Monday, January 23, 2012

Our eldest

Arlington has redeemed herself, so today is her day.
Arlington brought home her mid-term progress report today.  I like that we get this.  We are half way through this semester and the teachers send home a report on how they are doing so far.  It is good so if your kid is struggling, there aren't any surprises and still time to turn things around.
Her progress report was awesome.  She is exceeding expectations in everything except handwriting (of course), but even there she is meeting expectations.  That is an improvement from first semester.  Arlington could care less about handwriting.  She doesn't have the girly handwriting at all.  Her goal is to do it as fast as possible and move on to something else.  She loves to write stories, but does not care what her handwriting (or spelling for that matter) look like.
We were really proud of how well she is doing.  She loves school and wants nothing more than to please us and to please her teacher.  Typical first born type A personality.
Arlington is still playing tennis.  She really loves it.  Will she play in Wimbledon?  No way.  But she is enjoying learning a new skill and I love that about her.  She isn't afraid to try new things.  She may play one more round of tennis before taking a break because lacrosse and softball will be starting.  She will have enough going on, and I am afraid three sports isn't doable. 
Arlington is going to also start skiing.  Our neighbor has skiis and skii boots she can borrow to give it a try, so Mat is going to take her.  Or she is going to take a class - I am not sure which.  This one I am leary about only because she DOES go full speed ahead and safety isn't her first priority.  She will be wearing a helmet at least.  I know she will love it.
 So she is a busy girl.  Third grade has been a huge increase in homework and projects from 2nd grade.  She has brownies and tennis.  And soon she will have lacrosse and softball.  She helps with the dog and her siblings.  She is someone we can rely on to help us around the house.  She is no longer a little kid.
In a few weeks, our eldest will turn 9.  I can't believe she has been with us almost a decade.  10 years ago this coming June is when we found out we were going to be parents for the first time.  My big girl made me a mother, and made me a better person.  Someone who is less selfish.

I watch Arlington and watch how she loves unconditionally.  She loves everyone she comes in contact with.  Everyone is a good person to her.  She finds good in everyone.  She can be silly, and serious.  Grown up or a little kid.  She is happy, bright, and warm hearted.  We are very lucky to have her.

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