B is for "Bird." Amber got her nickname when she was an infant, and it has just stuck since then. Her first birthday party was a Sesame Street theme so we could use the Big Bird nickname as part of the party. She still has the blanket she was given by our friend Marge that is decorated with Sesame Street characters. Sometimes the blanket is in the closet, and sometimes it is on the bed. Either way, the blanket, and the name, is never too far. Amber even uses the name for her Nintendo Mii.
This picture was taken at Amber's most recent karate competition on December 3, 2011. My cousin's son, Kyle, is in the picture with her. We didn't know he would be there, but that was a pleasant surprise. Amber looks up to Kyle, both literally and figuratively since he is six feet tall at 14-years-old, and she was SO excited to talk karate with him. This is what I love about my family. There is always someone to connect with about something in our lives. We have a very active, involved family apparently.
Amber has found her true love in karate. Each practice she goes to she gives her best effort, and her instructor is constantly telling us about Amber's potential. I wonder if they have karate scholarships to colleges?
Outside of her sport Amber loves Nintendo and just bought herself a 3DS with her gift cards from various family members. She loves all things Mario. What she doesn't know is that one of her Christmas gifts is a sheet set featuring Mario Kart. She's going to love it!