Sunday, August 21, 2011

Good thing she's so darn cute

Cali...what can I say? She keeps us on our toes. This kid was born with a mind of her own and a very VERY strong will. If I'm going to be honest here, I've had a very challenging year with her. I don't feel like I had the patience I should have some days. And to be honest, I feel like I've let her down. And that I've let myself down with how I've handled situations sometimes. :( I've been feeling kinda like a bad mom with how frustrated I've gotten. Not every day is so tough but there are some challenging days... All moms have a kid or two that are just more "spirited" than the others..and Cali is that kid:) I was talking to a friend of mine who is about 15 years older than me that has 5 kids the other day. She was telling me about one of her daughters(who is now grown) and how the qualities that made her a tough child served her well in her teen/adult years. And this gives me hope. She definitely will accomplish the things she puts her mind to and I don't think she will be easily swayed by others(because she sure as heck isn't swayed by me! lol. She does NOT want to listen to me!) So she has her rough days, but mixed in with that are awesome days where she is seriously one of the sweetest little girls you'll meet. Lately, she has been making cards for people. She hid a card in Joey's workbag the other morning and was beyond excited for him to find it! It had pictures she drew of "giraffes, a big one and a tiny one" with "Dad" written all by herself on the envelope. And the other day she cleaned off the kitchen table after breakfast without me even asking and was so excited to tell me about it. And another milestone Joey and I have noticed is that she is showing true remorse when she knows she has done something wrong. She will come on her own and apologize now(after calming herself down). I'm so proud of her for that! So while parenthood can be hard sometimes, it is so much more rewarding when you see your child learning and overcoming. I'm seeing progress with her every day in certain areas and I know she is ready for preschool(she starts next week!) This little girl is growing up! I love her dearly and know preschool will be good for her as she goes out into the world, learns & makes new friends. She does great in her primary class at church so I know she'll do great in school too. I just think she wants to give her mom a hard time sometimes...:)


Oh, how I love our Cali girl..despite the issues the past year or so have presented, she sure has made our family laugh. She is hilarious. And one of the cutest kids I've ever seen. I mean, look at those big brown eyes and those beautiful ringlets? Like the title of my post says, it really is a good thing she is so adorable:) So, I thought I'd share a few funny pics from the past month or so of our silly feisty little girl...


She pulled this out of the trashcan when we weren't looking and was going to town eating it quietly one evening in the kitchen...deeelightful.


Every now and then she likes to chill in Ammon's carseat...


And this morning she decided to eat a jelly & cheese biscuit for breakfast. We almost gagged and thought for sure after she took a bite, she'd spit it out. Nope. She ate it. And loved it.

Did you notice how every picture has food in it? She likes food as you can see...ALL kinds...except the kind I want to give her that is, haha. Like I said, a mind of her own...

4 comments:

Marie said...

I love all your children. They each have their own wonderful charms! I think Cali has had a lot to cope with this past year with having lost her position as the baby of the family. That is not an easy thing to do. I think you and Joey are doing such a fab job with bringing up your kids that you have nothing to worry about! xxoo

JDaniel4's Mom said...

JDaniel would find the ice cream container too.

Emily said...

Those pics are hilarious!!!! It is true, my older sister has one like Cali and as she got older it served her well to not be swayed by the world. She is adorable, and I would never know the struggle if you hadn't said it. You are a great Mom and Cali will look back and know it!

Rick said...

You are a fantastic mom Holly and your children adore you. I might add your friends are pretty special too.. you are blessed.
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