Elijah! Dude, you are six. Can you even believe it? Six years old! You have grown up so much this year, and I love getting to be your mom as you grow! I am watching your childhood happen right before my eyes. I love that I get to be in it with you!
You are awesome! So precise. So creative. So smart. So silly. So tall. So amazing. I love you so much!
You create the most elaborate worlds with your Legos. You’ve built all kinds of worlds with themes ranging from the Lego Movie to Angry Birds to Transformers to Minecraft to Shopkins…all just from Legos. You can see things in all your random Lego pieces before they come to be. And then you make it happen. Your creativity is phenomenal. Both dad and I are super impressed with your creative worlds. Lately, you’ve even begun drawing stories and narrating them to us as you draw the action in them. I love this!
You’ve become so good at school this year. Over this year in kindergarten, I have watched you become a learner. You are absorbing so much and making connections all over the place…tying in things from school to shows you’ve watched to the world around you. You are a total math whiz, doing mental math all the time. You have also begun to read, which is a big deal because learning to read is h-a-r-d work! I love remembering the day that you told Solomon that you couldn’t wait for him to start kindergarten because then he could learn how to read, your words full of anticipation and excitement for him also to gain what you’ve learned this past year!
You are growing up in how you handle problems, struggles, conflicts with your brothers, desires and wants. I see you growing in maturity. It’s super cool to see.
You also are connecting with Jesus in your own way, and I see that connection actually settling your soul. I don’t even want to write any more here because this is so your own thing that I don’t want to over-define your spiritual reality for you. It’s just super cool!
You are a great brother and an awesome son. You bring so much to our family, and I am so, so glad that God put you in this family of ours! I love you so much and have learned so much by being your mom.
You are a really fun person! You have really gotten into Angry Birds lately, watching the show, playing all the different Angry Birds games on the phone, and even playing with the K’nex sets of Angry Birds. You love them. You also love Star Wars, the Justice League, and the Avengers. You love your Imaginext figures and play with them almost daily. You also love your Legos. You love your Nabi. “Nabi time” is such a fun way to learn and play for you!
You also really love bananas lately. You literally eat 2-3 bananas a day right now. Bananas, bacon, bread with strawberry jelly, chocolate milk, pickles, cucumbers with Italian dressing, BBQ chips, McDonald’s cheeseburgers, Kit Kats, and Sour Patch kids are some of your favorite foods. You have branched out and tried more new foods this year than ever before. So, that’s pretty cool!
You really have grown up so much this past year! You are such an awesome kid! And I am so glad I get to be your mom!
Happy sixth birthday, buddy!