Tell us a little bit about Caaz
Caaz is a 7 year old girl living in rural central washington state, her mom and dad are farmers. They used to work and live in the city where her mom was accountant and dad was photographer-artist –graphic designer. Caaz lives with Apraxia, a speech disorder, she sometimes struggles with words and communication, but is a positive little girl. She goes to a amazing small private school in a town of Quincy, 30 miles from home, in which her parents drive her and her sister too everyday. She loves princesses, her dog JayJay the iPad, art and her sister.
Tell us a little bit about Michelle (Caaz’s Mom):
We are now farmers, but before we became farmers, and before Caaz, we lived in Burlington Vermont for 7 years. Caaz was born in Vermont, I worked as a senior accountant at a CPA firm. Caaz’s dad was a freelance creative and worked for companies in the Northeast. We decided in 2006 when Caaz was one
to move back to the Northwest where both my husband and I are from. We first moved back to Seattle area where my husband did some freelance art directing and I was pregnant with our second child (Izzi) while I took care of Caaz. We decided to move back to the farm, where I am from in November of 2006. We started off as farm workers for my dad, has a 50 acre cherry orchard and alfalfa fields. Over the years we are now running the Alfalfa on our own. I also run a organic strawberry patch. My husband concentrates on the running and maintenance of the equipment, and we also volunteer with a small sustainable organic farm down the road. With the kids in school we have a bunch more free time, I read a ton in the winter and my husband cooks and does his photography and art work.
What does Caaz get excited about, and what is she likely to take photos of?
She loves her grandparents, and her sister. She loves school and her teachers too.
She likes to take photos of her dogs, chickens, cats, and other animals, and her sister.
She loves doing self portraits and dressing up.
What do you think will be the biggest adventure/challenge for Caaz as she grows towards 100 years old?
Caaz’s Apraxia has been her biggest challenge, her language skills are that of about a 4 year old, but her emotional and cognitive skills are equal or above a 7-9 year old.
Communication and learning will be her adventure and her ability to find ways to communicate that are creative may be a challenge but she loves to learn
and travel with her parents, and do new things.
What one thing have you learned from Caaz?
That I can’t have 5 minutes of quiet, ha ha, the trials of kids..
No, Caaz’s positive attitude is infectious. Even with her challenges with communication, she is a positive fun little girl.