That said, I wanted to make sure to say happy happy birthday to our precious Claire-bear and tell you a few things about our girl at seven:
How our little girl has grown! (Still silly, though - always silly.)
Claire LOVES to dress up - this is her as a pirate princess
It's even more fun when Sean gets into the act - he loves it, too.
We had her birthday party at a neighborhood pool with a classmate of hers who shares the exact same birthday, and much of the class came. It was a good way to say goodbye to summer and kick off the school year. She's quite the little fish now - check out a video of her swimming here.
For the actual day of her birthday she wanted to go to the Children's Museum of Denver, so we spent the morning there and then went out to lunch (this is the favorite outfit that she mentions in the questions below).
Claire's really into building toys lately - this is her Goldie Blox parade float (built completely by herself)...
...and this is the LEGO Cinderella castle she got for her birthday (thanks, Uncle Bart!). She spent three hours straight putting it together - I served as her sous chef (finding pieces and helping with questions), but she built it on her own. Way to go, Claire!
This is one of Claire's favorite outfits - she designed it herself. If things are fancy, she approves...
Speaking of... Her absolute favorite thing at the moment is "Frozen" (movie, music, books, toys, clothes - you name it). To her delight, Sean is a willing convert - he loves it as much as she does. (Yes, she designed that outfit herself...)
Claire tried a bunch of different activities in summer camps this year, and enjoyed all of them: tennis (pictured), yoga, gymnastics, multi-sport, art, VBS, and...
...theatre. I was excited about the theatre one, which sounded good but was a poor execution on the director's part. I hope she gives it another shot. It seems a natural fit...
We took the kids to see The Tempest by the Colorado Shakespeare Festival at Theatre on the Green near our house. Both kids were completely captivated and we stayed for the whole show. I filled Claire in on the plot and she asked a lot of questions - yeah!
Now that school has started we're back into after-school activities - Claire has ballet/tap/tumbling (pictured, which she LOVES), swimming lessons, gardening, and cooking. All were her choices except swimming. We ended up in the combined dance/gymnastics because the local gymnastics places had big waiting lists. Maybe next year. Choir is on my radar, too. She now sings with the children's choir at church and really enjoys it.
Claire's first day of first grade - she's so glad to be one of the "big kids" instead of in kindergarten.
She's really grown as a reader and writer this year and is very smooth in both English and Spanish. We're really impressed...
I wanted to share this piece of homework, because I was really floored at her vocabulary usage. She was supposed to use the listed three- and four-letter words to describe the picture in sentences, but she, on her own, used the much larger gracioso (funny) and contenta (happy) and punctuation that they're just now studying this week. Plus, check out that awesome handwriting...! I sure don't remember mine being that good in first grade. Very proud.
She and Sean are good buddies and love to play together.
More buddy pictures:
We've been to the mountains all of twice since we moved here (in Colorado, that is), but both kids love it.
At Sean's school - Claire likes to play with Sean and the other kids, especially since her classroom no longer has toys and his still does.
Some more pictures of our big seven-year-old girl:
Serious, sleepy Claire (with make-up from her cousins)
More dress up...
...and still more dress up...
...and not only dressing up, but flying. What could be better?
25 Age 7 Favorites
(answers supplied by her – commentary by Mommy)
- Color: Blue (like Elsa from "Frozen," followed by purple, green, and pink)
- Fruit: Watermelon
- Vegetable: Avocado (she knows it's a fruit, but insisted)
- Breakfast food: Pancakes
- Lunch food: Noodles with butter and cheese
- Snack: Popcorn
- Dinner food: Chicken nuggets and fries
- Drink: Sweet Iced Tea
- Dessert: Cake – vanilla with cherry frosting
- Candy: Lollipop
- Ice cream flavor: Cherry
- Animal: Cat
- Song/music: "Let It Go" from "Frozen" (her favorites are collected in an ever-morphing Spotify playlist if you want a window into the mind of Claire)
- Book: Frozen: A Tale of Two Sisters
- TV show: “Justin Time”
- Movie: "Frozen"
- Outfit: Long-sleeved blue and white dress with purple butterflies
- Toy: Frozen Complete Story Set
- Thing to take to bed at night: Duckie Lovey
- Game: Puzzles
- Thing to do outside: Play tennis
- School subject: Math (news to us...)
- Sport: Ballet
- Backpack/lunchbox theme: Monster High (leftover from last year - if she had her choice it would be "Frozen")
- Best friend: Sloan
No wings this year, but a dress, a butterfly, birds, and flowers (I sense Disney Princess influence, here) - the M.D. stands for Mommy Daddy for some reason. She's quite the artist and loves to draw and create. Art camp was her favorite this summer, she said.
I won't do "The Forman Babies" comparing her to Graham and me at seven until we get her school pictures back, so that's coming soon.
No Spanish version this time - lo siento. I need to return to doing those, but at the moment it feels like quite an accomplishment just to get this written in English. Happy Fall!