I know, I know… I missed last year completely. I apologize for that, and simply say that we both know I’m imperfect but that I love you more than my imperfections imply. Imp.
So much has happened during the last year I can hardly quantify it. You’ve learned to read and are doing fantastically at it – you’re one of the top readers in your class and you *love* reading. You’re desperate to start reading chapter books with big chapters, but are just shy of capable. Close… so close. I’ll give it another few months, I expect. For now you love Frog & Toad and Henry & Mudge and keep telling me about Cam Jansen (book at school).
This past summer you learned how to ride a bike (!!!) and love doing so.
You also learned how to swim, and though you tend to goof around during lessons more than I’d like, you do it (swim) well.
I’m hoping to teach you how to skate this winter, at the local outdoor rink.
You’ve really flourished in your love of art this year, and we have many of your school artworks framed and on the walls.
I can’t wait to see what you bring home this year! Often we can find you at the dining table working on something artistic or other – drawing, cutting, origami, painting, you name it! You made a fairly decent, functional beyblade stadium for Ethan, and made a lovey card for me because you thought I was sad (I had a headache). I love that you spend so much of your crafting time making things for others, and love even more how much you’ve taken to taking care of us. You’re much more aware, these days, of people’s emotional state and how you can help.
That’s another thing you’ve jumped on this year – helping. You *love* being helpful and literally run to the kitchen to empty the dishwasher.
For your birthday we “surprised” you with a trip to Jay Peak’s indoor waterpark. I say “surprise” because you knew we were going *some*where, but not where. Though we asked, you wanted us to not tell you and keep it a surprise. We had an absolute blast there, and you were very well-behaved and waited in line and for other’s to clear slides before you threw yourself down them. You loved the kiddie area with the fountains and jets of water and kid-friendly slides and, just as much, loved the big tube slides that we could go down in pairs though I think your favourite was the single slide that you could do on your own. We gave you lots of free-rein to see how you’d do and you were awesome!
In general buddy, you are always awesome! You’re still learning how to deal with some existential emotions and how you’re perceived by others, but you have a wonderfully considerate, kind heart. You’re almost always game to try new things (salad, this weekend!) I can’t wait to see what new things you show us you can do this coming year!