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MY KARIN
Karin is a monkey in disguise.

Karin is a girl learning how to become a young woman.

Karin has a top made out of rubber and a bottom made out of springs. She's bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy, fun fun fun fun fun. And wonderful!

Just like her brother, Karin's favorite food is sushi. Her next favorite food is creamy crab nachos.

Whenever Karin asks you what your favorite something is, be prepared, because as soon as you answer, she'll say, "And after that?"

Karin's mobile phone is glued to her hand and she gets frantic if I try and take it away from her. She's handing it to me right now to prove me wrong. She can text faster with one thumb than I can with 10 fingers.

Karin loves to be active, but she also likes reading. Her favorite books are the Hunger Games and Uglies series.

Every night, Karin asks me to come lie down with her for a bit before she goes to sleep. I should say yes more often.

Karin can make me laugh even when she's making me want to pound her into the ground.

Karin is strong and flexible and quick like lightning.

Karin plays soccer and innebandy (floorball) like a champ. She even plays goalie sometimes and she's a junior referee.

Karin has big brown eyes and a heart-shaped face.

Karin makes hilarious grimaces and can manipulate the small muscles around her eyes like no one I've ever seen. She can even roll her tongue into a flower shape!

Karin likes to sing, but sometimes her needle gets stuck and then I have to yell at her to stop repeating the same phrase over and over. She loves music and listens to Spotify when she's on the computer.

Karin saved her own money to buy a Playstation 3 and right now she's saving up money for something special but she doesn't know for sure what it is yet.

Karin is a technology geek and would like to always have the latest, coolest gadget (she gets that from her dad).

Karin is a lot smarter than she'll admit to being.

Karin's favorite movies are the Twilight series and Avatar.

Karin doesn't like being alone.

Whenever we have parent-teacher conferences, all I hear is how great Karin is as a student.

Karin likes to be tickled but not in the small of her back.

Karin is watching me write this and keeps looking up at me and laughing. :)

Karin used to be a tomboy, but now she says she's just a girl.

Karin is a great hug-giver and she always says yes when I ask if she'll rub my neck.

She's 12 years old and in the 6th grade. She is friends with everyone, but her best friends are Moa, Emma, Sara, Elin, Alice, Julia and Hanna. She had a hard time cutting that list down.

Karin is growing rapidly and even though I can still rest my chin on the top of her head, it's tilted backwards when I do. Her feet are bigger than mine.

Karin is so cute sometimes I just want to gobble her up. I like to look at her when she's not paying attention, because she's so beautiful.

Karin tries my patience nearly every day; my mom says she was put on this earth to TEACH me patience. I'm not sure whether it's working, but at least it's energizing.

Living with Karin is very intense, but I can't imagine my life without her. I'm so glad I have her around!
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mood: cheerful
music: Karin singing The Lollipop Song (which is better than her singing "girls on film" over and over)
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What a sweet list!

And really, what is up with the whole Girls on Film thing? Charlie does the same and it drives me crazy.

It's sampled in a Nelly clothing commercial, apparently.

It's also used in a very exploitative British commercial for sofas, sung by a waif-like girl with too much eye-shadow and boobs that can't possibly be her own.

So she's a tigger as well as a monkey?

Strange, but true! :D

I loved reading this list! You have inspired me. I want to make lists like this for my kids, now.

It needs to be done!

What a great tribute! I want to do something like this for my girls every year, so I will remember. Does Karin know that some libraries let you borrow (or rent, rather) Wii and Playstation games? Ours charges 20 SEK for two weeks, which is a heck of a lot better than buying something expensive that turns out to be lame.

I don't know if she remembers that fact...I'll remind her! :) We have a little library right here in Flyinge AND she has an excellent one at her school.

What a wonderful list. No wonder it made Karin laugh-which, I assume, translates to happy?

From Megsie

Oh, Karin! She sounds wonderful! You are so lucky to have a daughter who has such talent and has the brains PLUS the beauty... I loved this, and I wish I could meet her too! (Would she rub MY neck?)

Re: From Megsie

She is wonderful and I AM lucky! And yes, she is planning to be a massage therapist when she grows up (right now), so she's up for rubbing anyone's neck!

(Anonymous)

How wonderful and you even controlled yourself to not write about how she sets you off sometimes! :0 She is a delight to have around - send her here! NOW! AND add Martin! I need another Swedish kid fix! Love, Lizardmom

Well, to be fair, they BOTH set me off. But I set THEM off, too... so normal regular parent-child relationships much? :D

I think YOU should come back! How about for Christmas??!

(Anonymous)
I LOVED this-- and hope I get to meet Karin before she is all grown up

whoops started writing in the subject line... ha ha-- but it's all true.

What kids you have, Liz!!!!!

xoxo, E

(Anonymous)
swedish kid fix

omg-- that made me howl!

who needs swedish fish-- buy a swedish kid fix-- magically delicious!

xoxo, E

Re: swedish kid fix

:D I didn't even think of it that way. Haaa!

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