That Girl…

When it comes to conversations of Clara’s antics, it always seems to end in one or the other of us shaking our heads while saying, “That girl…”Clara

That girl has already accumulated more black eyes than I ever have.

That girl cries over the slightest injustice but doesn’t bat an eye at bloody injuries.Clara with black eye

“Hey Mom!” Clara shouts,  “Bet you didn’t notice…. THIS!” And she pulls up the leg of her pants and thrusts her foot out to show me the scratch on her ankle complete with blood smeared half way down her foot.

Me: “No, I didn’t!”

Clara: “Yeah! – Can I have a band-aid!”

Me: “Sure.”

Clara: “OK, I’ll get it!”

And off she runs, leaving me shaking my head and thinking “That girl…”Clara running


That girl is the best peacemaker in the family.

That girl has ideas and she can entertain herself with anything.Clara

One day after seeing Jane and Clara engaged in overly suspicious activities with their bedroom window, I came running upstairs to kill the fun.

Me: “We don’t throw water out the window! “We don’t throw anything out the window!”

Clara: “How about rocks?”

Me: “What about rocks?”

Clara: “Can I throw them out the window?”

That girl…



That girl is my go-to “finder” of lost objects.

That girl often has to do with why they are lost in the first place.Clara

Clara hands me a pair of poultry shears that she “found” and drops it between our bare toes.

Me: “Wow, that made my toes scared, how about you!?”

Clara giggles: “No, I knew where it was going to land.”

That girl…

Clara and the bee hives

That girl climbs trees and jumps out of them.

That girl can climb straight up a rope with just her arms.

That girl loves the beehives.

That girl collects her own duck eggs for breakfast.

That girl is never bored.Clara's fifth birthday

Yes, our conversations about Clara always end with one of us shaking our heads with half smile, as we say, “That girl…” with more than just a touch of pride.

Happy fifth birthday Clara!



9 comments on “That Girl…

  1. I’d love to hang out with Clara! Great photos!

  2. Helen says:

    What fun, both the girl and the post! Please give Clara a birthday hug from me.

  3. Once agin Jesse you’ve made me laugh out loud at my screen. Hey, Clara is starting to look like Ivy in some if these photos.. Please tell Clara Happy Birthday and give her a hug from us. Wow, 5 already? Time really flies! Thanks for your blog. I always look forward to reading it.

  4. Susie says:

    Happy Birthday Clara!

  5. NotAPunkRocker says:

    Happy birthday Clara!

  6. Becky says:

    That girl…is going to give you gray hair!
    Happy! Happy! Birthday to Clara! What an exciting little life she has going for her. Here’s to many, many more birthdays! 🙂

  7. Jerry says:

    Had (have) a daughter like that. Was never worried when she was noisy. When you suddenly realized there had been a long period of silence, that was the time to worry and investigate.

  8. Johnny says:

    One of your best posts, Jessie!

  9. […] you don’t know Clara you should pop over and read That Girl… to familiarize yourself with my fantastic middle daughter who’s known more for her death […]

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