This amazing, smart, beautiful, talented, sweet, creative child can do no wrong.
Which is why I was particularly surprised when her teacher called me on the 8th day of 2nd grade. Apparently the teacher called the parents of NINE children that day, because together, they were being incredibly disruptive. I immediately knew the problem – after a year of being separated (by force) from her kindergarten BFF Jade, they were suddenly in the same class again, and let’s just say that popular, outspoken, center-of-attention, always pushing boundaries Jade does not bring out the best in Annabelle. Our child knows this because we’ve spoken about it with her for 2 straight years, but she insisted that this year, she was old and mature enough to have her BFF if her class and still be her best self. Needless to say, our newly-crowned wild child had a talking to.
When confronted, however, Annabelle had the best response ever – she said she got in trouble for talking when she was telling the other kids to stop talking! Whether that’s true or she was quick on her feet, I was pretty proud of that answer. We equipped her with a new response (a silent finger over her lips to tell her friends to simmer down), and she’s been getting good reports ever since. Which is great, because this kid really is one of the best I’ve ever met. She has particularly been wonderful with the “littles” – Clem and Charlie, coming up with elaborate games and activities for them several times/week and always on the weekend:
And when she gets tired of them? She mostly reads. Still 100-200 pages/night at least, and has been devouring everything we put in front of her (a few this past month – Call of the Wild, Little Women, the Little Princess, the Secret Garden, The Penderwicks (first 2 in the series), all of the Little House books (7?), etc. But she also plays outside – and especially loved playing outside on our east coast trip – evidenced by how tan she was by the end of the summer!
Now that school has started, Annabelle has also gotten back into her Dreambox math, and is officially doing math that is difficult for Marc and me. It makes us very curious to see if she’s gifted at math like she is at language, or if she’s just so quick she picks up whatever we give her. All we know for sure is that there are no bounds when this girl decides to go for something, and we can’t WAIT to see what she decides to go for this school year!