Oh my sweet babies. You are both growing up in the blink of an eye. I try to hard to memorize and photograph all your little details because I am so afraid they will fade from my mind. We can't even remember what we did before you two. Its like we were always waiting to be your parents.
Henry, last week you turned six years old. Six! You decided that to celebrate your birthday this year you wanted to go play putt-putt golf and ride go-carts with the Gilliams. Such a fun afternoon! Afterward we headed back to the house for a small celebration. Your one request for your party was to do apple bobbing and it was pretty entertaining to watch!
I didn't think the adults could be any more entertained- until we tied donuts to the basketball goal. Then we just sat back and watched.
Afterwards it was back inside for cake & ice cream with our friends. You picked a Darth Vader cake this year. What a shocker, little Will Zuill.
On the day you turned six we were outside doing photos of you and Charlie when Mr. Noli from next door came over to chat with us. He was out working on his tractor and guess who got a birthday ride?
On your birthday I asked you the same list of questions as last year-
What is your favorite color? red
What is your favorite toy? legos
What is your favorite animal? cats
What is your favorite breakfast? chocolate chip pancakes
What is your favorite dinner? spaghetti
What is your favorite holiday? Halloween
Where if your favorite place to visit? England
What do you want to be when you grow up? I don't know
What are you best at? Building lego creations
Who are your best friends? Ava & Olivia
You can now ride your bicycle without the training wheels and you know how to swim. You continue to amaze us with your big brother skills. Charlie loves to watch you dance and sing for her. You make her laugh and smile so big. You love to run next door to play with your best pals and love riding the bus home with them in the afternoons. You still love to be read to, although your own reading skills are exploding at an impressive pace. Mrs. Walker tells us what an amazing student you are. "Henry is a joy." is what we were told at the first parent/teacher conference. Such a true statement. Henry, you are joyful and smart, kind and loving. We are so thankful we get to be your parents.
And Charlie, here you are over halfway through your first year! Already! You are little Miss Personality most days. You like to play "Where's Charlie?", putting a washcloth over your head and then pulling it off so that we'll say "There she is!". You smile so big at that one. Some days your fight naps like the devil and some days you'll nap for 2 1/2 hours without a peep. You've turned into a great nighttime sleeper most nights which your mama appreciates more than you know! You still love bath time- although getting you to actually sit in the bath is a challenge these days. You are figuring out that those arms and legs of yours have mobility potential and you in a hurry to take advantage of that fact. You are so close to crawling and are also so aggravated that you can't figure out the last couple of steps. It won't be long. A friend of ours gave us a hand-me-down that came with hours of Charlie approved entertainment. A pink piano. You are in love.
Daddy and I took both of you out last week for a few photos (under the one tree in our yard that actually looks like Fall). Our boy at 6 years and our girl at 6 months. Our world.
Charlie, you began to tire of our antics before long, so we came up with something a little more fun than just sitting still and smiling pretty.
You two are our amazing & wonderful babies, and the lights of our lives. We are so proud of both of you and are so thankful to watch you grow!