Today you are nine! I have loved to watch you grow and develop this year, and see the awesome person that you have become. You are very happy and loving, always eager to join in with your sister in play, or your dad and I with cooking or projects around the house. You continue to excel in school, and enjoy learning in math, science, social studies, and English the most. Math is your favourite subject, a fact that surprises neither your dad, nor I. We both love it too. It’s neat to watch you learn, and I love that I get to hang out in your class one day a week to do just that!
You still love to play hockey, and this year you played as both a skater and a goalie. Your season had some wonderful highs, and some difficult lows, but you played with a great group of friends (including your sister!) and that helped you to stay grounded and keep having fun. This past summer you fell fully in love with golf, having found the perfect course to learn on when we stayed with your Grandma in Meaford. You played many rounds in the time we were there, and shot par on a few holes! You also started to take Jiu Jitsu, and are really enjoying the challenge it brings.
This year was all about the HOT CAR for you. Overnight, you went from knowing nothing about cars to needing to know everything. You not only want to know the specs, you wanted to know the history and the mechanics of each car, so you set out to learn as much as you could about all the “hot” cars. From looking at recess with your friends, to research on the internet and in libraries, and hangning out in dealerships, you have become quite the expert. You have an amazing ability to identify the model and year of many a car, and I now know more about McLarens, Porsches, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and more than I ever thought I would!
I look forward to seeing what the next year brings for you!
Happy Birthday to my favourite little guy!
This morning I woke up to the excited shuffle of little feet. It was dark, so I pulled back the covers and invited you in for a cuddle. We lay in the dark and you told me how excited you were – too excited to sleep, in fact. It was understandable. Today you turned seven, there was a big day ahead. As I sang happy birthday to you, you settled down and drifted off to sleep, letting me reflect on the year that had passed.
This past year was one of immense growth for you. While you have always been full of life and laughter with your friends and family, you have often been quite shy and reserved in large groups and unfamiliar places. This has changed, especially over the last six months. You carry yourself with confidence, making yourself heard, and more and more often, standing up for those who aren’t heard. I have been immensely proud of this transformation. It was never more apparent than the day you saved a little girl from drowning in June!!!
School continues to be a happy place, and you love to learn. Having the same teacher this year as last seems to have pushed you to work a little harder, and try things that once would have been “too hard”. It’s fun to see what you learn, and to have you teach me a few things!
You still love to play hockey, and seem to have found your place with this year’s team. Playing “D” is where you want to be most games, but I think that has a lot to do with the fact that your best friend and big brother is the goalie. Karate has become a new passion in your life. It is so fun to watch you progress through your belts, getting stronger, jumping higher, and kicking faster at each class.
Happy Birthday, sweet girl!! I can’t wait to watch you grow this year!
All my love,
a year with Goose