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Anikka's Birthday Interview // 11

Anikka is 11 today! This year she has grown in so many ways--she is so tall (!) now, and has started to love dance again, after many years haitus. She is always moving: kart-wheeling, bouncing on her huge yoga ball, or jumping around on our mini trampoline. She still loves reading and art, and does both of those in the majority of her free time. She has gained more friendships this year and has been practicing bravery and is seeing the fruit of that in various aspects of her life. We're so proud of her! We love you, Beaner!

Ani practicing flexibility 
What is your favorite color? blue 
Who are some of your friends? Lilah, Audrey, Anya, Marie, Kate, Ophelia, Charlotte, Charlee, Summer, Emily, Isla, Kathryn, Anna, CJ
What do you want to be when you grow up? a mom
What makes you happy? kittens
What makes you sad? movies about dogs dying!

What is your favorite animal? cats
What is your favorite book?  The Girl Who Sailed the Stars
What is your favorite thing to do with Mom? read a book, or bak…
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December Titles // 2019

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A few of the stack 
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