Wednesday, July 16, 2014

For Collin

Dear Collin,

Last week you turned eight! I can't believe it. It seriously seems like yesterday we were celebrating your second birthday. It was Thomas the Train, and you still had a binky! How did you grow up so fast on me? You are such a great boy. Your smile melts my heart!

At eight years old, you are the best brother. I should say you are still the best brother because you always have been. You have a sweet spot in your heart for all of your sisters. I love the sweet voice you talk to Lyla with and I love the way you can hang with Sophie and Ruby no matter what it is they are playing. Everyone asks me if you are so excited to be getting a baby brother in October. I always tell them you are, but the truth is, I think you would be equally excited about getting a new baby sister. You love deeply and it shows in the relationships that you have.

Just about your favorite thing right now is video games and technology. You love playing Minecraft, Skylanders, and Mario Cart. You could spend all day playing them if I let you! You just saved up enough money to buy your very own tablet. It came in the mail today and you were so excited. The first thing you did on it was watch Minecraft tutorials on You Tube. You love finding new ways to perfect your game!

You are still racing BMX with your Dad. You advanced to intermediate this year and it is so fun to watch you race. It looked like you might be loosing interest in racing, but your interest has picked back up again and you are racing hard. I think the snow cones at the track may have something to do with that!!! You also like spending this one on one time with your Dad, and I know that those times mean a lot to him as well.

Collin you are such a smart boy! You finished up Second grade last month and did so well. You passed off all of your addition and subtraction facts and almost all of your multiplication facts. You are a great reader and love to read big books. The bigger the better! You have a love for facts and science. You always ask great questions. Questions that I often times don't know the answer to. Right now you are enjoying Summer, but I know that before too long you will be eager to start school again!

Your favorite things as you turn eight are: the color green, video games, pizza with sausage and black olives, playing with friends, and BMX racing.

Happy Birthday, Collin. I love you so much. I'm so proud of the young man you are growing up to be. You are such a special boy and a blessing to our family.
Love you.

July 10, 2014. Collin's Eighth Birthday!

Collin had birthday! 
He chose to have a backyard campout with a few of his friends. It was so fun and right up his alley. The kids ate hot dogs, painted birdhouses, had a marsh-mellow fight, played horseshoes, and roasted s'mores. We sang happy birthday to the birthday boy and ate some yummy s'more cupcakes. It was a great night full of lots of laughs!

Happy Birthday, buddy!