Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Summer Accomplishments!

So hard to believe that the summer is coming to an end and it's nearly time for fall. Labor Day will be here soon!

But, where IS the cool weather?? The heat and humidity are back. If you didn't already feel it, you could tell by looking at my hair -it's big and getting bigger! Why, oh why am I cursed with curly/frizzy hair???

But before the cool weather gets here, and I know it's coming because the acorns are dropping like tiny bombshells in the front yard (and before I forget - yes, memories do decline with age!), I wanted to list some of Maddy's accomplishments for the summer:

  • Bike- riding -- Woot! This was such a huge accomplishment. Finally -- this was the year!

  • Swimming -- Swimming better and jumping off the diving board like she's done it all her life. No worries, no fears (except for mine, of course).

  • Cartwheels -- A summer gymnastics class paid off -- she loves doing cartwheels!

  • Independent -- Maddy is becoming more independent and willing to try things and go places without moi there to urge her on.

  • Empathetic -- Maddy's been so incredibly sweet and loving as my Mom goes through this battle with cancer and chemo. I know that she is a bright spot for her when we visit. She doesn't mind that we often sit around and chat and don't anything special, go shopping or to Build-a-Bear*.

  • Helpful -- More helpful around the house with picking up the stuffed animals. Of course, I did tell her that there is a "Toy Fairy" that comes around at night and takes toys that have not been put away.

  • Determined -- She is one determined girl and still lobbying for a dog. Definitely showing us what a good job she would do taking care of one. Last Sunday, she made sure we followed up on our promise to give Grandma's dog a bath. Latest negotiations have resulted in a tentative agreement for a dog in two years -- when she's 9-1/2!

  • All in all, a very successful summer! And because I can't do a post without a photo, here's another one from Hilton Head where I captured her doing one of her many dance moves.


Erin said...

Beautiful dress. Beautiful photograph. She is growing up to be such a lovely person. Inside and out. Your formula is magic Janet! And clearly, she is a joy to you!


isn't it crazy what can be accomplished in a few short months! great to have those little NOTES TO SELF to remind us how far they come in such a short time

Christy said...

Wonderful picture and it sounds like she is totally growing up! what an awesome little beautiful girl!!

Christy :)

Jodee Leader said...

It sounds like Maddy had a fabulous summer! Cute picture!

Will you send the Toy Fairy this way?! She would have a hey day at our house!

I can also relate to the bad hair days but mine is bone straight!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

LOVE the is adorable on Maddy!!

Sounds like you have crossed a lot off your list this summer....she certainly achieved a lot. Just last night, Sarah said she needs to learn how to do a cartwheel....I told her I think she is still a little too young and she should stick to a forward roll:)

You are never going to make it another two years......Maybe Santa will bring a puppy this year!


Kim said...

Maddy had a very busy but memorable summer!

You know the saying about the weather in NE, just wait 10 minutes and it will change...I thought I was cold this evening!

Hope Maddy is enjoying being back in school. Happy Thursday!

Natalie said...

What a sweet post! She is amazing and it's been fun to watch her grow into the neat little girl that she is.

Kim said...

She is a lovely girl! I love all those Hilton Head photos, makes me want to go back there.
I too have curly, frizzy hair. I finally got a flat iron that I love, BUT humidity can undo all that work!

Rhonda said...

Love her in that little beach sundress! How sweet. Also, I love her in her school jumper. My kids wear uniforms, but the boys' are so dang dorky while the girls' are!

Where is your son in med-school?

Donna said...

Wow, definitely a big summer for Maddy! Emma has been lobbying hard for a dog too...fortunately, she has neglected her promise to take care of our cat, so it's been easy to put it off!

Lisa said...

What a sweet, beautiful little girl you have!!!

Sandy Toes said...

She accomplished a lot!!! Wow!!!
sandy toe

LuLu said...

Such great accomplishments! She is one special little girl!

Jean said...

Congratulations Maddy!! What a successful summer you have had!!

I love seeing the girls accomplish these little goals!! It is so fun to see their progress!!

Adorable picture!!

You must not live in MN- We have had a few evenings of 40's and daytime highs in the 60's- Brrrrrr! It is getting fall like much too fast for me.