So last week I decided to get this blog made into a book. I spent a lot of time writing my blog post when the kids were younger. There are some great stories and memories in this blog that I didn't want to lose if blogger.com ever goes away. So I order a book - actually 3 books because of the volume of posts I had. I'm looking forward to them arriving and being able to relive some of those earlier years with the kids.
Anyhow, doing that got me thinking that I should blog again. I always enjoyed it and I think that in the absence of blogging I've started to put way too much stuff on facebook and I know its annoying to many people so I am going to try to curb the "facebook zeal" a bit and put that energy into blog posts instead.
So to start off again, I decided to write about Kenzie's room.
You see her room has a LOT of stuff in it. Especially compared to Seb's room which has a bed, a dresser and book shelf and pretty much nothing else. We are constantly telling Kenz to clean her room, which I admit she does do regularly. Today I walked in there to get some random thing (I cant even remember what it was). I looked around and realized how much that room represents her. The posters on the walls, the toys around the room, the way she organizes things, the people in her pictures.... they all say so much about her. For example, her American Girl things....
Not only does she have 7 (yes, you read right, she has SEVEN American Girl dolls) but she also has a ton of outfits and shoes, beds for all of them (some hand made, some bought) - each with mattresses, pillows and blankets, a horse, table/chairs, air balloon etc. I know that sounds like she is so terribly spoiled, but if only you could see how well she takes care of them all. And its not like she spends time with only the newest doll and neglects the rest - she is somehow able to spread her time and love equally to each doll. She also understand that she needs to take care of them. Several times I know she has been exhausted and wanted to go to bed, but first she changed each of her dolls into their PJs and put them each gently to bed, before allowing herself to go to bed. I know that there are other girls her age (her friends) who have no interest in playing with dolls. I am so pleased to see that Kenz doesn't "hide" her love of dolls, or feel embarrassed about it (except maybe in front of the boys in her class. Some people may even say she lacks maturity, but I believe that she is just right for a 10 year old girl. She will start being interested in more adult things soon enough. I am savouring this time of innocence right now.
Another interesting thing about her room is that even though from the doorway it looks like a hoarders room, she actually has everything well organized. everything has a place and she knows exactly where to find everything. Case in point, one morning this week I asked her for a safety pin... within seconds, she reach behind a box on her book shelf and pulled out a small box of safety pins. I never would have found them.
Finally, if you look around her room you can spot several items that reflect her love of people and animals. She has pictures of her brother, friends and grandparents in frames all around her room. Of course, her hamsters are in their cage on top of her book shelf. And she has posters of puppies and kittens, and a calendar of little animals in funny scenarios on her wall. She not only loves people and animals but she is kind and caring towards them. When we got her hamsters she promised she would take really good care of them. I nodded my head knowing full well that it would last 2 maybe 3 weeks before she lost interest. I am happy to say that 4 or 5 months later she still plays with them regularly, cleans their cage every week and feeds them and gives them new water on a regular basis.
And she makes things. She loves art and she’s creative and she’s good at making stuff. See the barn she made for the horse in the picture below, or the box she made for keeping her pen pal letters in (picture above). Today she cobbled together a paper towel roll, some construction paper, some marbles, glue paint and scissors, and voila - a jewellery holder to keep her earrings and charm bracelets organized.
Anyhow, I guess this is one way of explaining what a great kid she is. She is kind, loving, responsible and interesting. I love her with all my heart and feel so blessed that she is our daughter.
I love you Miss Kenzie Boo… and I always will. Oh, and clean your room. J