Starts almost every sentence with “Did you know?!” and launches into an explanation before we’ve had a chance to answer.
Loves, loves, loves school.
Is a bookworm who begs for extra minutes to read every night.
Has the same tickle-spots as when she was a baby. Often laughs until she cries.
Can remember ANYTHING. Like that time three years ago when she lost a penny and then found it.
Despite the general, persistent irritation of having a little sister, she protects Sophie, walks her to her classroom every day (holding her hand) and hugs her before bed every night.
Delights in being outdoors. Climbs trees like a monkey, seems to feel most free when riding her bike and loves a good game of hide-and-seek.
Is a loyal friend who loves sleepovers, dressing alike and playing in secret hideouts at school and home.
Loves animals — especially little ones — beyond measure and is steadfast in her campaign for a hamster or guinea pig (complete with a research binder stuffed with facts and illustrations).
Tries to sneak a little blush and lip gloss for school. Tween-age-hood, here we come.
Has this wonderful confidence and self-assurance that makes others believe they can feel the same way about themselves.
Loves a good joke. Often tells bad ones.
Lights up a room with her toothy smile, twinkly eyes and infectious silliness and positivity.
Will always be my first baby, the person who made me a mother, my snuggle-bunny. (For real. She promised to keep snuggling me even when I’m an old lady.)
Owns my heart.
Happy ninth birthday to my super-girl Lily Maxine. You make life marvelous.