She received a new desk for her room for her birthday. It is bright blue. She is always working on some kind of art project or writing in her journal or doing a project and her night stand just wasn’t working very well as a desk. We have a big table in the office that holds most of her art stuff but she likes to have some down time by herself in her room sometimes so a desk seemed like the perfect gift. She loves it. We had it all set up when she woke up this morning.
When she woke up this morning, she told us: “When seven took over my body this morning, six was a a little sad to leave because six really liked me. I felt a little sad to say goodbye to six.” She is one of a kind. She is such a funny kid. She is very creative and says the strangest/funniest things. Every night when we put Red Fish to bed she asks to be treated as a different animal. It is frequently a bald eagle, a unicorn or a puppy. Tonight it was a bat. How do you tuck a bat child into bed? You ask her to wrap her wings in tight and hang upside down (tuck her into bed upside down with her head in place of her feet) and you wish her luck catching insects in the night. Then you close the door so her bat cave will be dark enough for a nocturnal creature.
Red Fish is a smart, fun girl. She loves to read books and learn new things. She loves to do little projects like finger knitting, art and drawing. She is kind, she is always willing to include her little sister in her projects or include her in her group of friends. She loves writing little notes to her sister, mom and friends. She is also sensitive and will go out of her way to help her sister or friends feel better. She feels things very deeply. We have been doing a lot of family movie nights together. We watched “Honey I Shrunk The Kids” a month or so ago. Red Fish was inconsolable when the giant ant in the movie dies. She was so upset and felt so bad for the ant. We felt bad but we had no idea it would make her so sad. She just feels things very deeply.
Red Fish loves science and we try to do science experiments when we can. She loves books about anatomy and animals. She has an insect collection with the bugs pinned down and labeled in a box. She is so matter of fact about things that a lot of little girls would thing are totally disgusting. We have to check her pockets when we do the laundry so we don’t end up washing a pocket full of worms again. She has pulled out all of her own loose teeth so far. She left a note for the tooth fairy the other night that said: "Dear Tooth Fairy, the tooth covered in blood is the new one. You can keep it. Love, Red Fish” So gross but so Red Fish.
She is becoming a great little pianist. She reads like crazy. Her favorite books right now that she has read herself are the Clementine series (because she has red hair) and the Magic Treehouse series. Now that soccer season is over she is taking piano lessons and going to gymnastics once a week. She still loves rainbows and unicorns. She is a great eater and always eats a lot of vegetables. She doesn’t like sweets very much but she does love ice cream. We had ice cream sundaes today instead of cake. She loves sushi and pasta.
She has a lot of friends at school and in our neighborhood. She plays hard with the boys and the girls. She doesn’t like dolls very much but she loves dress up clothes. She spends her recess at school playing tag and doing the monkey bars. She has these rough little calluses on her hands because she spends so much time on the monkey bars. She is looking forward to skiing this year. She keeps hoping it will start snowing. She says that she wants a sewing machine for Christmas.
Red Fish is in the French immersion program at school. She has two teachers at school and speaks French for half of the day. She is doing very well learning French. She got the Principal’s Star Student award in school a couple of weeks ago and was nominated by her French teacher. We continue to be astounded by how special Red Fish is. Her kindness and intelligence amaze us. There is no doubt in our minds that she is a very special spirit and we are forever grateful for the opportunity to be her parents.