The Princess and the Bad Cat, January 2013.
I have so many good memories of our Princess: as a pretty baby with big blue eyes, an adorable dandelion-fluff-haired blonde toddler, a talkative little pony-tailed girl, and now as a smart, kind and headstrong young lady. Now she's crazy about horses, pets and dragons, has lots of equally smart/goofy/chatty fifth grade friends, loves to read, and wants to be a vet tech specializing in equine medicine. I think there's every chance she'll realize that last dream.
It's going to be a wild ride through the teen years with her, and I hope and pray she makes good choices. I worry about how the world will treat her. I love it that she'll still sit next to me with her head on my shoulder, just resting while we travel or watch TV. I hope she never outgrows that.