Sunday, October 3, 2010

Ruby Just Because


This girl of mine? She started Pre-School last month.

In contrast to Calvin, who had to be physically pried off of me for weeks and once even puked on the pre-school steps, Ruby dashed right in, without so much as a courtesy glance behind.

She's my Fire-and-Ice Princess. There is rarely an in-between, and when there is, I fear that she's not feeling well.

Until very recently, she called these "britches"...

And these "jeans".

Cracked me up daily.

She's the very epitome of Tomboy-Chic. She wrote the book.

Homegirl stockpiles Polly Pockets and Barbies. She begs to dress Silas and for reasons unknown, he actually cooperates for her.

Ruby Girl names her baby dolls Carla, Joyce, Julie, Brenda and Donna. She's got a vintage streak that beckons her back to the 70's or 80's, and I totally dig it. One of her favorite things to play is "Baby Carla", in which she slithers around on the floor, purses her lips into a ridiculous pout and squawks and giggles while all we have to do is repeatedly call her Baby Carla in conversation.

Did I mention that she also started taking gymnastics lessons?

She's doing fantastically well now, although the first class was beyond iffy.

I sat helplessly in the balcony while she repeatedly yelled, "Teacher! Teacher! Watch me!" or "Teacher, I want to do that thing!" or "Teacher, why are thothe hoola hoopth on the wall?" She also aggressively stared down a boy who she felt was infringing upon her personal space. Then, during sprints at the end, she opted to play chase (unbeknownst to everyone else) and wound up eight lanes to the left of where she began.

She lives every moment with her full heart, this one. She licks every speck of frosting off the top.

She is classic, theatrical Girl. She cries a couple buckets of tears each day, usually after she instigates something and Calvin reciprocates. She's great at dishing it out. But the taking it part? Well, her heart doesn't work that way.

Just last week she told me for the first time, "He hurted my feelings!" And I could tell that he did. And I knew for sure that it was the first time of many for this baby of mine, who's heart has two modes: Giggly Rodeo Clown and Emotional Teenager.

Almost every day, this confection of a child tells me that she likes my shoes, or she thinks my hair is pretty, or that I am the best cooker. She notices things and she likes to make others feel good. She is helpful and snuggly and a Class A Hopper On One Foot. She routinely writes songs with just one line. She is the Reigning Queen of "Why?" She prefers water to milk and showers to a bath (as long as she's got her shower cap on). She gives the best hugs in the house (shh!). Her hair sometimes feels like it may be the death of me. She is afraid of dogs, and nothing else.

She is the pinkest, prettiest, zaniest gift of my life.

58 comments:

  1. This made me cry. These are the kinds of things every women wants to know that her mother thought and felt when she was little.

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  2. oh how she melts me (like mama like daughter). we need to introduce our little ones to one another. it would be a hoot!

    <3

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  3. And oh, how blessed you are to have that sweet thing! {your little fellows are pretty special, too!}

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  4. She has the best smile hands down ...too cute

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  5. you have such a lovely way with words.
    Thanks for sharing about your pinkiest girl and making me smile :)

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  6. for a second i thought you were talking about my daughter! tomboy chic to the max! sometimes the spunk nearly does me in, but most of the time i like that she has it in her. :)
    blessed!

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  7. sweet, sweet girl.

    sweet, sweet mama.

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  8. completely precious! Love how you described her pinkish self!

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  9. Ruby sounds like a girl after my own heart. What a wonderful blessing you have in little Ruby and her sweet ways :)
    Amy

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  10. what a girl! love hearing your descriptions of her. the pic with her pushing the grocery cart is just too much! adorable!

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  11. I love this child through and through. I love her britches and her the picture of her long socks and roller skates. She is a blessed little tike to have a momma who feels this way about her and will grow up with the confidence of just 'knowing' momma feels that way for her. You are a first class mom!

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  12. How could you not fall in love with that precious girl?!? You need to print this out and stick it somewhere she can read it one day when she needs to. Your words were so touching!

    (and i totally get the hair thing! it's a bear isn't it?!? as soon as i tell the girls it's time to brush their hair there's tears!)

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  13. How awesome that you shared this. How great is it going to be for her to one day read this. If all our mother's shared as much as you we all would know just how loved we are. I love that she's an emotional girl, they are the best kind. Wear it all our on their sleeves. Can't hide feeling happy or sad. No question.

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  14. awesome post. What a treasure for Ruby to read when she gets older. What a great mommy you are.
    Your post totally reminded me of my little girl. So different from my boy. I guess girls really are from venus?! Although, my boy used to say to me 'you're a good cooker mommy. you make the best rabioli.' unbeknownst to him all I had to do was boil the water and plop the ravioli in ;~))

    love the photos and the slithering baby carla game. too funny!!

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  15. So good to capture where they are at...at the moment. Cause in a blink of an eye they'll be different...constantly changing. I have a feeling her and little chick would be hysterical together.

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  16. Do you believe in arranged marriages? I know of a spunky little guy who is smitten with her. He said she won't let him touch her hair. "She always says, 'Nooo. Don't pull my hair. Don't touch my things.' I'm not even touching anything."

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  17. I loved this so much and she will too. I hope you are printing our these posts into a book for your kiddos....yes...I said kiddos. I am also known to say britches too;-)

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  18. Ruby lives up to her name: she's a precious gem! (And I LOVE that last pic of her in pink up againtht the tree!)
    XOXO
    Joni

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  19. This was even better than I knew it would be!!! You have such a gift with words, and your children will be so blessed as they growing knowing exactly how you feel about them! Thank you for sharing this, I knew I would totally love her...She is the epitome of "pink cherry on top" cute and sweetness. Have you ever done the love languages for children...it would be interesting and helpful for you to know what you children's love languages are...Thank you again! : )

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  20. I dig on the hair. What a wonderful thing to have a child so happy to be a part of your little slice of the world. XOXO

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  21. Oh Shannan, she's so stinkin cute! So glad I got to meet her for myself.

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  22. You gotta dig her doll names. She's definitely the hippest chic in town.

    : )

    Julie M.

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  23. Lovin' the britches. I thought we were about the last ones on the face of the planet who used it...outload at least. It is even cuter when the little ones call them that. I thought you would be interested in this pole on tortilla chips. http://shopping.yahoo.com/articles/yshoppingarticles/430/supermarket-standoff-tortilla-chips/
    I know she is number one in your heart even if the judges in this pole don't agree.

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  24. oh...goodness...sigh....you are a good Mama and I pray you put your words to book if not for the enjoyment of humanity but for those sweet babies of yours. She is a doll to be sure. Your way with words is absolutely mesmerizing to read. And I'm not being dramatic. :) Tis true.

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  25. She would be a great match to my Brenna! Fire and Ice Princess. Tomboy-chic. Yep. I have one of those too. She's the light of my life but sometimes I don't like her very much. And she doesn't like dogs either...other than ours. Little Ruby River is becoming quite the big girl.

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  26. I have pictures of my dear daughter Emily growing up, crying buckets of tears... Ruby River in Pink, love that picture.
    ~G~

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  27. What a sweet posting about your wonderful little girl. I enjoyed every bit of it. She is a cutie pie full of love and life.

    FlowerLady

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  28. You're gonna have your hands full with this one!! I love it!

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  29. I have a darling little girl of 3 who sounds a lot like yours. I alternately can't wait/dread her becoming a teenager. When she hits dating age, I don't know if I should be more worried for her or the boys!

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  30. So wonderful how God matched you two up!!!

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  31. favorite
    post
    ever

    i wish i knew that ruby in real life
    she's a rock star

    & that picture of her whizzing by with the buggy is FANTASTIC!!!!!!!

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  32. It sounds like she is the prettiest, sweetest, tough girl 'round that neck of the farm. And the whole staring the boy down part...yeah...I dig this girl of yours.

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  33. "No one has found the worth of the 'Ruby' of the heart; it's value cannot be estimated."
    ~Sri Guru Granth Sahib

    She's a doll!
    ~Holly

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  34. I heart Ruby! Your pics capture her spunk and sassiness perfectly!

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  35. I love me a spunky girlie :-).

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  36. What a tribute to your daughter. Print and tuck this one away in her little treasure box. You are a beautiful mother.

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  37. She is my "Pumpkin Pie", and of course she is,"MY PINK". How I love my River, raging or not. You captured her perfectly. We decided she was taking Lucy for a run jog.

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  38. *tears* What a sweetie! You will love reading this in the years to come. I loved it!

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  39. I'll say it again: She is pure Sunshine!
    We have a new book at the library called "Ruby's School Walk" about a little girl with poofy black pigtails. You'll have to look for it. Of course, it reminded me of Ruby River.

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  40. That Ruby is one cool girl! With ours could play together, that would be fun.

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  41. beautiful shannan.

    britches and jeans...too funny! :)

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  42. That ruby, I think her and my son would be best of buds...I do think the contest for "why" would be in full swing right as we entered the house...and he would call you, lady instead of your name...but best of buds they would be, would calvin be mad? Love your girl, too sweet!

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  43. Just two words..."RUBY ROCKS"..xx

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  44. Pray she never loses her zest for life! She is adorable.

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  45. oh my goodness...this is an amazing post...she is so precious and beautiful and fun!!! I love this so much and hope you have this for her to read someday...cute, cute, cute!

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  46. She is more than precious....and I have one whose hair may be the death of me as well...I love it...she doesn't.....tears daily.....hours combing.....I can only pray for you!!! But seriously...Ruby seems like my kind of girl!!!

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  47. What a joy she is! I needed some happy today and she was just too cute for me - now I have tears too - happy tears :) Love you all!

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  48. Oh the adventures that lie ahead for you! That Ruby is a jewel and I'm so happy to know her.

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  49. Shan - my first thought was - she's looking so grown up in these photos. My second thought - I can just see Calvin, Rubes and Siley - and perhaps others (?) up on your stool in twenty years reading your thoughts about them, and feeling like the luckiest kids. In. the. world.

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  50. (I'm here from a link in a recent post) I think we have the same daughter. I laughed at this and I'm so excited to see my girl grow!

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