It's hard to believe that it has been 10 years since Finley chose us to be her parents. When people say "the days are long but the years are short" they could not be more accurate.
Finley loves math so much and would happily do it all day every day if she could. Her dream is still to move to Houston and becaome an astronaut for NASA. She is in the recycling group at school and it is one of her favorite things to do. She loves dogs especially my sister's dog Abby. She loves facetiming with her friends, hates reading, loves wearing lipgloss and has experimenting with eyeshadow which has been interesting to watch haha. She hates brushing her hair and is only a little better at showering. She still loves all things unicorns and Paris and singing on her karaoke microphone. She loves Taylor Swift, the Mamma Mia soundtracks and Shallow from Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper amongst others. She loves watching The Greatest Showman and singing along to it .
She loves writing stories, performing concerts for Greg and I, she loves doing science experiments and lately has been obsessed with painting. She has a crazy imagination that continues to grow as she gets older.
We have tried to shield her from the stories of hatred and intolerance in today's world but it is becoming harder and harder to do so. She hears about them from her friends and they discuss them at school. She has a lot of questions that we unfortunately don't have the answers to. She wants to make the world a better and safer place and is so full of compassion that I have no doubt that is she going to leave her mark on this world soon.
This photo was taken at the end of September on school picture day and it is where i noticed how much finley has changed in recent months. The way she dresses, the way she acts, the way she brushes her hair on the days that she actually does it (this is a huge battle in our house every day). This photo made me happy and sad for so many different reasons.
Finley has such an adventurous spirit and I hope that this is something that continues as she gets older. She is always up for a hike, a bike ride, a bike pack trip, a backpacking trip, cross country skiing, hanging out in the water or just going for a scooter around the block. She loves being outside and the harder the adventure, the happier she seems to be. She is clearly like her dad in that way hahah. She has hiked and biked and backpacked more than most adults and she is only just turning 10 today!!! Her strength and determination blow me away most days.
This summer she switched soccer teams and it was literally the best thing to happen to her. She rediscovered her love of the game and her confidence soared higher than it has ever been before. I honestly thought she wouldn't play for much longer but now i don't know if she will stop. It is amazing what happens when you have the right teammates and coaches supporting you. She is on the same team for indoor and at their first game on Saturday, she scored one goal and had 2 assists as her team won 9-0. She is also excited that they get to keep score officially again. Although officially they won 5-0 haha.
She loves helping her dad on home construction projects and was very excited to lay concrete in the basement bathroom when we finally got around to adding a shower down there in January. This is her bathroom and she did a lot of the work in there to make happen.
Probably the biggest change of 2018 was that earlier this month she moved from her bedroom upstairs with the rest of us to the basement on her own. We had planned on doing this in the next year or two but it ended up happening earlier. When she first went down, we had masking tape outlining her room but 3 weeks later, she has a door and all the drywall up so it feels like a real room. I was sad when she went downstairs even though I knew it would save my sanity but she is really happy down there and since the wifi is really crappy she is upstairs most of the time anyways haha.
Happy 10th Birthday Finley!! We can't wait to see what you do next!