Happy Birthday to our sweet, sensitive, silly, singing, swinging, schooling, sword-fighting, cereal-eating, Star Wars playing, sister loving, necklace slinging, six-year-old FINNEGAN!
Six? Really? Finn's 6 already? What just happened? It's strange when your kids get to the age that you can remember yourself being, in great detail. That just goes to show that these moments he has now are engraved in his memory forever. I hope they are good ones. They are for US! Finn is a total joy to be around. He's always exploding with ideas and questions and stories. He LOVES explaining stuff to people. Selah gets the brunt of it. :-) This past year has been a HUGE one for him. He played on his first team sport, basketball and soccer. He started Kindergarten! He learned to ride a bike. He fell in love with Star Wars. He made a best friend. (Though we try not to use those words. We're all best friends, right?) He learned that he can read! And write! And draw! And count by 5's! Oh there are so many things Finn is soaking up everyday. The ride to school is such an adventure every morning, just listening in on him talking to our carpool buddy. Today they tried to outdo each other by coming up with the grossest sounding concoction to eat. (soggy broccoli, mayonnaise, and smooshed up banana slugs, with sprinkles...etc,) So much has changed this year....except for the beads. He's still glued to those beads every day after school. He still pretends with them. It seems to be therapeutic for him in some way. He works out all the stuff of the day in those beads, and all the spooky stuff he and his dad read about. They just finished a chapter book called the Mansion in the Mist. Now they're onto The Book of Three.
One of the most amazing things about young Finnegan Jack is his sense of direction. He's a human compass. He ALWAYS knows where North is. Always. He's had this gift for about a year or two. He's still trying to wrap his head around right and left, but North, South, East, and West are a done deal. He doesn't even say right and left. He says "I sit on the East side of the classroom and Alex now sits on the Northwest side." I mean it's ridiculous. It doesn't matter if we are inside or out. We were in our friends' kitchen last weekend in Santa Rosa and we asked Finn where West was. He took a moment, looked around, and pointed. We asked our friend Ryan. Finn was right! I don't get it. It definitely doesn't come from me. My family still gives me grief for all the times I used to get lost. But I don't worry when I have Finnegan with me! He's a directional genius.
He's also still a bit of a ham. He's so silly and spooky and dramatic. So is Selah. I don't know where they get it. Wait. Yes I do. ;-)
We skipped a traditional party this year and took Finn and a friend and cousins to this place called Wacky Tacky! It's an indoor jungle gym extravaganza!
|These shooter things were pretty rad. There were enough for everyone to have their own. And they shot an endless supply of balls into a room where kids (Selah) played below. It was boy heaven.|
Happy Birthday Finn. This is going to be another awesome year for you. I just know it. :-)