Oh, my sweet Iris. You are my big, amazing, constantly growing
|Iris at her 8th birthday party. Photo by her dad.|
This past year has held so very much growth, but more than just physical. I probably say this every year, but I think you have changed more this year than in any other since you were just a wee baby. I have watched you work incredibly hard through your year of homeschooling, through many weeks of therapy, through moving towards being more independent in so many areas and becoming a better friend and role model for your sister.
|Iris and Eloise reading on the ipad. Photo by me.|
This year you have become so much more interested in technology, deftly navigating ipods, ipad, laptops and creating your own hilarious and smart videos.
You have grown to enjoy more mature books and have started writing more complex stories, illustrating them with detailed, thoughtful pictures.
|Feeding ducks, Iris style. Photo by her dad.|
You have returned to becoming an adventurous eater. Your favorite foods are butter chicken and sushi. You can eat a whole bowl of brussels sprouts or homemade sweet potato/kale/sausage soup.
This year for your birthday party, you asked to spend time with your family, your grandparents, great-grandma, aunt, uncle and cousin and a couple of friends. It was an absolutely perfect afternoon.
|Waiting for ducks and geese. Photo by her dad.|
You have one very best bestie, K, who you play with on the weekend as often as you can. I know you will really enjoy making more friends at school next year.
Eight is going to be a year full of adventure, excitement and opportunities galore. We are going to have an incredible amount of fun.
I love you.