28 July 2015

Sloan Violet is FOUR!

I cannot believe that I am writing this post. Next year our sweet girl will be getting ready for Kindergarten. Sloan has grown by leaps and bounds this year.

She can spell her name (and write it too) and has gotten much better at writing left to right. She can also spell several words, like "shop", "fox", "stop", "go", "box", "dog" (notice the "O" trend here ? ) but hey, you have to start somewhere.  With help she can spell "shark" and other "a" words, like hat, bat, cat, (though sometimes with a "k"). She can also read a little in her books (i tested her with new books that I know she hasn't had the chance to memorize yet!) I suspect she will be reading comfortably as she enters into kindergarten if not at the first grade level.

Sloan also impressed us this summer by not only participating in swim team, but also competing in three official meets (and one time trial). She swam in three events, Freestyle, Backstroke, and Breast Stroke (though this one needs a bit of work). I think the biggest accomplishment is that she was able to stand on the block, follow directions (Take your Mark) and "dive in" only after the buzzer went off. She even started backstroke holding onto the block! Just a remarkable thing for such a young girl. Sloan also won a medal for "Most Improved" in the 6 and under age group.

The competitive side of me watched her times improve as she competed against mostly 5 and 6 year olds, beating out some of them!

I was also on swim team at a young age, but i was 4.75 whereas Sloan completed her first season at just 3.75. My father tells her she is a much better swimmer than I was at her age and I agree! The best part is that she thoroughly enjoys it. I'm not surprised. This is the child who jumped off the diving board at age 1.75 without any floats and just sort of waited for me to come help her to the side. She is brave in the water! My little mermaid for sure!

She even climbs on and "dives" off the blocks. She is fearless, exhibits confidence, and had a great time doing it. It makes me so proud to see our child excelling at life in all the little things.


Getting ready for Back Stroke



For Sloan's Birthday we drove to the beach for the week, so to celebrate we threw her a SURPRISE party at a place called Pump it Up! The kids were all in on the surprise. Sloan was excited and even said a few times, "Mommy this is the MOST AMAZING birthday EVER" which is sort of what I was going for! She also kept hugging me. She is so appreciative and grateful.
SURPRISE SLOAN!











Sloan still eats exceptionally well, she likes to eat raw salmon, salads, any kind of sandwich, most vegetables (sometimes brussels sprouts), and almost all fruit. We still do not drink cow milk in our house and at this point see very little need to drink it. Sloan loves chocolate, but it makes her a little bit too hyper! OR as she will tell you, "Chocolate makes me CRAZY"

Here are some things we have been up to in the last three months:

Dance Recital-




Trip to California which included, Riverside, San Francisco, Muir Woods (redwoods), Stinson Beach, and Lake Tahoe (staying on the Nevada Side).
      


 








We also visited Portland Oregon, where we found beautiful fields of flowers to frolic in!

We got her class picture back when we returned from vacation:

And then finally, we went to Charleston for her birthday and spent the week on the beach!


No birthday morning is complete without balloons!

And more cake!


On the drive down to Charleston, Sloan urged me to pray for the children in Syria as we talked about them the previous day. She is very worried about the lost children ("refugees"). It makes me so proud for my daughter to love others, recognize hardship, and long to pray for them (and ultimately help them)

Happy Fourth Birthday to our sweet princess! We love you to pieces and pray for a wonderful amazing fabulous year! We are all so blessed to be a family !

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