My sweet baby girl is turning SIX this week, and she happened to be chosen as the "star of the week" this week at school...Ok, actually, she got chosen to be star of the week LAST week, but we had one of "those" weeks, and her precious teacher told me not to sweat it and Lucy could just be the star again for this week and turn her things in this week instead. I'm not sure why the project stressed me out so much...probably because Lucy was just SO very excited about it, and I was hoping her momma had the skills to help her out so her project lived up to the expectations she had dreamed up for it in her head. Well, we finally finished everything up this evening, and I definitely had one very excited (almost) 6 year old on my hands!
For this project, they are given a piece of posterboard (I think she got to pick the color--of course, she chose PINK!) and they are supposed put pictures on it that tell all about themselves. We chose some pictures that show some of the things Lucy loves the most, which ended up overwhelmingly involving family. (I love that she feels family is the most important thing to her!) I know you can't really see the photos up close, so I'll explain them to you:
Lucy LOVES rainbows and drawing with sidewalk chalk, so we chose a picture of her jumping over a rainbow she had drawn on our driveway. I penciled in block letters for her and she traced over everything and colored it all in. If you notice the yellow drawing to the right of the exclamation point after her name, that is her picture of what a "light" looks like. She wanted to be sure and include a light on her poster since she takes it very seriously that her name means "bringer of light.":)
Below that is a photo of her and DH at the Breakfast with Dads event they recently had at school. Lucy LOVES going on special Daddy-Daughter Dates with her daddy! She also likes to play around on her pink guitar, and I think she hope she can one day play like her Daddy. It was cute to listen to her tell me what colors she wanted to use for different parts of the poster. Any time she chose green, she would say, "because that's Daddy's favorite color." She certainly has a special bond with her daddy, and I'm so thankful for how close they are. He truly is the most amazing daddy I've ever known.
The next set of pictures shows Lucy trying on a pair of womens heels. She loves playing dressup and especially enjoys getting into any of my "fancy" shoes. She also has recently started helping me cook more and more. I often ask her to help me in hopes that if she helps prepare the food, she might actually EAT it as well (she is SUCH a picky eater!) My plan hasn't worked out too well, but she still really enjoys the cooking process, even if she isn't in love with the eating process.
The third row of pictures is of Lucy with her grandparents--Nonnie, Opie, and Gi-Gi. She is so crazy about each of them!
And the last set of pictures shows Lucy with Daddy, me, and baby brother. She was very adamant about her family being the thing she loved the most.
It's interesting to me that this poster didn't include pictures of her with a favorite toy, although Lucy has never been one to be attached to toys much. The things she enjoys most seem to be things that involve being with the people she loves, whether that be watching a movie together, going out to eat together, doing a fun activity together. etc. Quality time is obviously important to her, and I want to remember that as I seek to show love to her in a way that will best speak to her.
The second part of Lucy's big project involed a box. She was to choose 5 items that represented who she is--hobbies she has, things she loves...basically anything that would help the class learn more about Lucy. Included in those 5 items needed to be her favorite book. It was SO hard for me to try and not push certain ones on her (the ones that I especially enjoy reading to her like "Petunia the Silly Goose" and "Cat, You Better Come Home.") but I really wanted this to be HER project. I did give her some guidance of course as she sorted through her thoughts, but these are the things that SHE came up with, along with the reasons why she felt that they should be included in her 5 things:
Lucy was very adamant that this particular Hello Kitty be included in her box. She is really into Hello Kitty right now, but this particular one is special to her because Nonnie and Opie brought it to her from their trip to Japan, which is where Lucy's "Aunt Bubba" lives. Lucy has a very close relationship with DH's sister.
Another thing Lucy LOVES right now is Knock-Knock jokes, so I asked her if she might want us to make a book of knock-knock jokes to place in her box. She LOVED the idea. Since she's just in the early stages of reading and writing, I wrote out all of the jokes for her (I chose her favorites), but then had her draw a picture to go along with the jokes. I especially loved her picture of the "little old lady Who." I kept telling her, "Honey, I don't understand where all the lady's hair is?" and she fianlly told me, "Mom, her hair is all up on the top of her head in a BUN." hehee:) I love it! I really think this particular item in her box says a lot about who Lucy is, because she loves to laugh and to make other people laugh.
Certainly something that defines a lot of who Lucy is would be that she's a big sister. It's a role she prayed for for a very long time, and she truly takes it very seriously. She absolutely loves her baby brother, and it's quite obvious that he adores her, too. I was just telling someone today how Baby Mustard Seed is pretty much all her doing, because she has prayed so diligently for another sibling. I am so thankful for the amazing faith my daughter has, especially at such a young age.
And lastly, Lucy placed her ladybug star nightlight in her box. This was a gift given to her (from a very dear family to us who was extremely influential in our being able to adopt Gabriel) when Gabriel was born, and she has pretty much slept with it every single night since. I think this is such a great item to be in her box since her name means bringer of light.
Oh Lucy, truly that is what you have done from the moment you entered our lives. You have breathed light into your entire family's life, and we are so proud of the youth lady you are becoming. Never stop shining as brightly as you do my precious one! You aren't just the star of the week this week at school, but you truly have been a bright, shining star from the moment you were born! Thank you for shining so brightly on our family!