Happy Birthday!!! Although my tummy still hurts from your birthday dinner at Friendlys (and I, once again, couldn’t resist the Forbidden Fudge Brownie Sundae), I wanted to take time to look back on the last year and tell you how amazing and wonderful you are.
One of the biggest things that has changed since last year is that your sense of humor is coming out in full force. Besides beginning to master the fine art of sarcasm, you are also demonstrating a quick wit that amuses me to no end. This morning when you told that me wanted your breakfast “to go” (so you could eat it on your monkey tray while watching TV), I had to chuckle. You’re just full of witticisms and silliness (although you still don’t know how to quit when you’re ahead), and I’m enjoying seeing this more sophisticated side of you. (Of course, you still think that anything dealing with poop or pee is the FUNNIEST THING EVER. It isn’t. I know Daddy laughs but that is because he is emotionally immature.)
Seeing you blossom socially has also warmed my heart. You’ve come into your own, and seeing you shed much of the shyness that held you back before makes me happy. The fact that kids ring the doorbell day and night to see if you can play shows me that you are a good friend and fun to be with. Of course, you still need to work on controlling that temper of yours when things don’t quite go your way, but you’re getting more mature every day. And the fact that I don’t have to tell you 1,365,353 times to clean up and come in for dinner is a big relief and it makes me feel more kindly toward you.
You’re also doing great in school, and that makes both Daddy and I proud. Although we knew you would probably be a smart kid (after all, look at your genes … HAHA!), you made us extra proud by qualifying for the Talented and Gifted program on your test scores alone. WOW! This is a great opportunity for you to take on new challenges and I’m thrilled for you.
As far as soccer … well, let’s not go there. You’re in a Bad News Bears situation there, and all Daddy and I hope is that you have fun and at least look like you want to be playing.
It has been fun seeing you pursue karate this year. Since I can’t quite remember (let alone master) the 19 steps of Chon Ji, I’m impressed that you can. But you do need to work on that shoulder roll! I’m convinced you aren’t doing it right.
I’m really proud to be your mom and, after some bumps in the road this summer behavior-wise, I feel like we are on a good path. Your behavior lately has been really improved, and I hope you see how much more relaxed I am since I don’t have to tell you to do something over and over and over and resort to yelling. See … it IS easier to just do it when I ask and get it over with!!! (And wasn’t I right that a kid your age doesn’t need a phone? I TOLD YOU SO!) I had to laugh today when the mom of one of your new friends told me her daughter told her that you were “really nice” and “not a behavior problem.” It made me proud to hear that about you.
So keep up the good work! Life is about having fun but also working hard and doing your best. It seems that you are beginning to figure that out, and I know that you can have the world on a platter if you apply all your talents and use the good things you have going for you.
P.S. You need to stop resisting us on the frequency of baths and showers though! When you can see the outline of your socks because of all the dirt around your ankles, that isn’t a good thing.
P.P.S. I’m hoping your birthday party on Saturday is going to be fun. Just pray for sun. If I must have 11 kids in the house, I’m going to have a nervous breakdown.
P.P.P.S. It was really impressive when you correctly guessed “Venice” when we were playing Pictionary the other day.
P.P.P.P.S. The fact that you chose to finish reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane rather than watch TV the other day made me super duper happy. If I raise you to be a reader, I’ll consider my job as a parent well done.