This is the face of a girl who has been asking for a skateboard for 4 years. Look at that pure joy.

She saw a movie about skateboarding back in 2016 that we were watching and I guess it made quite an impression on her (obviously haha). She's had other interests over time but she'd always come back around to asking for a skateboard again.

A couple of months ago we started doing the daily free live online art jams that Peace of Wood in Ocean City NJ has been doing and she has just blossomed. Her art, her personality; this whole quarantine/stay at home thing has seemed to make her grow up so much, which normally would make me sad, but I absolutely adore the little lady she's growing into. Anyway, back to art jams... they were doing a contest where you could win a skate deck or 10 free in person skate jams (when they open back up) and she came to me and asked if she could enter, I'm like sure! She told me "maybe I can finally get a skateboard this way" (cue the mom guilt lol). She entered the contest, and when she didn't win, instead of being sad, she was happy for the kid who won and said "maybe I'll win next time", and then asked if she could sell her dollhouse (since she hadn't played with it much for the past year) to save up for a skateboard. I said why not and she ended up selling it and made $45!

She was on her way to getting that skateboard and was so excited. We ended up taking care of the rest (so it wouldn't take her 5 billion years to get it haha) and here she is now... the happiest little skateboarder. We waited so long to let her get one because we were honestly kind of worried about her getting hurt, but it's been her dream to skateboard for years and I think the wait just made it that much sweeter for her and made her appreciate it even more.

I shared a video last week in my Instagram stories of her unboxing it (it's now saved to my highlights on there in case you need a dose of cuteness) and it's pretty much the sweetest thing ever. She had originally wanted a mint Penny skateboard with pink wheels, but then decided last year that she wanted this beautiful sage green penny board (good choice if you ask me because that color is absolute perfection). She spent her first day with it indoors getting the hang of it, falling a lot and getting right back up to try again, even finally doing some actual skateboarding! So proud of her!

She has since gotten her helmet and other protective gear (knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards) and ventured outdoors. She's fallen a few times, gotten right back up and kept going (thankfully the protective equipment kept her from getting scraped up so far). She is doing so great and having the absolute best time learning. She gets on and goes cruising across the parking lot while yelling "woohooo" and is just the raddest kid ever.

I keep telling her that she's joined the "brave girls club", because she's been so fearless trying new things and putting herself out there these past few months, picking herself back up and trying again when she falls, and for doing things even when she is nervous.

Wanna hear something super awesome? A few days after she got her skateboard in the mail, she entered another contest that Peace of Wood was having, she's been entering every week for 6 weeks, and she finally wonnnn! So she has another skateboard on the way. What's better than 1 skateboard? 2 of course! I love, love, love that she was so persistent and determined and that it paid off. She wanted the Penny board to learn on and then had already been talking about maybe getting another (wooden deck) skateboard sometime in the future, because it her words she "needed one to learn and cruise on", and then she "needed one to learn tricks on" haha, cutest girl ever. She is beyond stoked, she totally screamed from happiness when Kristina (from Peace of Wood) called her name as the winner and has been walking, er skating, on clouds ever since.

My girl, with a sparkle in her eye, joy in her heart, determined and full of kindness, ready to take on the world. Here's to living slow and skating fast!

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