My Sweet Clementine,
Words cannot express how much you are loved. Where do I start? This morning you came in to snuggle with me in my bed and you fell asleep with your hand stroking my face. You told me how much you loved me and how beautiful I was. That's just the kind of girl you are. You are loving and lovable, gentle, kind, patient, and extremely thoughtful for a four year old.
One thing about you is that you love Legos. When presented with a choice between going to Disneyland or Legoland, you chose Legoland without hesitation. You will stay up very late creating elaborate Lego constructions and most of them are very long and delicate and when they break, you're not very happy about it. You spend hours in Henry's room using his Legos even though he doesn't want you to touch his things, but you're always so considerate and thoughtful. You would never ruin anything.
|Clementine's suprisingly symmetrical Lego creation|
You talk to yourself and make up conversations between any two objects as long as one is smaller than the other. The larger one is always the mommy and the small one is the baby. You do this with ponies, food, sticks, rocks, bugs and wild animals. On our hike the other day you picked up two box elder bugs and named them Rosie and Mosie. As we hiked down the stream, I listened to you make up a conversation about the two bugs. What a treat. No matter what it is, you always call the smaller one "Sweetie". I call you all my "Sweetie Pies" so I guess you are copying me. It's so cute to see you learning to take care of little things through play. You always tell me that you're a mommy and I don't negate it! You are such a wonderful mommy to everything on this earth.
You dance ballet and will be in your first performance soon...although you're not the most graceful dancer. You have some very strange dance moves and are quite heavy on your feet, though I love every minute watching you dance because you love it so much. Although you might not have natural talent, I'm eager to see what a lot of dedication and hard work will do. I have a feeling you'll do very well as you and your sisters continue to do Ballet.
You and your sisters usually play dress up every day and we frequently go places with you all in dress up costumes. You are actually the worst sleeper in the world and somehow get by on less than 8 hours of sleep a night. It's not uncommon for you to be up until 11pm and when I come in to check on you when I go to bed, this is how I find you(see above). This time when I walked in you said to me, "mommy, do I look fabulous?". You are just so funny and lovable! I hugged you and then tucked you in your little fabulous crazy outfit into bed.
|Fairy Dance Move|
|Strange Dance Move|
|Sticky hands from marshmallows. You pretended to be a monster.|
|Building "Cactus Castle" with Bea was a highlight of our last Moab camping trip|
|The present and future generations of BYU folk musicians. My girls will be champion fiddlers! (just like the girls in the background). They love playing|
Last of all, but most important, you really have a tender spot in your heart for your Savior, Jesus Christ. You are quick to point out photos of him on our walls and you always tell your brother and sisters to stop fighting over things saying they're "mine" by yelling, "everything is Jesus' and he's just letting us borrow it!". You love going to church and listening to the messages of the gospel. As I mentioned earlier, you are very thoughtful and wise. Sometimes you astound me at the depth of understanding and comprehension you have of situations and ideas. You are a peacemaker and you love all your siblings. You notice every tiny flower and you always compliment everyone and think the world is just beautiful everywhere you look. Your sweetness and goodness runs deep in your soul and I know you are a precious spirit of our Father in Heaven. I wish I could keep you at this age forever. It's such a wonderful time of life. You are so loved by all.