There you have it. I blinked, and now I have a teenager!
Some things I expected with a teenager (a little bit of envelope-pushing that keeps me on my toes) and some things I didn’t (her interests remained the same as the last few years). Mia still loves reading, collecting stuffed animals (curses to whoever invented Pusheen – haha), creating handmade toys, and the color aqua.
She still wakes up at 6am no matter what, laughs at my jokes, and can’t resist picking up any book she passes on her way to eating/sleeping/showering/leaving/doing her homework. 🙂
She is the same big-hearted, caring soul as when she was a toddler giving away all her snacks to her friends even when she was hungry and the preschooler who rushed to cheer up crying strangers at the park.
For her birthday shoot this year, we agreed it needed to represent her everyday self. It can’t be “styled”, like the Fairytale Shoot. Or while wearing things she doesn’t normally wear, like the hat in last year’s shoot. So Mia wore clothes she’d wear to school, brushed her hair, and grabbed her favorite baseball cap and a book that was lying on the table. Simple.
We drove 5 minutes from our house since the location wasn’t the highlight; it was my Mia Pie. ❤️