Sunday, September 15, 2013

Mia's Top Ten


First Day of Pre-School Favorites

Color: yellow
Food: bananas and peanut butter
Book: "I Like Myself" and "Benjamin Bunny"
Song: "Miss me when I'm gone!" ("Cups") 
Movie: Mulan
Activity: drawing and ballet
Favorite Place: "camping to the lake"
When I Grow up I want to be: a drawer and a mommy

She's already got the skills for one particular profession:

We had anticipated that Mia's circus experience would look like this...
She has forever been TERRIFIED of people in masks, weird face paint, and strange hats.  
(As an infant, she screamed when I would wear a towel on my hair after my showers.)  
She didn't want to let go from her handsome protector.  Those clowns are creepy!


Gma K's honeysuckle:

Mia doesn't care for carrots from the store (I think I over-did it one month.  Unlike most veggies, no cutting or washing involved with the bagged varieties...)
But something about the ownership of digging up her own makes carrots palatable.

Fancy swinging:

We discovered that Mia has developed her own outdoor survival methods.
She spends a good chunk of her day on the "path" that Dad made surrounding our developed property and forages for her own nutrition in the weeds.  This is a post-feasting face (she prefers a weed that she has dubbed "little broccoli").  We haven't decided whether to be concerned or not.  At least it isn't dirt?

Teeth cleaning with x-rays:  perfect reports encourages continued brushing and flossing cooperation.  It's a good cycle!

Mia is a natural athlete.  While the rest of us struggle to master this fun game when we go to Gma K's, Mia scores just about every time.  We all want her on our team!

10 + 1/8   
This summer, Mia acquired the new job of wheeling the garbage down to the bottom of our very long driveway.  She is possessive of the chore...which is fine.
The first time she did it, she called back to me, "Do I look like a woman now?"

10 + 1/4

10 + 3/8
Mia Ballerina:
We started Ballet this month and I have never been so pleased with an investment for this girl.  It is highly entertaining to watch and she is just loving it up.  She practices piques, demi-plies, and tendus in our living room for hours! I have a different perspective on dance now...especially the more disciplined art of ballet.  I saw little use in it before (except for ensuring a spot on the cheerleading team...ugh).  But if it can instill confidence, poise, and self-control, we're going for it!

This was taken earlier this year, but I am using it as evidence that ballet is just a means of refining this girl's inherent moves.

10 + 1/2
Prepping for our future dairy herd:

10 + 5/8
Here is Mia riding through the 2 mile, pitch-black tunnel of the Hiawatha.  Her bike-light is the middle one, closest to the ground.  She was sandwiched by Gma K and Mom.  Brave girl! Despite my experience with this tunnel, I was still terrified.

10 + 3/4
Mia's contributuion to the primary talent show:
A snippet of the things she likes to draw on a regular basis.  The pigs and snails are my favorites.  The butterflies are often chubby.  She said, "That's because they are grandpa butterflies."  Hmmm...


Britt and Brad said...

Oh I love this little girl. She's growing up so fast and is such a sweetheart. You guys are the best parents. Love you all!

Katie Chandler said...

She is so adorable! I love the videos

Emily said...

I loved your home tour post on Design Mom which I follow. Your story intrigues me because my Husband and I are selling our home and we have dreams to have a smaller house that we build and small mortgage. Though I am tempted to keep adding things to the house, so I could use some help! LOL We have yet to make it a reality. I wish I could talk to you and learn of your experience. How you made the house cost effective, how much is your mortgage still, how did you talk to the builder about your goals, what are the cost effective building materials and finding good land. My blog is I have not updated in awhile, but if you could give me any advice that would be wonderful. Thanks! Emily, my email address is

t.t.turner said...

She is so beautiful, Ashley. I love reading these updates on your girls. What a treat it was to see you on Design Mom today! I loved seeing more of your gorgeous home, and your philosophy on toys and stuff really resonated with me. Not to mention your (as always) wonderful writing!

Halsey said...

I am so impressed with that girl! Her artwork and writing are admirable, as are her biking skills and dance moves. She is lucky to have such a great mom!