Yesterday, Clementine announced that she would like to cut her hair. While I’ve been BEGGING to cut Annabelle’s naturally tangly, impossible to brush hair for years, I really hope that this is just a passing phase for Clem – because:
Luckily, she’s MUCH more than just a pretty face. She is a “leader of the class” in school, now that she is one of the oldest Sage Sparrows. She is an expert on almost all sea creatures (ask her which squid, octopus or fish is her favorite and why, and she will teach you a LOT of things about marine animals that you didn’t know, mostly thanks to her favorite show – the Octonauts). She is a newly minted piano player (two 10-minute trial lessons in, Annabelle’s teacher thinks she’s ready to start). And of course, she is sweet as ever:
Unfortunately, we are learning that even the sweetest four year olds are little liars (confirmed by parents of other 4-year-olds I know. Did Annabelle go through this? Will have to go back a few years on the blog!). Yesterday she asked for a muffin at Charlie’s house. When I gave it to her, she smiled huge and said, “Thanks! They are chocolate! I don’t know that because I ate one – just because Charlie told me.” At which point I noticed the chocolate smear on her face from earlier and confirmed it with Charlie’s nanny. She had had one an hour before! Little sneak!
It’s hard to stay mad at Clem for long, because she is quick to apologize (in a heartfelt way), always ready to snuggle, and very kind and generous. She’s also a great sharer with other kids (including Annabelle), her parents, her cousins and friends, and even animals (she could feed birds and ducks all day long):
It’ll be interesting to see how the school year unfolds for Clementine. She seems to like school more this year (combination of familiarity and having Charlie by her side, no doubt) and is on the brink of so many academic things (between her passion for math and her not-wanting-to-work-on-reading). But she’s also as fiery (or more fiery?) as ever, showing plenty of grumpy mood swings (even more this past week, due to the fact that she’s had to get up early for school). Most of all I want her to have a great last year of preschool. I can’t believe our little tiny Clementuna is barely a little tiny anymore!