Ava Grace has had so many posts lately because she's growing at lightening speed! I just realized the blog was in desperate need of a Lily update! Rest assured, big sister has NOT gone unnoticed or neglected at home! :-) Before Chris and I even conceived Ava Grace we spent a lot of time talking about our future family and what a careful balance it needed to be! While I was carrying Ava Grace we spent as much or more time talking about Lily and preparing with her as we did for Ava Grace. We didn't (and don't) want either of the girls to be jealous of each other or feel that they get the short end of the stick. We go to great efforts to make sure that we each spend quality time together as a family and that both girls get quality one on one time with each of us! :-) Lily is one special little girl.
She is the single most kind hearted and tender hearted little person I have ever known! She thinks of other's feelings and is considerate beyond her years.
She is also very creative!
Here we are playing "show" ...imagine a mix of American Idol and America's Got Talent... with lots of American Girl dolls! Me, Chris, and Ava Grace are the judges... Lily's the host... the girls and boys are the contestants! It's a running game... this week is round two! I can't wait to see what acts we see Thursday night! ;-)
Lily is also a reader. We try to foster this love of reading by providing lots and lots of books! She loves being read to and reading out loud to us and also reading to herself! On school nights, she reads before bed each night! (On weekends she gets to watch a movie on her TV). Some of her favorites are The Berenstain Bears, Junie B Jones, Cam Jansen.... and right now she's working on The Boxcar Kids.
(Lily reading with her Mimi)
If there is one thing that Lily loves to do most, it's laugh!
I can't tell you how many times we hear, "let's be funny!" or "let's laugh" or "make us laugh daddy, you're so funny!!!!" :-) And boy do we laugh! Sometimes so hard it requires a hasty trip to the potty! LOL Lily likes to tell stories to make us laugh, and she is turning into a very talented story teller! :-)
Lily is growing up so fast too! It's hard to believe that she is already 7 (and three quarters)! She is quickly developing her own tastes! Grandmommy took her shopping to let her pick out stuff to decorate her own bathroom...
...and she did so good! See the lamp? The towels and rugs match the colors with bright pink, green, and blue dot rings! She likes to pick out her own clothes too, and this year has decided the doesn't really like jeans. She likes skinny jean leggings okay, but not actual blue jeans. Her favorite "look" is either a dress or a cute skirt with leggings with a matching top and hari bow for her side ponytail! It's fun watching her develop her own sense of style!
She is the most loving little girl in the whole wide world and everyone that meets her quickly learns how special she really is!
Ava Grace sure is lucky to have such a great big sister!