She has an incredible level of energy - seriously, it's never ending! She is on the school bus by 8am (7.50am at the moment whilst there are temporary traffic lights in one of the neighbouring villages), has a full day at school, then doesn't get home until 4.20pm, and she's still going. She doesn't even slow down by bed time. She does ballet and tap dancing classes straight after school on a Monday, and seems to come out more full of bubbles than when she went in. She has swimming for an hour on a Tuesday an half and hour on a Wednesday after tea, and you would think the exertion would sap some of the excess energy out of her (especially now she has moved up to the bigger group and has to put more effort in), but she's positively bouncing around the shower room afterwards! Then she has acting club on Friday, and she comes out afterwards with a non-stop barrage of information, conversation and ideas. She has freestyle dancing and musical theatre class on a Saturday, and it just kick starts her bounciness for the whole day. All that activity, and it seems it just energises her all the more!
She does seem to need an awful lot of fuel for all that energy though. She is ALWAYS hungry. If she could she would eat 3 breakfasts, 2 mid morning snacks, brunch, lunch, more snacks, tea and supper (and she'd probably still want more!). We eat before her swim classes, and then we come home and she asks what's for dinner, having completely forgotten she's already eaten it!
She is doing wonderfully well at school. We had yet another good report from school at parent's evening. She is above or at where they would expect her to be at this age in all the subjects, is confident and (reasonably) well behaved. She has a few moments here and there when she gets silly while she is playing with friends, but she's always been that way, it's just part of her personality. Her teacher does think she could actually push herself a little more in some subjects, so we're going to aim to encourage that. Most importantly she loves school, loves learning and always seems enthusiastic about what she says they've been doing during the day. Last half term they learnt about fire safety, the great fire of London and Samuel Pepys. This half term they are learning about Antartica and she has a mini project to do. She was desperate to get straight into it with a trip to the library and the stealing of my laptop for internet usage.
She still absolutely loves reading, perhaps even more so than last year. She's reading longer books now with chapters and her favourites are the Rainbow Magic series. She has borrowed every single one of these that our library has in stock, and is desperate for us to buy her more for her birthday and Christmas (4 down that she owns, only another 146 to go!).
She has always enjoyed TV and movies, but preferred animated things until the last 6 months or so. She still enjoys Scooby Doo (handy considering that is her brother's favourite), Winx Club and lots of Disney amongst other things. She now also enjoys Harry Potter movies and has taken more of an interest in family movies that have live action, and some TV shows like Mr Bean, Open All Hours and similar. I can't wait to curl up on the bed or the sofa and watch some of the great movies I watched at her age and a little older like The Princess Bride, Legend, Neverending Story, Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal (and the list goes on believe me!).
She's still a dreamer. I believe she always will be, but then those people with the greatest imaginations often are dreamers. She drifts off into her own world frequently. It's difficult to call her back to earth to speak to her! As soon as she does touch down in the real world, she realises what she was doing and laughs at herself. She has the cutest smile still, and still wrinkles her nose when she laughs.
She has quite a collection of freckles now, tiny ones speckled across the top of her nose. They're so sweet. You have to get up close to see them, and I expect they'll disappear again once she's an official grown up.
She has 3 big teeth now, but they haven't fully grown in. The top front two and the bottom left (her left) front tooth. She gets so excited when she loses a tooth because it means she can leave it out for her special tooth fairy, Annabelle. (Everyone has an assigned tooth fairy dontcha know. They have rounds, a bit like a postman.)
At the moment she is most convinced that she wants to be a mystery solver when she grows up. She wants to start her own 'Mystery Incorporated' Just like Scooby Doo and the gang. Daddy is allowed to join, but he can't be called Shaggy, he has to use his real name apparently because it's a serious and real business. She however can be called Jeanette.
She has recently informed me of a change in favourite colour. When she was in nursery, she kind of liked pink, but her favourite was purple. Once she started school and started forming her friendship group, it changed to red and stayed that way for quite some time. About a year ago, there was another change, this time to blue, and I thought the blue might stick, but, no. Now her favourite colour is pink. As I've said in the past, I'm a huge fan of pink (*disclaimer - this comment is laced with sarcasm). I'm not sure how much this is Alexandra talking and how much it is the influence of her friends.
Her best friends at school are Beth, Emma and Alba. Beth has been her best friend since they first started school, and they even went to nursery together, but didn't know each other as well then. Emma has been friends with Alexandra since they started school, but it has really only been the last 18 months that they have become closer friends. Alba just started at the school this September and Alexandra was positive she needed to make friends with her so that Alba had someone to play with because she was new. As far as I can make out, all 4 girls play and get along nicely at school (there's the odd blip, but nothing out of the ordinary for school friends) and I've met all 3 girls on various occasions and I'm just pleased Alexandra has such nice friends. There was once a time when she was at nursery where she preferred playing on her own, that we were worried when she started school she might not have anyone to play with. I hated the thought of her being alone (even if it was her choice).
She also has friends outside of school. Catrin lives down the other end of our village and although they don't get to see each other that often, they have known each other since before Alexandra started school. They go to swimming together and see each other at village events and on other occasions like Halloween. They don't go to the same school, but when they see each other it's like they just saw each other yesterday. They just get along. It kind of reminds me of when I was younger. When I was growing up in this village, my best friend lived down the other end of the village too, we didn't go to the same primary school, but we went to the same secondary school. I actually met her when she was the retiring village May Queen and I was the new one. She had to crown me! We stayed friends for a very long time, and she always knew me best. We had some great times. We're still in touch, and she was even one of my bridesmaids. I hope that Alexandra gets the chance to form a friendship like that.
The Small Person's favourite food is lasagne. She LOVES it. We'll be taking her out for her birthday meal after school today and she told us the place absolutely had to have lasagne. I joked with her that we should call her Garfield (after the cartoon cat) because he loves lasagne and eats loads, just like her. Mr Bogert said that Zack could be Odie :)
I think I'm very excited for her, and somehow I don't remember seven being that close to being grown up, yet from my adult perspective, I kind of feel I'm running out of childhood time with her. I know I'll get to spend time with my fabulous, lovely, smart grown up daughter then, so it's not a loss, but I still kind of want to hang onto my sweet, smart LITTLE girl for as long as I possibly can. Sadly, school seems to speed up the process.
But, she is wonderful in any size. She makes me very proud. I love her brimming confidence and neverending energy, I love that she has enthusiasm to learn, and I think it's wonderful that she cares for the feelings and well being of those around her. I'd love to say that all of these marvelous attributes are down to our wonderful parenting, but somehow, I just think she was born with them. I guess we're very lucky :)