Monday, May 02, 2016

Tirzah is 7 years old!

I thought I would get this post written right away, but instead the days are flipping by on the calendar in such a blur. Over the past month or two I have begun a new routine with the kids to help our day go a bit more smoothly. I have been doing school right away in the morning with Tirzah, while the older boys get an hour or two to play. This gives Tirzah and I some one-on-one time to work on reading plus any other concepts she needs direct instruction for. It also gives the boys time to "get ready" for school. In some ways, it helps them get out their wiggles and focus better. This morning Tirzah begged for time to play also, with Malachi, so I relinquished for the sole purpose of writing her blog post. :)

Tirzah's birthday was a fun day. Mrs. E came over Tuesday morning with a birthday treat. A cupcake on a cookie!


We were blessed with warm weather for the day. While she was outside playing, Tirzah discovered a tree growing in our garden. She was so proud of her discovery! Maybe it will keep growing. I can't tell what kind of tree it is.

For her birthday dinner, Tirzah requested watermelon. She LOVES watermelon and was thrilled to see it come in the house. We usually only have it during the summer, when the prices are lower. So it has been a while. She also decided on spaghetti, and carrot cake for dessert (I bet you couldn't guess that). Her carrot cake was almost a disaster. I didn't properly grease the pans, so it stuck when I tried to turn it out. Then I ran out of frosting, just when I needed MORE to cover up the rough spots on the cake. Malachi said, "It's sad that your cake is so ugly. Now people will see pictures and think that you are bad at making cakes." LOL!!! I don't care what anyone else thinks, the cake tasted great. :)
 One of the other fun things that happened on Tirzah's birthday was getting to go play baseball with other homeschool kids. Tirzah is a social butterfly, and the more she can be around other kids, the happier she is. The weather was so nice. Mitch said that the only bad thing is that you shouldn't let children eat so much watermelon, then go to a baseball field in a park with no restrooms. Yeah that.

 The many faces Tirzah makes...








At 7 years old, Tirzah
~is full of energy. Bursting at the seams. Can't sit still.
~is growing up way too fast
~loves girly things, dressing up, doing her hair, painting her nails
~holds her own among brothers, too...what a great blend of tom-boy and Daddy's princess!!
~is impulsive and extroverted, and will show off to get the attention of the crowd
~wears about a size 7-8, but some pants are hard to fit on her since she is long and skinny. She prefers to wear dresses or skirts, with leggings underneath.
~wears a size 13 or size 1 shoe, depending on the type/brand of shoe
~has lost 8 baby teeth and only grown back 6 of them so far ::toothy grin::
~is reading fairly well. We turned the corner after Christmas. We hit that magic moment where reading suddenly "clicked" and she began decoding words with phonograms that she had not been taught. It's a beautiful moment to see a child graduate from assigned readers to reading books they choose from the shelf. She caught the delight!
~seems to have a pretty flexible understanding of math. She is observant of patterns and tries to make connections beyond basic memorization of facts. If she gets too distracted making patterns, it might make some basic math harder, but it will make algebra easier.
~writes very well when she wants to.
~loves to sing. Whew...I paused for a minute to help Genna before I added the 'g' on the end of the word 'sing.' I was confused for a second when I glanced back up at the screen. That's a whole different meaning. One day a friend, who had been sitting across the balcony from us at church, stopped me and said she loves to hear Tirzah sing at church. Tirzah was belting out the words to a favorite song from memory, holding nothing back. I love that. I know that God will plant His words deep in her heart and with time will grow them up to bear fruit in her life.
~learned to ride a bike (without training wheels) this spring. Did I post pictures about that? I feel like I didn't. I put something on facebook. I'm really behind.
Here she is riding beside Cam when he came to visit at Easter. Did I post about that? No? See, I really am behind. I have lots to tell. But not today. Now it is time to do school. Tirzah and Cam were good buddies. She loved reading with Cam. I can't believe it's May 2 already. Deep breaths...

We are so blessed to have Tirzah in our home. I just can't believe how big she is getting! We love you Tirzah!

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