So much in fact, that she has been sleeping with his hook... He came to her Tinkerbell party wearing it as part of his costume; she hasn't been quite ready to give it back!
Her best friend is now the sweetest little boy named S~~. They are both absolutely smitten. They run around holding hands, I've glimpsed him stroking her hair, and she pretends to have a hard time zipping her coat when leaving school if he's still there so they can walk out together. They had a few playdates last weekend and then have played a few times outside of school this week as well; we've had some unexpected difficulties these past two days (I'll write more about that later) that required emergency help with watching the kids and S~~'s mom--and his grandma who's visiting from CA--have been wonderful! The girls were thrilled to spend time at at their house, too.
Today Natalia and S~~ did NOT want to say good bye, knowing that they wouldn't see each other until the middle of January. She'll be in the US; he'll be in Australia. Talk about a long-distance relationship--but Natalia has already asked about e-mailing him :-) As we left, they hugged each other over and over, even exchanging a few sweet kisses. Natalia sighed in the elevator and had a dreamy happy look the whole way home. As we rode our elevator upstairs, she declared, "I have a wonderful secret" and she wouldn't tell me...
I asked a few more questions, and she blushed so sweetly... "When I think about S~~, my heart wants to kiss him." Me: "Really? How come?" Natalia: "Because I love him and one day he's going to make me his princess."
The other day she wrote him a little note, "Thank you for making my happy and love."
I had already decided to post about this, and then I read my friend Katya's blog! What a coincidence; today she wrote about her first-grade son's first declarations of love!