Saturday, January 31, 2015

Summer: 4.5 years

Ok, seriously, can someone slow down time?!  My baby girl who used to be Larkyn's age will be FOUR AND A HALF this week.  How does this happen?!?!  Anyway, here is a bit about Summer at age 4.5.

Summer has truly developed a sweet caring empathetic heart.  She notices when someone might feel left out and goes to love them.  She remembers when someone said they hurt themselves or were sick and asks them about how they are feeling the next time she sees them.  She is very appreciative when I stop to help her with something, verbally noticing and thanking me for stopping what I was doing in order to do something for her.  He little conscience literally brings her to tears as soon as she realizes a wrong choice she has made and she is quick to apologize.  She is extremely perceptive, and will ask me, "is everything ok, mommy?" if I start to grow frustrated about something.  
One day when the laundry felt overwhelming and she saw me sigh as I changed yet another set of wet sheets, she looked at me with big eyes and said, "I can help you fold the laundry, Mommy!"
She is so helpful and is an amazing cleaner!  She can pick up an entire floor of toys in no time and puts them back exactly where they should go.  She knows where everything is, where everything goes, and can find anything (including my slippers I lost or a toy Colton lost). 

Here she is helping me get the Christmas cards ready for mailing.

Summer continues to be extremely outgoing and friendly!  After church on Sunday she makes the rounds, carrying on various conversations with people throughout the congregation, young and old alike!  She greets everyone she meets whether she knows them or not, and will talk their ear off!  She makes friends easily and doesn't have a shy bone in her body :).
Here she is at a recent trip to the zoo asking the zoo employees all about the turtles, sharks, etc!

She loves to play pretend,

play dressup,

play dollhouse,

read books,

write notes for people,

"Dear Colton, Don't you love eggs?  I love 'em too. To Colton, Love, Summer"
 draw pictures,

do anything arts or crafts,

perform for people,

and her favorite thing in all the world is still her "green froggy blankie".

She has the most amazing memory for names, places, and details about things she has done or someone has said literally years prior! She is also a very quick learner.  She is reading, writing, and spelling quite well and has an awesome number sense.

Here she is setting up a math problem...
making a guess, and then counting dots to find the correct answer.  She placed a heart at the top of the problem if her guess was right :)

Here is an example of her spelling (she was making a grocery list): eggs, butter, and lemons
We are currently working on telling time.  After working on her fives (see this video) she was able to for the first time read a time correctly as seen in this video.

She loves to read her Bible and pray.  Sometimes she will sit during her quiet time and listen to her Bible on CD for a full 90 minutes!   She has a huge heart for telling other people about Christ's forgiveness for sins and will tell anyone she meets whether she knows them or not!  She is a natural leader (which can translate into bossiness!)  In the past 6 months, however, I have seen a dramatic improvement in her asking other people what they would like to do instead of telling them what to do!  My favorite thing about Summer is how evident it is that she loves Jesus and wants to follow him.  As she gets closer to being 5, my prayers for her each night always include that God would protect her physically and spiritually, that she would continue to grow in her kind and obedient heart, that God would help her be a leader in love, that she would not complain or argue, that she would bring glory to God and others into his kingdom, that we would always share the close relationship that we currently do talking about everything, and that God would give her godly friends, teachers, and some-day spouse.  We love you to the moon and back, Summer Tenleigh!


Jill said...

Beautiful post about a beautiful girl. We love you, Summer, and can't imagine life without you.

Kristin Bjorklund said...

She is such a beautiful soul. <3 Love you Sum!

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