“Ya Ya”: The Oldest
The nickname donned by her little brother (Chief) since he had trouble pronouncing her real name.
Oh goodness, where do we start with this lady? I say, lady because the sass factor she has at her disposal will turn an old woman away. I often say she is sweet and sour. That assessment comes because at times she is the sweetest girl on this earth, then if you make her mad…she will definitely let you know about yourself…with brutal honesty.
Ya Ya came to bless our family when we lived in Baton Rouge Louisiana when my wife and I were in graduate school. From the start, she was a sweet and sour joy, and from the start, we knew we had a trailblazer. Geez, she was ready to trip around with her parents from the start. Whether to a beach, canoeing or walking a pleasant park, she was always game.
Through the years we have been very proud of her growth as a child. Like I mentioned she is very sweet. She is able to gauge when people need things and is quick to help them out when she can. At a very young age, she mastered motor skills pretty quickly. I must admit I think I was overbearing in the beginning, but you know…parenting is a learning experience. I’m proud how quickly writing, eating and building crafts came to her. I remember the first time I took her snowboarding. I was extremely impressed and proud of how well she grasped things. She did better than I did when I started at 18. I think she is pretentious–time will tell.
She is five now and will be starting Kindergarten real soon. The time is flying and it is sort of sad. To remedy the sorrow, I will document all that I can about my kids and their growth. I appreciate you taking the time to learn a little about Ya Ya. You will see her often, perhaps you will feel you know her a little more as she is featured on Gneiss Life with Chief.
FAVORITE MUSIC: Janelle Monae, Diamonds- Rihanna, Moana Soundtrack, Frozen Soundtrack
FAVORITE ACTIVITIES: Running, photography, coloring, reading, hiking, swimming, snowboarding
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