About Brooklyn!

Brooklyn’s 8th birthday is coming up really soon. There are a lot of things happening in the beginning of August, all through August really, so I thought it would be a good idea to take some pictures of her before all that craziness happens.
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The desert is really, really ugly this time of year. Brown and dead and… dead.
So I didn’t go anywhere special.
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Just down to our neighborhood park for some quick snaps at sunset.
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Brooklyn was really excited about taking pictures. I told her she could do whatever she wanted to for her pictures. These are all her own poses and ideas. She’s a funny girl.
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I liked every single picture I took so yes, I’m posting them all. Sorry!
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To break up the monotony of a ton of pictures of her I think I’ll start talking about Brooklyn at 8 years old.
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Brooklyn has a lot of energy. She wakes up loud and excited and doesn’t ever quiet down until she’s asleep at night.
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She gets bored very easily.
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Her favorite TV show is Scooby Doo.
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Her favorite food is the exact same favorite food she’s had since she started eating solids at 12 months old: pasta with butter and cheese.
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She’s still a picky eater.
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She gets a little shy when meeting people for the first time but within minutes is outgoing and friendly. She is nice to everyone she meets. I’m really proud of that 🙂
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She loves reading books to her siblings. She loves to be read to by me. She likes reading in general!
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She loves hiking, camping, lake trips, and everything outdoors just like her dad and mom 🙂
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She doesn’t like math and english much but loves geography, science and history.
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She loves to write. She writes little songs and stories and makes letters and cards and signs all day long. At any given time of day there are at least 20 papers on our table that have pictures and captions. I’m not sure how to store these or if I should or what. I sometimes go through and pick the best or funniest and put them in a binder and recycle the rest. It’s an area I have a hard time in because Brooklyn wants to save every little scrap of paper that has ever been under her crayon/pencil.
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Brooklyn wants to be in charge. She doesn’t like being the daughter, she wants to be the mother. She bosses everyone around and gets upset anytime she’s told to do something she doesn’t want to. And if it isn’t having lots of fun it’s something she doesn’t want to do.
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She laughs a lot. She has a really loud, full laugh.
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She is really animated. On the other side of her getting super moody and ruining activities with her attitude there is her ability to turn a sorta fun activity into something super exciting.
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She’s often mischevious and disobedient. She would never, ever choose the right thing to do if she thought she could get away with doing the wrong. She really loves breaking the rules 😛
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She’s starting to be a lot more responsible. If I very specifically tell her to be nice to Payson and be good while I’m in the other room working or *ahem* taking a thirty minute nap with Ember, she will act like a little mommy (not in a cutesy way, in a very real way) and take care of them while I’m gone.
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She really loves playing with toys. All of my kids love toys, all toys. She has never been given a toy which she didn’t love dearly. From the cheapy McDonald’s happy meal toys to a more expensive dollhouse to the tiny 25 cent toys from the dentist’s office, she loves them all!
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She wants to be a singer when she grows up.
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She really wants to get married but doesn’t want to have kids because, “It’s too much work!” (Sierra on the other hand wants to have 15 babies. lol)
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She asks me about male singers when we’re in the car and if they’re single or married and how old they are. She gets disappointed when they’re all too old for her because she really wants to marry someone who is a great singer. lol
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She hates shopping. Unless we’re buying toys she is really, really unhappy and makes it known! She complains about any and every errand we ever run.
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She really likes watching TV and movies and playing video games and computer games.
But who doesn’t?
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She has an amazing memory. She gets it from her dad because mine is terrible. She remembers things that happened 5 years ago and I can’t believe it!
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Her new favorite thing is when I let her answer the phone.

She really hates it when I do her hair. She doesn’t care about how she looks at all. She’ll leave the house in pajamas with crazy tangled hair and is totally fine like that. I was that way as a child so I get it! lol

She is a total daddy’s girl. She likes daddy way more than mommy.

She’s with me and I just asked her to tell my about herself so here is what she has to say:
My favorite TV show is Scooby Doo.

My favorite grown up TV show is Man Vs. Wild. I like Bear Grylls.

My favorite Disney movie is Tangled.

My favorite toy is Webkinz.

My favorite holiday is when I get to have a birthday and I turn a lot of different ages.

My favorite thing to do with mom is go to the movies. (Did I mention the girl likes watching TV and movies. Clearly. haha!) <—She laughed when I wrote that.

My favorite thing to do with dad is to go fishing and camp!

My favorite book is Junie B. Jones first grader.

My favorite thing to do with Ember is play with her.
My favorite thing to do with Sierra is to play with her, too.
And also I like to color with Payson. What I like to do with grandma and grandpa is to talk to them and play with them and read books with them. MY favorite thing to do outside is to go swimming. Can we do that soon? (yes) I mean today. (sure) Sure? When? (today) Really? But what time? Mom that’s not what I wanted! (you don’t want to write that?) Why did you write that? (Because it’s…) Because that’s not what I wanted you to write!

(We talk about swimming and I ask her if there’s anything else she wants to say)

I love swimming. So much that I cry and I love swimming because I’m learning how from my swimming lessons. I already knew how to do the crab walk. (She shows me the crab walk) That’s the crab walk and I was really good at it! (Ember is on my lap and Brooklyn does the crab walk again and Ember laughs)

And now they’re being silly together and I should probably end this! haha

Brooklyn says: “You’re ending it? Alright then I’m going to my cereal because I’m starving now!”

My goodness I love this girl!

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