Thursday, March 12, 2009

Anna Banana


Anna was meant to be our oldest child for many reasons. First and foremost, she was an easy baby. She slept through the night, hardly cried, and played independently. She inspired us to have another, which we all know got a little bit crazy. But I would not be a sane Mom if she hadn't been my oldest - she makes it so much easier.

I love that Anna is so independent. She has fabulous, full on conversations with herself, and loves to play alone. I love how she plays the "Mommy" role well, and for the most part is not too bossy. I love it when I hear her say things like, "Now, we have to clean up this mess before we go outside" or something else I would say.

I love Anna's obsession with stuff. There are two facets to her obsession. First, she likes to fill things up. Her backpack needs its own planet. It is stuffed as full as you could possibly get it. She never even takes the stuff out, she just finds great satisfaction in having it full to the brim.


Anna also loves to organize. In her room, she organizes all of the toys, and tends to have a meltdown if someone moves things. I suspect some of this neurosis comes from me. Anna loves to play with dolls, play outside, play with her brother and sister, watch movies, go to preschool, Disneyland, the beach, and lots of other fun things. She DOES NOT like to go to the store or run any errands. It usually takes my amazing power of persuasion to get her to go to the grocery store or anything like that. Simply put - she is not the little shopping buddy I was to my Mom as a child.

I love Anna's sensitivity and sweetness. If I had to pick one word to describe her, it would be sweet. She is the child I never worry about being mean to kids at school or church, is very polite, and loves her family. She loves to help with anything you will let her do, especially cleaning. At night when she goes to bed, just as you are about to close the door, she always asks what we are doing the next day. She just wants to lie there and be excited about the next day, I suppose.


We love Anna and can't believe she is turning 5 soon. That first day of kindergarten is going to be a hard one for me!

8 comments:

Vicki said...

I love reading when you post stuff about the kids like this. It makes me happy for some reason.

You are lucky to have such wonderful children. I know what you mean about the first day of school. I still have 2 years and I'm not looking forward to it either.

KATIE said...

What a little sweetheart.

carilly said...

Aww turning 5 is exciting! And definately starting kindgarten. Aww I'm excited for her! I think Greg and I can find a great birthday gift for your almost 5 year old (maybe a bigger backpack!)

charonfamily said...

Her little face is DARLING! I could just eat her up! What a cutie, and P.S. you will cry like a baby the first day of kindergarten, sniff. sniff.

Ellie said...

She is such a sweetie. I remember when we went to Disneyland she was a perfect child! I can't believe she is almost 5! She must get her bag stuffing skills from me. Samantha calls my bag " the black hole".

Allison said...

Awww, thanks everyone!

Kevin said...

anna is growing up fast!!

The Druhe Fam said...

So cute! Anna and Grace have a lot in common! We have the bag obsession over here too...we'll really have to plan a Wild Animal Park meetup soon :)