Happy Birthday, Samuel! It is so hard to believe that you are now 7 years old… how did this happen??? This past year of being 6 was a year of great growth and maturing for you. You had such a fantastic Kindergarten year – becoming more confident, outgoing, and participatory in large groups, as well as with new friends. Your goal for your Kindergarten year of school was to become friends with everyone in your class (which you did by November) and to play with all of your new friends (which you did by the end of the year!). These were two goals that you came up with all on your own and were determined to accomplish. It’s a great example of how hard-working you are and how confident you’re continuing to become in who you are and who you want to be. You are only two weeks into your First Grade year, but you are already comfortable and confident with your new class and teacher. You are participating really well in class and making new friends along the way. We are so proud of you!
Samuel, we love who you are so much! You are so loyal, hard-working, curious, observant, focused, enthusiastic, sensitive, emotional, kind, and loving. Thank goodness that you still are so cuddly with your family – we love that you still love to snuggle with us and that you still love when we read to you at bedtime.
While you still love dinosaurs and still want to be a paleontologist, this past year brought about some changes in what you most like to do. Beginning in January we allowed you to start playing a few video games on the Wii (Mario Kart and Fifa Soccer). You are allowed to play only on Saturdays and Sundays, for 1/2 hour each day. You never miss a chance to play and for a while there you were quite obsessed with anything Mario related! However, this past summer we spent a lot of time watching all of the Fifa World Cup soccer games, as well as collecting player cards in a booklet. This certainly has fueled your current obsession with soccer (specifically the Brazil national team, who you rooted for in the World Cup). Luckily, some things have remained the same this past year, such as your love of reading. You are a voracious reader who devours many, many chapter books each day. It is incredible how many books you can read in a day, how long you will sit and read for, how many times you will read the same books, etc. You still love all of the same series that you were reading last year, but you have found some new ones that you absolutely love: The 13-story Treehouse series, Geronimo Stilton books, the Imaginary Veterinary series, etc. Most recently you read your first two Roald Dahl books (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory AND James and the Giant Peach), both of which you loved!!!
You still absolutely love sports! As mentioned above, your current favorite sport is soccer – thanks to all of the World Cup games we watched this summer. You are currently on a soccer team this fall for your school, which is a lot of fun. You played baseball for your school last spring and loved that as well. By far though, the biggest development this year was with your swimming abilities! You set a goal for the summer that you wanted to earn a Yellow Swim Band from the Y by the of the summer and test out of the red swim band. In order to accomplish this goal you had to learn to swim 25 feet without stopping, as well as float on your back for 10 seconds. At the beginning of the summer you could not do either of those things, but by the end of July you were swimming very well underwater and you finally learned to float (you were floating for 2 minutes at a time!). One July day you were feeling very brave and you decided to take the swim test… and you passed! You earned your Yellow Band. We know you are so proud of yourself and we are too! Way to go!
Finally, we can’t help but notice what a wonderful brother you are to Leah. Your relationship with Leah is so special and continued to grow over this past year. Especially this summer, when you two were together all day every day, you got so close with each other. It was so wonderful to see you two play so nicely together and have so much fun together. We especially enjoyed when you and Leah would go into one of your rooms and close the door in order to have “secret kid time.” We hope and pray that your relationship with Leah continues to grow and be stronger and stronger.
Last but not least, you had your 7 year checkup a bit early this year (mid-July), so you may have grown since then (you certainly have eaten a lot of food this past month!), but as of July 19 you were 49 1/4″ (75th percentile) and 54 pounds (75th percentile). You still sleep about 10-11 hours each night – falling asleep between 8:30-9:00pm and waking up between 7:00-7:30am. Your favorite foods are still pizza, pancakes, peaches, and ice cream. You eat a good variety of foods – fruits, veggies, and dairy are your favorite and you still generally dislike most meats, but you will eat hamburgers and pork without much complaint. Your favorite color is still red. You love to do any activity involving dinosaurs, reading, or sports.
Happy Birthday, dear Samuel! Words cannot express how much we love you! We can’t wait to watch you bloom and grow over this next year!
Love, Mommy & Daddy