Happy 9th birthday--your last of the single digit birthdays! (Why does it always go so fast for your poor mom and dad?!?)
This year you are in 3rd grade in separate classes and are absolutely thriving. Kate, you have Mrs. Nybo and Glory you are in Mrs. Barker and Mrs. Farley's class. You love to read and your teachers laughingly shake their heads as they tell me about you sneak-reading during class. You are both especially addicted to the Harry Potter series. Kate, you have made it through the entire series and are making it through all the movies; I'm hesitant to say "enjoying" because some of the suspenseful parts are too much for you and you have to leave the room. Glory, you triumphantly made it through the 3rd book and are now officially as hooked as Kate and Noah. You love playing "Harry Potter" with Noah and Ellie, running around with wands and casting spells on each other.
You "earned" your birthday puppy this year by diligently taking care of Brookie. Kona was born on June 17 and came home to us in early August. She is fairly laid back for a lab puppy, but gets very excited about playing with you guys, especially in the snow! She is now 40 pounds and fairly strong and during the last snow, she dragged Kate on her belly across the snowy yard while trying to say "hi" to walkers on the frontage road. Kate, she seems to think you are her co-puppy and you get the brunt of her wrestling and play bites and scratches. Glory, she sees you more of a dog-mom authority and you can get her to settle and obey. You take turns feeding her, walking her and picking up poop--all the glamorous things of having a puppy. You have done a lot of reading about dogs and can tell me about how their body language shows what they are feeling; you like watching "Cesar 911" on how to deal with dogs with behavior problems.
Being a twin means always being lumped together as a pair, which is a good and a bad thing. You two are alike in so many ways, but as you continue to mature, the unique aspects of your personality become more apparent every day. Glory B, you are a helper. You always ask if I need help doing tasks around the house and you will even start washing the dishes without being asked. You have a soft spot in your heart for little kids--you work hard to entertain C & B, Neil and you won over "I only love my mom" Toby when he came to visit this summer. You are a rule follower and love to be the rule enforcer. I see my 9-year-old self in you--a little bit bossy, a little bit of a know-it-all. You balance it better with kindness than I ever did. You have a perseverance in you that is impressive. Even when tasks are challenging, you don't give up once you have set your mind to it.
Kater Tot, when you are engrossed in a task, you have laser-like focus. You don't like to be interrupted or do multiple things at once. When you have a job, you want the finished project to be perfect. You usually balance this fairly well in our chaotic family dynamic and we are working on ways to remind you that your best effort is all that is needed, not perfection. You are a reading addict--devouring books as fast as you can get your hands on them. You remember the plots in photographic detail. You have a special soft spot for Ellie and tend to show her extra love when she most needs it.
Mom and Dad
P.S. Notice your dark hair? We dyed it for Halloween since you were Hagrid and Harry.