I have to tell her to smile then she can make a goofy face. If I didn’t, all her pictures would be crosseyed with her tongue hanging out. It doesn’t just stop with silly faces, either. Kate is like a mischevious little pixie who’s always trying to figure out how to get the last laugh. She has made it her personal goal to jump out of a hiding place and scare me. She has yet to succeed because she has yet to learn the art of inconspicuousness but she gets high marks for persistence.
It should come as no surprise that Kate loves animals. Her number one favorite are dogs, though she really doesn’t discriminate. If it’s soft and furry and cute, she’ll baby it.
Or a heartbeat, really. If it moves and breathes, she’s fascinated by it, which is a big step up from where she used to be with bugs.
If she doesn’t have an audience of her own, she’s more than okay sitting on her throne by herself and expanding her mind with a good book.
I am always struck by how creative our kids are. Where I see trash, Kate sees treasure. More than one diaper box has been turned into a bed for her stuffed toys and if we’re out of paint or chalk, she’ll use pokeweed berries and charcoal from the bonfire pit as her medium.
|Uh oh. Everybody better watch out!|
Her birthday was much the same as they always are. She planned for weeks what she’d do, what she’d wear, what her cake would look like, and excitedly anticipating her gifts.
The younger kids and I went to eat lunch at school with her and she filled us in on who all her friends were and what exciting had happened that day.
|Another kid with expensive tastes…king crab and shrimp for dinner.|
Her birthday dinner was top-notch–king crab and shrimp, a fruit platter and dip, banana muffins–but it was a tad rushed. Claire had gymnastics and Kate had ballet, so they were snarfing down food and licking their fingers while getting their outfits on. When we came back, she opened her mound of presents (she’d been waiting ALL DAY to see what was inside) and thanks to technology, got to do it with a set of grandparents and some cousins watching. Her cake was a bunny with giant sugar cookie ears, surrounded by its forest friends and was ablaze with seven sparkling candles. With a huff and a puff and a huff and another puff, she finally blew them all out so we could eat cake and ice cream before hurrying off to bed.
|Gotta love technology.|
There never is an adequate way to express how blessed we feel to have each of our children as part of our family. Kate has taught us so much, from how to be patient, see the best in everyone, to be aware of the beauty surrounding us, and to be grateful for what we have. We sure love our brown-eyed beauty and all the goodness and light she brings into the world. Our family wouldn’t be complete without her and we can’t wait to see what adventures life takes her on.
|There’s her dimple! It’s so cute!!!|