McKenna {age 10}

McKenna {age 10}

As if I wasn’t a hot mess from Miranda turning two, my oldest daughter hits double digits today!  How is that even possible?!?  I’m still 25 so I’m not sure how she got to be 10.  It is almost impossible to even comprehend how she got so big so fast.

I’m going to show her age though because her baby pictures pre-date my digital camera.  I had to pull out her baby book to get this shot.  I wasn’t kidding about big babies in my post yesterday.  McKenna came into the world at a whopping 10 lbs 8 oz.  I ate way too many peanut M&Ms in those 9 months.  Chad and I had no idea what to expect and we surely learned a lot that day.  She was two days over-due and I was induced early that morning.  She made her grand entrance at 8:59pm after three hours of pushing.

We had no idea what we were doing.  But our sweet baby (and our families) taught us everything we needed to know.  She made us parents and showed us what love was all about. And she continues to teach us every day.

She was the only child, grandchild, niece and she received plenty of attention.

Someone held her almost all the time.

She loved her paci and called it her “pipe.”  “I need my pipe!” she would moan.

Check out that mischievous smile and a cute little dimple.

She loved to have tea parties, play house and Barbies but favors iPods and mp3s now.  She’s always loved HGTV and Cake Boss.

She gave herself a haircut once.  She cut the sides up to her ears but left the back long.  You can see it here.  We made an emergency visit to Miss Rina to get it straight.

She leans to the sassy side and loves a selfie.  She’s a wonderful actress and is about to be Wendy in Peter Pan in a couple of weeks!

She loves to be in charge…especially of her little sisters.  She is so much like her Mama that I usually know what she’s about to do before she does.  We’ll see how long this lasts.

She’s kind and caring and a wonderful helper.  She helps me so much with Miranda.  Miranda, Tyler and Emily adore her.

On her first day of Kindergarten I thought I might die.  I cried all the way to her classroom and she cried everyday for the first two weeks.  She just wanted to be at home with her family.

It’s hard to fathom that she only has one more year of Elementary school to go.

She loves special attention.  She talks about her birthday year-round.  What sort of party she wants, what the theme will be and who she wants to invite… I try to make each one special.

She’s beautiful inside and out.

Photo Credit: Climbing Heights Photography

She loves to read and her Battle of the Books team recently won first place in our County.  I love that reading is one of her favorite hobbies!  I can just see us passing books back and forth one day when she’s grown.

Her future is bright but the thought of her going away to college destroys me.  I’m considering starting Amanda’s Home University for Girls.  Anyone know how hard it is to get accreditation? Anyone want to apply for admission?  I have capacity for two students.

On a side note…she wears a size 9 shoe.  In womens.  In the 4th grade.

Happy 10th Birthday, McKenna!  I can’t begin to tell you how special you are to us.  The last ten years have been a wonderful adventure.  We love you!!!

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