I wanted to do a quick post about Violet – who just turned 6 years old. I feel like I don’t blog about her as much, and there’s a reason for it! It’s not because I don’t want to. Um – how can I say this politely? She is the least squeaky wheel in our family. Evan and I joke privately that she is like Marilyn Munster from The Munsters (you know, the abnormally “normal” one).
With the other girls, they each have special circumstances that require a lot of daily management. Paprika (11) has Asperger’s (aka Autism) – and even though I might not talk about it much, it takes great effort to manage that on a daily basis. Ginger (8) has chronic health issues (thyroid disease, autoimmune disorder, etc.) – so I spend a lot of time keeping her healthy and happy. And Ellie (2) is a toddler tornado of the highest degree. The second I turn around, she’s destroyed something or turned the house upside down. (It’s a stage, I know – but it does take constant vigilance! LOL)
I love them all equally – I really do! (I had to put that disclaimer there in case anybody thinks I’m complaining – because I genuinely adore them all fiercely and would not change them).
Violet is always sunny, positive, upbeat, and happy. I really try not to take her for granted. I know that even though she is less squeaky, I need to put as much effort and attention into her on a daily basis. She is so loving, giving, and selfless. She’s really awesome!
Violet would be in Kindergarten this year if she were going to our neighborhood school, based on her age. I thought about sending her, since she’s very happy and social, but she begged me to let her be homeschooled. She LOVES being homeschooled and she thrives in this environment.
When Paprika was five years old, I was much more structured in my Kindergarten homeschooling. I’m very relaxed now, so much so that Ginger (8) came to me and told me that she doesn’t think I challenge Violet enough. She thinks Violet’s work needs to be much harder (and she offered to tutor Violet). Ha!
All that to say, Violet constantly surprises me with what she is able to do. Because she is so easy-going, I don’t expect her to be so quick. But she is! She picks up piano very quickly (for example), and she is diligent in all her studies.
I asked Violet to write up a letter to Santa on her own – and this is what she came up with in about five minutes.
(You can tell that GIFTS are her love language – hahaha):
This Christmas, I would like to have a Shopkins Diary and a Princess Toddler Doll (Rapunzel). I would also like a pink boogie board (for drawing). Not the surfboard, just a drawing board that you use your fingernail to draw on. If you do not mind, I would love some big, puffy, pink and purple headphones and a perfume making science kit. Can I have a Princess Pet with an eye mask and clothes? And a medium Cinderella Carriage. Also Ginny Wand from Harry Potter and a Moxi Mermaid with a tail that changes color. Please bring me a normal sized easel and play kitchen materials and food.
First of all, where did she get those ideas? I think our shopping trips to Target (when we stop at the Toy Aisle) have been really memorable. She took it to heart every time I told her to “put something on her wishlist for Santa.” 🙂
Violet loves to draw and write poetry, and make books, and do all sorts of creative things. I have an open table in her bedroom that has paper, pencils, and drawing supplies. She regularly brings me things she’s made. I have about a hundred poems she’s written for me like this next one – but I’m not going to post them all! This is just one example:
Snowflake, come down towards me,
It’s the spirit of Christmas,
For I bet you can see.
when we all trade gifts ’round the beautiful tree,
A gift to you and a gift to me,
Cards galore as you can see and,
It’s not the gifts that warm my heart,
It’s the giving and caring that’s happy from the start,
And I’m thankful for my friends, pets, and family and to Santa Clause,
Thankful for when people will share,
And I’m thankful of course that you all care,
And for the snowflake.
Snowflake, the stars shine bright when we give gifts on Christmas night and I know why
It’s the giving that makes everybody happy.
Even the stars.
Of course, Violet is crazy about gymnastics. She would live at the gym if she could. I realized after my last post (when I said all classes were done until after New Year’s) that I was wrong! Gymnastics never stops meeting – except on Christmas Day. When I told Violet that she’ll be going to gymnastics next week, she was so excited.
Even though her gymnastics place is very serious (they train Olympians) – she never lets the pressure of that place get to her. She is very much like Tigger from Winnie the Pooh, or Poppy from Trolls. Always sunny, happy, and very bouncy.
I know Violet will have to stop gymnastics at some point – because she is going to be TALL – but for now, it’s her happy place. She LOVES it!
Evan got home from work early the other day, so I got to take Violet to gymnastics all by herself. We got there early, and once we’d parked, I let her come up in the front seat and have a snack with me before we went inside. She thrives on that one-on-one attention and she can make any moment into a special date!
Speaking of traffic, when we went to Disneyland last week, we got stuck in some serious traffic on the way there. Our 35 minute drive turned into 2 hours plus. We were all moaning and groaning about the traffic (even me, sadly) – and Violet was our cheerleader.
“Just hang in there, guys. It’s all going to be worth it! You’ll see. Once we get there, this traffic will be a thing of the past!”
I don’t know what else to say without getting too obnoxious in this post – because I could really go on and on! Ha! I just love spending time with Violet, and she is such an amazing person that I regularly blink and go: How did she happen?
I don’t get it! And, yes, I am biased. I try to see the girls objectively – and for the most part, I do a pretty good job (I think so anyway – ha!)
With Violet, things are very effortless. She is self-directed and she’s a joy to teach. She started Splash Math a few weeks ago – I bought her the Kindergarten through Fifth Grade program. She has sailed through the early grades, and she’s now doing 4th and 5th Grade problems.
I had NO IDEA how far she’d progressed until she showed me a math problem the other day and I was like: This is Kindergarten?!
And then I looked and saw she was doing all the fifth grade problems.
I hope that Violet keeps her love of life, and her sunny spirit. She is so happy, grateful, and seriously unflappable.
When I grow up, I want to be just like HER! 🙂