The Little Bean, Pipper Dip Dip, Squeaker, Nanny, (she answers to any and all) is six-years-old. And what a celebration we had!
|Callista was set on a beach cake and a swimming party. And these candles. :)
Callista continues to hold the title “Loudest and Liveliest Family Member” for six years straight now. It is an impressive feat, but her competition is not too stiff as her three siblings are rather mellow and mild mannered.
|At the pool.
She received a fancy new purple mountain bike and now officially pedals her way up the canyon in the family Bike Train.
Callista spent her birthday wearing a special pin Happy Birthday pin I made for her. It was sparkly and very prominent. All day at school, piano lessons and gymnastics she was the star of the show and received ample attention.
She also enjoyed a special outing with Mimi, from which she returned laden with wonderful toys and clothes and loves. Not to be left out, Brent and I snitched her away for a special lunch together at Kneaders, her favorite restaurant.
|Cake with Dad.
Hmmm....I will keep you posted on that one. Passion just exudes out of Pip.
She clamors for more gymnastics. Sometimes I am almost bonkers, as she seems to be upside down the entire time we are trying to do spelling and piano. Her toes point straight up into the sky and she is certain it helps her "think better." At any moment she tries to rope anyone she can in to listen to her play the piano. Her current solo "Popcorn Popping," is a blessing and curse in our house. It is very difficult but has as much pizazz as she does.
She adores little children and they in turn squeal in delight for her, but also sometimes run for mom if she her enthusiasm gets a little carried away.
Callista never fails to search me out at night to snuggle. No matter which bed I may be trying to hide in, she finds me and snuggles tight.
Stubbed toes, pulled hair, and anything equally severe (or not so) result in piercing shrieking, which I still signal inside me a vision of her writhing somewhere in excruciating pain from a life threatening injury. There are no minor incidents with Callista.
|Ready for school. Home and "Abroad."
Her personality is at times baffling. Her interview with her teacher at the elementary school before school began was unfathomable to me. The poor thing was shaking with fright. Her tongue began to swell and her speech slurred. It was like every light bulb in her brain turned off. Typical responses to questions included, "I don't know," and "Uhhhh..." My ego nosedived on the spot. My star student choked. My math whiz, reading pro, memorizing maniac....what happened? I could just see the teacher in her head "Oh boy, another awkward homeschooler." I kept hissing to Callista to snap out of the baby talk, to no avail.
It was an interesting way to start off the school year. However, her teacher assured me she is eager and anxious to participate and well liked by all the children in her class after the first 2 weeks. She is only there for 2 hours in the morning, but thankfully the jitters are gone and Callista seems to be shining through.
The elementary school isn't everything she dreamed it would be. This helped scrape my ego off the floor. She loves math, history, and anything which requires me to read to her.
I can't help but mention another family trademark with the Nan. She has a miniature bladder. Roadtrips can be excruciatingly frustrating with her. We have even tried to get her to use a diaper, when it has been 4 stops already. But she freezes up. (I know. This is quite cruel of us as parents. I can't help thinking of the poor astronaut woman in her car with her diaper.)
I treasure how attached Callista is to me. The most attached of all my children. Of course, this endears me to her immensely.
|Posing in front of Mt Hood
We love you Callista and are so proud of you! Happy Sixth Birthday!!!!