Letters to our Daughters // Jan 2015

Dear Elsa,

I can't tell you how much I wish I had written you more letters your first couple of years of life, so I am making a point and writing to you every month from now on. The moments pass too quickly and I find myself wishing I could cherish each milestone of yours just a little longer.

This month was for one, full of stickers (thanks Grandma Cindy for the stickers for Christmas). Stickers on the floor, on the cabinets, and at one point, I woke up to stickers being stuck on my face. Oh yeah..you love stickers. My favorite was scrubbing the stickers off the floor with vegetable oil. Haha. But really though, I do love it because you want to decorate, create things, you want to express yourself. You're growing so much and knowing what you want and the colors you like. I love it. So keep playing with stickers, but let's just keep 'em on the paper book I gave you ;)

With learning what you want, a lot of other things have come opinion-wise. You know when you don't want to clean up, or listen to that simple command Dad or I give. Which often leads to a full on tantrum of kicking, arching back, and screaming (don't worry, I'll be sure to post a pic of that next month, as I'm sure this stage won't be gone). Another favorite of yours is to just completely hide when you're in trouble, pulling your blanket over your face because obviously, no one can see you if you can't see them. Your new favorite is no longer "No" but "I not, I not!" which I suppose is just a further example of you learning to form more words into sentences. Is that a good thing? Well, yes, most of the time. You now tell me when you're "hungy" and when you want a "peanut butt delly" which is oh so helpful.

Some things that really make my heart happy are when you get so excited to see someone, especially Dad, and watching you run to them at top Elsa-speed when they come through the door. You love so well and that is such a great thing. Also, getting ready to take you to Misty's in the morning and watching you get your backpack on--so cute. But seriously, sow down girl! You're growing way too fast.

I love this month and can't wait for all the rest of this year's milestones.




This letter project includes many other talented photographers, and next in the circle is Shannon Hager Photography | Portland Maternity, Newborn, and Children's Photographer.