Honestly. That's all I have to say about this year.
It's over. Thank God.
Kidding- Did you really think there wasn't another "Dear Georgia" coming?!
My dear. Here we are at the end of your 1st Grade year of school. "Wow" is all I have to say. I think I say this all the time but my goodness have you changed this year. I continually look back on my own life and try to compare at times- I recall certain things from Kindergarten, but I know, without a doubt, I recall most everything from my life from 1st grade on. This year I have really thought about that with you as your Mom. You have the potential to remember every move I make from here on out. Not saying that's a bad thing but it really put things in perspective for me.
Things that happened this year:
1. Your teeth fell out like no other. Seriously. I couldn't stand it (as you know) luckily all but one came out at school. The one that fell out at home- well, sorry about that. I think you knew me "loosing it" was coming.
2. You are completely self sufficient (you know what I mean...) It's official- you bathe yourself, yes you could do this last year but I wasn't ready to let go... you basically have everything covered. I've said it before and I'll say it again- I was NOT prepared for this. I was prepped and ready to go age 1-5. Now that you are SEVEN (really?!!?!?!?!?) I just feel a little lost. You sure don't. :) That's what I love about this age- it's all coming together and I love watching you as a person.
3. I'm going to spill that into #3- you are YOUR OWN person. You have such an amazing personality I cannot stand it. ((again)) I've said this before- YOU are and are going to be an unstoppable force. The one thing that I hope for you in all of life is that you never doubt yourself. You should always know you are amazing and a force to be reckoned with. You, my dear, are going places and no one can stop you,
4. Half way through this year I had to start working full time. I couldn't pick you up at 3pm anymore and I miss that. We've constructed a fairly good schedule but I still miss hanging with you for the afternoon. I know I get super busy with work (especially this past year) But I hope you know- in my mind it's a crazy trade off of providing you (us) with an amazing life vs. the other. Don't ever doubt that I don't look at the clock every day about 3pm and wonder what you are doing. I miss you every moment. We've made it though- and I think it will just be better from here on out.
5. Guilt- I'm going to be honest here (realistically because you aren't going to ever read this until you are waaaaaaaay older. ;) I have felt so guilty about "leaving" you this year- well half of this year. I cannot tell you how much I miss our afternoons together and how I have felt as though you have missed out on a LOT because I had to work. While you adored 1st Grade....honestly I kinda hated it because the way the year went seemed to take you away from me even more.
6. You love: Horses, Winston, Skiing (which we did for the 1st time in February- you were awesome by the way.....) Frozen (you sing "Let it Go" every single chance you get). Playing hand slap games, Mind Craft (really....?) You want to live on a LOT of land like Aunt Laura when you grow up AND have a mini-van, just like Aunt Laura, when you can drive. uhhhh are you SURE you are MY child? You have even blatantly said while car shopping recently..."Mom, PLEASE just buy a mini-van" sorry doll- not happening....
7. You decided to call yourself a "tomboy" this year. I think it was a little fad going on with the girls in first grade. Boy you are serious about it too. Although....there really isn't anything "tomboy" about you. It's kinda cute how you insist on saying that occasionally. You have made it clear you do not like pink anymore (hahaha- good luck with that) and you say blue is your favorite color.
8. Reading- WOW! I am shocked at how well you are reading now- it still blows my mind when you do this. It might be one of the most amazing things I've witnessed as your mom. I love it. :)
I still look at you and feel like the luckiest mommy in the world.