Thursday, April 22, 2010

5 years old. Really?

I know it's so cliche, but I can't believe Leland is 5! She is such a big girl. Registration for kindergarten was on her birthday. She is so excited to start school and ride a school bus. She is a wonderful big sister. Lucy wants to do everything she does and looks up to her so much. Charlotte loves playing with her and gives her the most smiles and giggles.

She still loves to sing and has such confidence. The Sunday after her birthday, our family was asked to speak in sacrament meeting at church. I asked her if she wanted to speak or sing a song for the program and her reply was, "I think I will do both." She did not seem nervous at all and was so excited to do it. Lucy sang with her and they sang Nephi's Courage. I was so proud of them. They did a fabulous job. Singing in front about 200 people with such confidence, it seemed to come so naturally. I was amazed and so proud.

For her talk, she gave an intro about our family and then bore her testimony. I had her write her own testimony for her talk and here is what she said:
I have a testimony of Jesus. He was baptized in the River Jordan. I want to be baptized like him when I am 8 years old. I want to choose the right. I know that Jesus and Heavenly Father love me. I know the prophet today is President Monson. My family loves each other. I know that if we all make right choices my family will be together forever. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

On her actual birthday, we had a big breakfast and we gave her a few presents (Connect Four and the movie Annie). The next day, she got to bring a birthday treat to preschool. She loved having her whole family at school and sharing her cupcake with her baby sister. That Saturday, we did our traditional family birthday dinner at Red Robin. See last year.
Her favorite song right now. She likes to sing it the top of her lungs when we are driving in the car. I love it.

We love our Leland so much and are so glad Heavenly Father sent her to our house to live.


  1. Holy cow she is so old. Any Lucy's hair looks SO cute in that top right pic. Excited to see you too!

  2. Really 5? I just don't know how that happened. Happy Birthday Leland! We love you!

  3. Such a darling girl! And that testimony was incredible. You and Chuck and doing a wonderful job helping her understand gospel principles.