Friday, March 4, 2016

A Year in Pictures...

Elena turns five years old today.


I mean, come on! Seriously?!!?!!! How that is possible? I don't even know. 

This past year with Elena has been an amazing year. She has blossomed & her personality has really emerged! I love the way she thinks and feels. I love the conversations we get to have. The way her mind works, she's wise beyond her years. She is confident and strong, compassionate and empathetic. She has all the traits I'd hoped she'd have.

They are also traits that, at five years old, make parenting very challenging. She's a spirited child to say the least. We have blissful days and tedious days in equal measures. Elena knows how to push my buttons and push she does. I am working everyday to be a better parent. It's exhausting...yes, yes very rewarding too...but exhausting. 

Anyway...let's look back at the last year, shall we?

March 4th, 2015

Elena learned to ride a two-wheeler this year!!

She also played her first season of soccer

Just look at those eyes...I can't determine if they are blue, hazel or green


I just love the pensive look on her face

First Day of School!!!

My Little Pony...

Her school photo...she looks like she's in Grade 1 not JK!!

I took Elena to see The Nutcracker...she started ballet herself this year & loved the show very much!

My little island princess in Punta Cana

I found this photo on my iPad. Where did she learn the duck face???

I am so proud of my little girl & the person she is becoming. She inspires me to be a better mother...but more than that, a better person. I love her more than I ever imagined possible.

Happy Birthday my sweet girl!!