She's growing her hair super long and takes pretty good care of it. She likes fixing it different ways, braids, buns and bows and head bands. Sometimes she asks me to straighten or curl it or do French braids. On Grace's wedding day she opted to spend the day with me, my sisters and Grace's kids while we had our hair and makeup done. It was nice having her around for a whole day of beautification, and I helped her fix her hair and painted her fingernails and toenails more than once since she can't seem to let them dry without damaging them somehow. Oh, and on the subject of nails: she quit biting them cold turkey several months ago. I was so impressed to see her nails growing and I asked her how she did it. I know how hard it is to break a nail-biting habit. She said, "I just didn't like it anymore."
She likes clothes and puts together really cute outfits, and I like seeing that since being put together is a good thing. I should try it more often.
She's very generous with her siblings, even Timmy. Just recently she bought them all books at the book fair. I love that it comes so naturally to her to share, and hope she always remains a generous giver. There have been times we've worried about her being too generous, like the time a friend messaged me asking if I was really OK with Annie giving her daughter a really nice bracelet. To this day I don't know what bracelet it was. It couldn't have been that expensive because not even I own a bracelet that costs more than $20! I still wondered, but if it was hers to give, it was hers to give.
Of all the kids, she conks out the fastest at bedtime and is up and at 'em in the morning with no prodding needed.
She remains our most dependable helper with Joe. She loves playing on the playground with him, and she even taught him how to go down the twisty slide feet first a few months ago. She likes playing music and dancing with him, chasing him around the house, and really anything. Most importantly to us, when we ask her to keep an eye on him for a few minutes, she has the attention span to do so.
Not only has the book helped me identify our kids' temperaments and what their strengths and weaknesses tend to be; it also offers practical advice on how best to talk to them, discipline and motivate them. In the case of Annie, there are tips for helping her out of her shell and preparing her for changes. I'm finding it very helpful to flip through again and again. I'd also be interested to read The Temperament God Gave You, even though I have a good hunch that I'm a melancholic too.
We celebrated Annie's birthday twice -- once with her grandma and grandpa (Tim's parents) here, and again in Cincinnati the day after Grace's wedding at Scotty and Faith's. I think she had a very happy birthday and I look forward to seeing everything age 8 holds for her.