Oh, Elle! How can you be eight?! This year has been a whirlwind. You have become such a kid. You are so independent now. We put a desk in your new room, and you seem so much bigger all of a sudden as you do your crafts, writing, or homework. You've spent most of the last year losing teeth, and driving us crazy with your ever changing tastes and preferences. You currently love origami, reading, American Girl things, Tsum Tsums, and legos. You outgrew your little bike and Daddy took you shopping for a new one. The fact that you picked the one that says mischief is funny, and yet somewhat true. You have continued to do gymnastics, but will start softball in June. You have been very supportive and helpful as we prepare for your baby brother. You are excited for him to get here and love to keep up with what size vegetable his growth can be compared to each month. You take care of, and get along well with Todd and Reese... most of the time. You definitely play more with Todd, but Reese has gotten big enough for you two to do a lot of girl things together. You have been working hard and rocking 2nd grade. You have developed a little bit of a competitive spirt when doing your timed math facts at school. You've mastered all the addition, and have started working on subtraction. You are still working your way through Hank the Cowdog with your daddy, and Todd has gotten big enough to start really following along too. We've been reading the American Girl books, and have read all of Kit, and almost the first book of Maryellen. You have lots of questions about the history and time periods for these girls. To help you and your siblings prepare for Sunday morning worship, we've been singing through the songs in the bulletin. You've enjoyed getting the song book out and looking up the songs. We go for the monthly Lego Builds at the Lego Store, and you have a enjoyed to doing this. It's been a good year learning about and doing activities with American Heritage Girls. You'll earn your first badges in May. You have enjoyed the campouts the most, but look who your Daddy is! It seems like we are entering a fun and new phase with you as you've matured. I pray we can give you the support and parenting you need as you're becoming the big kid. I look forward to spending time with you this next year exploring new things. We love you so much elle-m-n-o-p!