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Dear Addison,

My sweet sweet girl.  My sweet SEVEN year old!  No way.  I can’t believe you just turned seven.  I think I’m in denial.  Serious denial.  But as hard as it is for me to see you growing up entirely too quickly, I have to say that I just love the stage you are in right now Addie.  LOVE it!

Yes, as a toddler and young child you kept things interesting.  To say the least.  :)  And we loved our stubborn, moody, curly headed firecracker to pieces.  But oh how you’ve changed!

You are such a little delight these days.  Happy all the time!  And such a little pleaser.  You love to make your mom and dad happy.  You love to make Ellie happy.  You love to make your teacher and friends happy.  You find so much joy in doing what’s right and making other people feel good.  Your smile is simply contagious.  I get so excited to pick you up from school each day Addie because you run into my arms with the biggest smile on your face.  Pure joy!  And I know you will outgrow this at some point, so I soak it up and squeeze you tight every day and remember how lucky I am to have you in my life.

You are smart Addison.  So so smart.  While we often hear how much you look like your mommy (and I love that!) you clearly got your daddy’s intellect.  :)  Sure you love to be creative and play like your mom and sister, but you are a problem solver and critical thinker at heart.  You love learning and are always asking questions.  You are also an amazing listener.  You pay such close attention to what is going on around you and you retain information so well.  You always amaze us with the things you remember and understand at such a young age.  You are also a hard worker Addison and I hope you never lose that quality.  It is one of my favorite things about you.  You never give up and you always give everything your full attention and do your very best.  You will go so far in life with your kindness and ability to work hard.  You are a teacher’s dream with your work ethic and stellar behavior and you have had an amazing year in first grade.  

While your dad has big dreams for you – Harvard with multiple medical degrees or maybe a nuclear scientist or perhaps someone who saves the world by solving all of our environmental problems – you and I know what direction you are really heading… FASHION!

You were born with a love for clothes and fashion and I have no clue where it came from.  :)  You have so much fun putting together different outfits and you have loved doing this since you were old enough to talk.  I have to say that so many times you walk in dressed for school and I think WOW.  Now that is cute!  And I never would have thought of putting that top with that skirt and those leggings.  It’s a true talent of yours.  I’m to a place now where I seriously go to you for advice.  Should I wear these shoes or these shoes?  Which earrings look best with this dress?  You have impeccable taste and I will not be shocked at all when the day comes that you own your own fashion line.  I’m sure you’ll throw in a few outfits that aren’t “itchy” just to please your sister.  :)

Speaking of Ellie, you are the best little sister Addison.  The other day El lost one of her favorite toys and was so worried about it.  You told her “don’t worry Ellie.  If you can’t find it I will give you all my money so you can buy a new one.”  Your grandma overheard this conversation and got a lump in her throat.  We all know how hard you work to earn money and how hard it is for you to spend it!  But you would do anything for your sister.  She is your best friend and you love her and look up to her so much.  

We always talk about how lucky you are to be a little sister AND a big sister.  Ellie isn’t the only one who adores you!  You have a little shadow who follows you around 24/7.  We hear “where’s my Addie?”  over and over every day.  Your little brother wants to do whatever you are doing and while I know this is sometimes hard for you (he doesn’t quite understand that toys aren’t always meant to be knocked down and demolished) you handle it so well and are such a good little buddy to him.  You get so excited when he learns new words and does well with his speech.  You are like a mini therapist helping him learn.  You always come running in to me “mom!  guess what Kole just said!” and we cheer and do a happy dance and Kole feels like the king of the world.  :)

You have a special relationship with your daddy.  The two of you have so much fun together camping and joking around.  You asked for a rubix cube this year for your birthday of all things!  Flashback to my childhood!  And I never liked those but it is so YOU!  You and your dad have had a blast figuring it out and then messing it up so that you can figure it out again.  Your dad always tells me that he loves that he “gets” you.  You two are alike in so many ways.  Both determined, strong willed, competitive, hard working and up for a challenge.  Both perfectionists.  El and I are a little more in the clouds while you and your daddy always have your feet planted firmly in reality.  We help you two enjoy the journey and you and your dad keep us from running into major disasters.  :)  We all help even each other out.    
Even though your personality is a mini daddy you have always been such a mamma’s girl and the two of us get along famously.  You love to organize!  We both get so excited about neatness and order.  The other day you asked me if I would help you straighten up your clothes drawers because you love it when they are nice and neat.  My heart skipped a beat!  :)  You love to cuddle and one of your favorite things is when we can have what you call “mommy Addie time” and hang out just the two of us.  It’s one of my favorite things too.  

You are such a special little girl Addison.  Every night your daddy and I still tuck you in bed and follow the same routine we started when you were a toddler.  We kiss you and then you wipe our kisses off.  Then we say “hey you wiped off our kisses!”  Then we laugh and we each kiss you again and whisper “you make me melt.”

You do make us melt Addison.  Not a day goes by that your dad and I don’t comment on what an amazing little person you are and how lucky we are to have you for a daughter.  Your sweet little personality brings so much love and happiness into our home.  I can’t imagine my life without you baby girl.  Love you so so much.



p.s.  Stop wiggling that loose front tooth!  You have grown up enough for your mom to handle at the moment.  :)

xoxo, Erin
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23 thoughts on “Dear Addison,

  1. Oh Erin. She is so sweet and so pretty!!! They grow up so fast. What a blessing your babies are.

    Happy birthday Addi! I hope all of your birthday wishes come true sweet girl.

  2. Happy Birthday to your sweet, Addison! This letter made me teary eyed…so sweet!

    My daughter just turned 6 last Thursday and because of your blog, I started a tradition to write a birthday letter to my own daughter. My husband was impressed with the letter although I can’t take all the credit as I owe it to you for idea! Thank you for helping me create a tradition that will put an extra smile on our faces every year for her birthday :)

  3. I loved learning more about Addie! She seems like such a sweet girl and she is so beautiful. I love these posts that tell us more about your kids. I’m sure she will do wonderful in whatever she chooses but I KNOW she will be a heartbreaker with all the boys after her for that smile and beautiful hair (and personality and style and intellect)!

  4. Happy Birthday Sweet Addison! Such a precious walk down memory lane. She is beautiful (and yes, looks like her momma). You have done a wonderful job raising your children Erin!!

  5. Wow! Addie is BEAUTIFUL! She seems like a great girl with so many positive traits and talents. What a great Mommy she has that recognizes, appreciates and records all of that! What a great post that will always be treasured! (That reminds me that I need to be better at recording :) Such a beautiful, sweet family!

  6. Awww, cute post. Totally made me think of my 5 year old who picks out some “interesting” outfits too. Although, hers makes me think “Oh Gosh, I hope people don’t think I dressed her!” lol

    Happy Birthday to your sweet girl!

  7. Oh thank you so much everyone! You are all so kind!

    Allyson – I love that you started the birthday letter tradition with your kids! It really is a special one. I know that someday they will love reading all of their letters. Thank you for the thank you! :)

  8. I’ve been watching her grow up too on your blog. She is adorable and smart and sweet and caring. Love your letter to her, Erin. She will treasure it when she’s grown, absolutely. Excited about your house, missing you on the blog though. Can’t wait for you all to get in it and start organizing and decorating!

  9. Such a sweet, sweet letter. This age really is SO precious!! I always want to freeze my girls just as they are now (9 and 6) and skip all the teenage years!

  10. Hey there Erin! Been thinking about you all day. I can’t believe it’s Addison’s birthday!! I remember when she was born. She’s a cutie! Takes after her mama. :). Xoxo

  11. Thank you so much!

    Sabbycat – such a sweet comment – thank you! I’ve missed blogging and you all too! And yes – equally anxious to move in and get the organizing/decorating party started. :)

  12. I love the birthday letters you write to each of your sweet babies. Your Addie is such a sweetheart, and I just adore her (and the other two as well)!! You are such a great Mother!!

  13. Oh my goodness – what a sweet, sweet girl you have! And I’m thrilled to hear that your “challenging” one is now a delight at age 7 : ) I *may* need to keep that in mind as summer approaches and my challenging one is out of preschool!

    Happy, happy birthday, Addison!

  14. Well that was the sweetest post ever, seriously. I am bawling! She is precious and you are a great Momma. I need to get back to blogging so I can record our special milestones like this. Good job and Happy Birthday Addie!

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