This morning when you woke up, you became six years old. Well, technically, it won't happen until around 2:30 pm, but who's keeping track? I know parents say this all of the time, but I really don't know where the time has gone. Somedays it feels like these last six years have flown by and other days, you give me a real run for my money.
This year you learned a TON of new things. Daddy taught you to ride a bike without training wheels. I taught you how to read. You taught yourself how to love your brother even more (well, you might have had a little coaxing from Mom and Dad). You are even about to complete your first year of school (Kindergarten!) and have learned math, reading, and writing.
You also discovered a love for swimming and proved that you could spend upwards of 6 hours in a pool in one day if we would let you. You are like a fish when you get in the water. You slap on your mask and you are on the go! I love watching you play in the water and have so much fun.
We even surprised you and went to Disney World this year. The look on your face was priceless when we told you we were flying to Florida. Today. To see Mickey. It was such a special time for all of us together at Disney World and I'll never forget that you rode Expedition Everest NINE times as my brave, adventurous little boy.
You grew a lot this year both in stature and in spirit. Do you know what that means? Sorry for using big words, but those are the right ones to use sometimes. You are quickly gaining on me in height and the top of your head is now just about up to my chin. When I carry you, your feet are almost touching the ground. Pretty soon you'll be carrying me!
By spirit, I mean your personality and the young man you are and are becoming. You are so friendly and outgoing. I watch you meet kids at the park with gusto, coming up with some complicated make-believe world together moments after you greet them. I've watched you buy a Bible for your friend at church so she can have one with "books and verses and stuff." I've watched you endure some bullying and heard you tell us that you learned to stand up for yourself and that God is helping you stay strong.
My most favorite part of the day is when we tuck you in at night and you ask me to stick around a bit longer to lay with you. You end up telling me about what you were thinking during the day and you ask me all sorts of questions about myself. Sometimes we just talk about our favorite colors and things to eat, but every once in awhile we talk about how much you love Teddy and what you and your friends talked about that day. I love it that you want to talk to me and tell me what's on your heart.
I love that you are kind, loving, smart, talkative, friendly, generous, outgoing, brave and adventurous. Most of all, I love that you are learning more and more about God and who He wants you to be. You truly love God and love others. I am so proud to be your Mommy. My life is so much better because you are in it.
Here was your Power Rangers birthday surprise this morning. You woke me up to tell me how much you loved it.
Helping mommy test some light...
You have so many cool Power Rangers moves.
These were your ideas of good poses. Top left. Oh my.
You and your handsome, handsome suit for the Royal Ball at church.
I think you're so funny and apparently you do, too. Here you are cracking up at a video of yourself, mismatched socks and all.