Completely Gratuitous Post About My Girls

Since K has basically grown up here on the blog, the only one of my four to be born after I started blogging, and since today is her 6th (!) birthday, I figured I’d celebrate by letting y’all know what the four of them are up to these days.

K is still our most active child, climbing on anything and everything, begging to be put into gymnastics or swimming classes. She is reading the Betsy-Tacy books with her dad these days, which has led to a desire to go on “adventures”. She constantly laments that she never has enough to do, and so she has developed a talent for inventing things. These mostly involve her older sisters; it’s quite nice to have a couple built-in playmates.

The latest “adventure” was digging a “raccoon trap/home” in the field behind our house with a couple of neighbor kids.

Which brings me to eight-year-old A.

She is our resident math-whiz (“I like math!”), Percy Jackson fan (well, not the only one, but definitely the most passionate), Harry Potter nut (ditto), and proud Nerd (“Nerds rule!”) She has a fear of boys and tuxes (especially boys in tuxes), and loves the band One Direction. Huh. She must have older sisters.

C is 12 now, and is growing into a lovely young woman.

She’s still into writing and drama, begging to be put into drama classes and constantly writing stories. She has recently discovered a passion for dystopian fiction, devouring the Hunger Games trilogy and obsessing over the movie. (Yes, we did. Opening night.) She also has discovered spy books: she adores Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls series, and was thrilled when she came to town a couple weeks ago. She asked a couple questions during the Q&A, and was doubly thrilled when Ally commented that they were good questions when she signed our books.

And M, our resident high schooler?

 She’s obsessed with all things India (initiated by a post by favorite author Kristin Cashore) and is currently working towards graduating early so she can spend a year in New Delhi on a student exchange. I still have trouble keeping her in books (right now she’s devouring the Hex Hall series), and she’s still all over the map (though she prefers fantasy) when it comes to reading. She recently splurged and bought herself this:

(She loves her Nook.) Hopefully, that’ll help with the keeping her in books problem…

There you have it: my four beautiful, smart, amazing daughters. (No, I’m not biased.) Thanks for letting me gush like this. A mom has to, every once in a while.

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10 thoughts on “Completely Gratuitous Post About My Girls

  1. Great post about the girls. We think they are awesome, smart, charming, virtuous, funny and praiseworthy. And we are not prejudice. (I especially liked the picture of the girls with the rabbit ears. They are related to someone I know.)

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  2. Ms. Yingling: I know! We've been exploring them as we come across them. The latest I finished was Karma; an interesting look on the Sikh-Hindu conflict in the wake of Indira Ghandi's assassination. What ones would you recommend?

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  3. Here are just a few that she might like. There are a ton of interesting adult ones as well!
    Brian, Kate. Lucky T.
    Ellis, Deborah. No Ordinary Day.
    Hidier,Tanuja Desai. Born Confused.
    Krishnaswami, Uma. Naming Maya.
    McCormick, Patricia. Sold.
    Schroder, Monika. Saraswati's Way.
    Sheth, Kashmira. Boys without Names.
    Sheth, Kashmira. Keeping Corner.
    Sheth, Kashmira.Koyal Dark, Mango Sweet.
    Staples, Suzanne Fisher. Shiva's Fire.
    Venkaraman, Padma. Climbing the Stairs.
    Whelan, Gloria. Homeless Bird

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  4. What lovely girls! Thanks for sharing.

    Viz India–at that age I read Kipling's Kim for the first time, and fell hard for it. I read A Passage to India around then too, and was distressed…

    She might also enjoy Toads and Diamonds, by Heather Tomlinson.

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  5. of course you should gush occasionally, and your reasons seem well founded to me!

    my own daughter N (nearly-12) is really into dystopian fiction now too–if C has some “must reads” in that direction…

    ~L (omphaloskepsis)

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