Our baby girl is 8! Its crazy to me. It really is. Cali was the "baby" for the longest with the gap between her and Ammon being a good 3 1/2 yearsish. And now she is all "accountable" and stuff ;) 8 is a BIG milestone to us as its the age that our kids get baptized and become members of the church. She knew she wanted to make that choice without hesitation and has a strong little testimony of the gospel already. Her baptism pics and details from that special day will be my next post! I have been SO SO proud of Cali this year. I have seen her grow and mature so much. I was just telling Joey that the other day-Cali is changing and maturing this year. She comes home from school and does her homework without me asking most of the time. She is making awesome grades too-straight A's most of the time. This is her first year to get real grades and it seemed to worry her at first but now that shes killin it, she doesn't get so anxious :) She is working so hard and is learning so much so fast this year. It doesn't hurt that her 2nd grade teacher is awesome and really cares. Cali is so loving and thoughtful. She always wants to share and give to others. Anything she makes, she thinks of a friend that she could give it to at school :) And she makes lots of cards/items for her siblings too. She pours her heart into everything she does. She is a very tender hearted little lady with a whole lot of love to give. She is still the one that always hugs me and wants to cuddle still. I love just laying on the couch with her and talking. She talks so sweetly to the boys(well, unless they tick her off or something;) and has really fallen in love with Luke. Since Luke's arrival she has really seemed older. She is so happy I let her hold him without help :) She has a sweet motherly heart. She is my kitchen helper too and always runs into the kitchen when she hears I'm baking something. She loves to cook! I even put her in a little cooking class with a friend recently and she had so much fun. And there is this thing she does that we love. When she is in her super good mood, her voice changes. Its low and almost tired sounding. When she is in this mood, she is the most darling child in the world :) She says the cutest sweetest things and has the funniest ideas. We love that voice.
For her birthday, Nana and Tata were here which was a special treat for her. Since Luke was still so little, I stayed home while they all went to Jumpstreet for her birthday fun after school on her birthday. I decorated while they were gone(and I will admit I was so sad to miss the fun, but its all good) and when they got home we partied it up with lots of colors, chevron stuff. She requested a sheet cake and even helped me make it. It was so yummy! If everyone looks tired in the first pics(the pics are out of order-Jumpstreet was before our "party"), its because they are all pooped from jumping all night long :) And it was really late too. The next evening, because we couldn't squeeze it all in one night-she got dinner out at a place of her choosing. She chose good ole Jim's Pizza, a local pizza place with a buffet that our kids love. Its so delicious. And we ALL went! That was our first outing with Luke and it went great. He slept the whole time! No pics from dinner but just imagine all of us rolling out of there, stuffed to the max :) We love you Cali girl! You are a very special, loving, cuddly, kind, smart, beautiful girl! We are proud of you and the little lady you are becoming! Happy 8th Birthday!