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this girl


she is so funny and so very loud. so crazy and free. she spins and falls then spins again. she climbs and jumps and would swing all day if you let her. she can never choose, but when she does she will change her mind exactly five seconds later. she tries to ride on her baby brother at least once a day. she covers her ears when she is nervous and giggles and laughs the happiest laugh when her world is right. she will threaten to "never ever play with unicorns again" when you've wronged her. she lays down on banks of snow and daintily pretends to be a mermaid. she talks to herself in quiet, high voices and booming low ones. she wishes she could vote for eve for president. while getting ready to cross the street she tries to hold her own hand for safety. she is sneaky and fast and stubborn. she does what she wants to do and when questioned always has a sound explanation. rainbow, snowflakes and pink are her three favorite colors. she wears her blue tutu everyday and is startlingly good at shaking her hips. she will put almost anything in her mouth, or at least give it a good lick. whatever the group, she's a part of them but when she's done, she's done and moves on without a care. she is terrorized by the sun in her eyes and tortured by the cold of winter and heat of summer. she sneaks the phone and tries to watch episodes of backyardigans during church. she is charming and almost always loved instantly. she growls and bares her teeth when fighting with eve. she whispers secret plans and (three-year-old) naughty words. when she gets big she wants to be a doctor and then a mommy and then a princess named cinderelly. she loves her sister and her daddy. and charlie and mommy too. she makes us laugh and shake our heads every day. she is our little three-and-a-half-year-old ruthie. and today she learned that rats make nests too. 


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Oh goodness that was sweet- and a precious picture of Ruthie

March 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

love that unruly hair!

March 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterleslie

Oh that hair! She HAS to have been my (almost 4 year old) daughters twin spirit pre-birth. So different from her sisters, such a handful, and such fun. Just yesterday my husband suggested she might actually be an orc child (although considerably prettier than an orc). No little brother to ride here , only a few surprisingly resilient cats.

March 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermichellejeanne

Oh I love that age, it is so fun to hear and remember- she reminds me a lot of you!

March 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeanie

is charlie getting hearty enough to be giving rides to sisters? ruth is full of so much personality. i love it.

March 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPam

Such a beautiful and eloquent description of your daughter. It brought a tear to my eye.

It also reminded me of the time I came running to my screaming baby only to find my then 3 1/2 year old sitting in her foam booster seat ON TOP of the baby. When I pulled her off she claimed she'd done it because she really needed a rocking chair!

March 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercate

how precious is she! my daughter wakes up with the same head of hair, sometimes I don't bother to fix it:)

March 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpaula

Thank you katie for your fantastic descriptions of your wonderful children. I love to read about their adorable antics and hope that one day (when i have children of my own) that i will be able to enjoy the fantastic spontaneity and fabulousness you write of. I love to check your blog frequently and a post like this makes the big bad world from London U.K seem all light and fluffy again. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.
Best wishes for 2009

March 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterzoe

so sweet katie! i think every parent should be required to write a paragraph about their child in 10 minutes or less. great pictures too!

March 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermo

Adorable. Simply perfect post. I love it. And you. And her. And I wish we weren't so far away.

March 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlaurel

just came upon your blog. love this post about your sweet little one. my daughter is only 4 months old, i cannot wait for her to 'never play with unicorns again' and pretend to be a mermaid in banks of snow. lovely.

March 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commentererin

oh my gosh. I love Ruthie!! I miss her, and this hair, so classic of her!

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteralyshabean

Oh, we need more like her. My 3 year old is so similar, it is uncanny...the riding her little brother thing is EXACTLY what we have to do every day here, too!

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercoronita

this post so reminded me of my sweet little Harper Lee, who just turned 3 in October, sports a rat's nest similar to this every morning, HATES having her hair brushed, loves high heels, PINK everything, reading to herself, babydolls and definitely not holding mommy's hand to cross the street. However she wants to hold my hand at any other given time. Your girls (and Charlie) are sweet, beautiful and lucky to have such a mommy.

and you've inspired me to head right on over to my mom's house. she "stole" my sewing machine because she is a fantastic seamstress and has been making stuff for me ever since I can remember. she bought me the sewing machine several christmases ago, filled it with notions and then borrowed it seeing as how I wasn't giving it much use. I think its high time she dig out some of the old patterns she used to make for me and put her sewing knowledge in my hands!!

December 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterchelsea

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