It’s easier to write these blogs as a list otherwise they would end up very long! I can’t control myself when I’m talking about all the cute and sweet things I don’t ever want to forget about my kids. To keep it real, I also included a few things that drive me bananas but not too many. With that intro, let’s dig right in to share about eight year old Cassie.
1. My seven year olds have (had) braces. They also have lost a lot of teeth already. The early braces thing is a whole process they encourage nowadays where they have a phase one then a phase two after they lose all their teeth. The second phase is supposed to be easier since we did the first one. Cassie had a cross bite so she got the joy of an expander before she had her braces. Man did that kid handle it well. She gets her braces off in a few weeks and she’s so excited but I will say I miss the noise she made to get the food out of her expander. She figured out how to deal with the expander pretty quickly and has been a good sport about the foods she can’t eat. I love that little brace face.
2. When this kid turns 21, I am taking her straight to Vegas. She is seriously the luckiest kid I know. It’s very hard to beat Cassie in any card game at all and it makes it pretty fun to try. She’s not a horrible sport when she loses (yes, she does lose sometimes) and I think it’s because she knows she’s going to come right back and beat us three more times in the future.
3. One of the most helpful things she does each week is fill my vitamin boxes. Yes, I’m so old that I have a handful of vitamins that need to be put in their little day of the week holder. Every week I count on Cassie to do the job and she’s very precise about it. She has an order of doing smallest to biggest and makes sure to make an extra one so we have one more day until we have to fill again. I like that this is a job only for Cassie.
4. I am not looking forward to seeing what a messy room this girl is going to create. If you look at their dresser, Leah’s side is completely organized with everything in it’s spot then exactly half way across the dresser starts the mess of anything and everything found around the house. It’s such a disaster. She’s very much the type to throw her shoes and backpack down when she steps out the door and hopefully some day she’ll figure out they don’t magically get put where they belong.
5. It warms my heart to see my kids being good friends. This summer our friends came with us to summer camp and one of them was a bit unsure about trying a few things. Cassie encouragingly took her hand and promised to be by her side the whole time. We’ve seen her do that a few times to this friend and she always seems to pair up with her and make sure she’s ok. I love seeing the bond build between friends and I’m glad that Cassie is a good friend.
6. Similar to how lucky Cassie is, she also has this uncanny ability to locate the geocache we’re hunting for. Leah and I could be looking in the exact same vicinity but Cassie steps right in and picks it up under our noses. We had fun digging into the geocache games this summer and I know there’s a II million more out there we can find! (or Cassie can find for that matter)
7. This girl takes after me with her love of fruit. Unfortunately, that means she also has a few stomach issues that can come from a bit too much fruit… Still doesn’t stop us, though. Summer comes and it’s fruit time for us!
8. I don’t know how to describe this one. It’s something I don’t see a lot of anymore but there was a good spell where Cassie would get into a groove of one of her games, activities, something and she would get super proud and cock her head to the side while she made a clicking noise with her mouth. It’s one of those things that I wish I got on video and will never be able to force her to recreate it.
9. Both girls have been doing gymnastics since the beginning of the year and Cassie is really taking to it. This summer we really enjoyed whenever we could find a nice patch of grass and do some handstands or cartwheels. Her long legs are quite graceful at it and I really am impressed with how good she is with her form.
10. Creative should have been her middle name. It’s no surprise to anyone who knows Cassie that one of her favorite past times is anything creative. I recently reorganized a bit to pull many of her crafting supplies to some shelves front and center so they were easier for her to get to than in the garage. When she has extra time, she’ll be cutting, gluing or creating something wonderful. I was very happy to put her whale picture on my living room wall I created this year.
11. I shared a bit of this story previously but lets say Cassie’s epic monkey meltdown was one to remember. I don’t know if she tantrumed more or if I did…
12. I’m worried this next idiosyncrasy will be one she gets made fun of for so I want her to grow out of it but I also find it so endearing. She started getting into her reading groove at the end of last year and she can rock through a chapter book but she’ll read out loud while she does. We hear whispers of the story coming from the backseat when she’s reading in the car and she really doesn’t know she’s doing it.
13. Cassie is definitely an artist and one of my favorite mediums to see her work with (besides painting) is fimo or gum paste. Fimo is clay and you make little animals with them. We also took a gum paste class at Dawn’s Candy and Cake where we made the same type of animals with gum paste. They came out awesome! When she first started making the, we gave her no help at all- she was just set free with a youtube video and made a magical penguin that is still displayed today.
14. There aren’t many words the girls say wrong anymore but two recent ones Cassie has been corrected on were “M&M” which she said “NMN” and boysenberries which she thought were poison berries. I don’t like correcting them because I find those mistakes super cute and miss the days they couldn’t say ambulance or watermelon. It doesn’t last long and I love these last few incorrect words.
15. Here’s one of those that drives me bananas. She simply won’t apologize. Even if something happens that was an accident, we still can’t get an apology out of here. She is the exact opposite of Leah and her sincere apologies and I really hope I can convince her how important it is to apologize in life.
16. She has a signature style. She’s my stylish kid in general and is definitely the one I ask which shoes or necklace I should wear but she also has a fashion statement she’ll make of putting one pant up so the leggings are hiked to her knee and the other one is down to her ankle. It has been interesting to see how it’s happened over time more and more consistently yet she won’t necessarily admit she does it on purpose, she just owns it and acts like it’s no big deal.
17.For some reason she is much more willing to walk with me on a random afternoon to the store or what not. Leah would much prefer to sit home and read. Sometimes I can convince Leah to come IF I’m going to the library and ONLY the library but Cassie doesn’t really care where I’m going, she’ll just walk. I love walking and being out in the sun so it’s nice when I have a companion to do it with me.
18. Contrary to Leah’s super straight, tucked in sleeping, Cassie is my crazy sleeper. The kid will wrap herself around the blankets in many ways and could care less what is tucked in, turned sideways, or falling off the bed. As soon as she’s asleep, she’s OUT for the count (unless she sleepwalks which she actually doesn’t do as much anymore… I guess she’s grown out of that. Sniff.)
19. The hair, oh the hair. I don’t look forward to combing that mop every morning and it’s only getting worse. Last year it was noticed by other “super nice” girls at school that she always wore her hair in a certain way that was apparently not cool (yet it was the only way Dad knew to style her hair). She immediately decided to grow out her hair and hasn’t looked back. She had already committed to growing our her bangs but once we added the rest of the hair the war just got bigger and bigger. She doesn’t do well with tangles or tight hair yet she won’t let us cut it (while Leah happily asks for hers to be cut). The bangs also haven’t completely grown out so they kind of hang in her face and I FIGHT with her like crazy to tuck them behind her ear. It’s not pretty.
20. If you see Cassie doing something cute in public, don’t mention it. For as confident as she is at home, she can be just as shy in public. The other day she was doing some silly dance in Costco and a lady commented on it after laughing and smiling at her but she immediately went into her shell and was mortified that she brought attention to herself. I know she’s a super sensitive kid and I hope she breaks out of her shell more and more with her confidence in life.
21. I’ll end on the same type of story I ended with for Leah. Her Clue tale revolved around the dagger. She very confidently stated that it was the stabber which killed Colonel Mustard. After we laughed so hard we were crying, she realized she said something wrong and started to call it the dabber (I think that’s because she’s used these markers they call dobbers). Needless to say, Mom and I continued to laugh and that didn’t go over well with Cassie. In many games in the future, the knife is now the stabber.
For reference, previous “special things” blogs are here:
My Cassie Valentine
12 cute things about 2 1/2 year old Cassie
Cassie’s preschool application
40 things about 4 year old Cassie
All about Cassie (around 4 years old)