Stewart has had a big couple of months. Last month she turned 7 years old. For some reason, this seems so much older than 6. She was named “Student of the Month” in April and she was chosen to be the 1st grade reader for Black History Month which required her to read about Jesse Owens on the morning news to the whole school. Oh yeah, and let’s not forget the highlight of the last few months: Staying in a “jungle-like” hotel (the Embassy Suites near DuPont Circle) in Washington D.C. More on this trip in a future post. I’m so proud of the girl she is. What we learned this past year is that Stewart is comfortable in a very wide range of scenarios. Completely comfortable. I am proud of this trait. Spending the afternoon playing in the woods swinging on vines? She’s good. Going on a shopping trip? Yep, also good. Getting her nails painted? Got it. Skateboarding? Sure. Mixing it up with the guys in soccer? Not an issue. Playing with dolls? Check. Loving the dirt and grime of camping? Absolutely. I love it!
This year’s birthday kicked off with a party at school, then a 24 hour bug that postponed her 1st sleepover party, an impromptu cake with Grammy/Poppy to take the sting off of the canceled party, a family gathering on Sunday with Grammy/Poppy, Jenn/Emily, Nanny and Tim/Emma. Then a party on her actual birthday with just us and finally her sleepover (one week later). If you haven’t experienced a sleepover with 8 seven year old girls I suggest strongly that you back down to 5 seven year old girls. Kidding – they were actually great. I learned the following about a sleepover with seven year old girls:
- If one needs a drink of water, they will all need a drink of water
- They are NOT afraid of live frogs; 39 year old girls are
- They eat just as many donuts as the same number of 9 year old boys
- They eat half as much pizza as 9 year old boys
- Dance parties break out sporadically
- Winning at musical pillows didn’t matter as much as influencing when the music turned off after they lost
Good times. Times that are moving fast.