Sunday, October 7, 2012

Elyse at 5!!

Hopefully there are some readers out there still, because I know we've been MIA lately!  

I thought the perfect reason to return to blogging would be to record the wonderful 5 year old we have living in our house.  

Five seems like a big age.  It's a real kid. 

Elyse certainly fills those shoes.

How hard it is to summarize this little person we love!

She lives her life with a lot of passion.  She puts her full heart into what she does.  She calls herself an artist (the best one in the world!) and doesn't settle for imperfection in what she makes.  She's a loyal friend.  She's in love with preschool and is fully invested in what she does there.  She's a rule follower and a creative thinker.  Her brain is always moving, trying to understand how things work or how they could work.  And what she comes up with is astounding!

Back to the art.  If given an option, art is still what she does.  Everyday I pick her up from preschool, she carries with her a pile of her creations, often gifts for those she loves.  When given the choice during free time at school, she always spends time at the art table.  She loves pens, notebooks, and glue...anything that lets her create.  She also incorporates commerce when applicable...one day during nap she set up her own art studio, complete with price tags on each picture (see photo below!).  She does love money.  

Writing and reading is another thing she loves.  She loves making her own books.  Elyse can read a bit too.  We haven't really "trained" her in that department, so it still astounds me when she's able to read a sentence.  And it makes her really proud too.  

One issue we're working on are what I call "freak outs."  Elyse is a bit of a perfectionist and if something isn't how she likes it (especially with her art) she has a bit of a tantrum.  This especially happens if someone (like maybe her little sister) does something to mess (even so so slightly) with one of her creations.  We're working on perspective and I hope she can learn this lesson soon and keep it with her the rest of her life!

Elyse calls herself the number one DocMcStuffins fan.  Many of her birthday toys were of her favorite character and she plans to be the Doc for Halloween.  It should be cute.  

She's a great big sister and  takes care of Madelyn when needed.  She's getting really great about sharing and the two of them can play together for awhile.  It's great!  Sometimes at the "Y" they go to separate childcare areas and Elyse gets really sad when she has to be away from her sister.  

Her preschool has choir and Elyse wasn't interested at first, but we signed her up anyway and had a blast on the first day.  She's a kid that needs almost forcing to try something new and then loves it!  

I love talking with her at the end of preschool about what they did that day.  Her favorite job is to be the teacher's helper.  She loves telling me about her day too and I hope that lasts forever.

She has a silly side too.  She loves to dance.  Sometimes at church she goes a little crazy with the end song.  We love to dance around the living room.  She cracks up at her sister's comedy routines and the silly things her pappy does.  She has a smile that can light up room.  She makes up her own silly songs.

She is a good, good kid with a big heart.  She takes care of those around her and is passionate about what she does.  We are so smitten and in love with our Leesy-Loo (although she prefers to be called Elyse).   Check out the pictures below.























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