|Drying off at Veteran's Memorial Park.|
Lewie, you are a people person to the max. You enjoy talking, and you want company wherever you go. If you're watching a cartoon or even one of your train "YouTube" videos, you ask Mommy, Daddy, Grammy, or all of us to join you. If you're playing with your Legos, you'll often exclaim that you're "missing" a piece--your secret ploy to get someone to sit by your side and be with you.
You are thoughtful and kind. This year we started taking you shopping to pick out presents for your friends and family, and it turns out that you're really good at choosing the perfect gift. You told Daddy to buy me the most beautiful bouquet of flowers for Mother's Day (how did you know?), and when we shopped together for Father's Day, you saw the fireworks display at the supermarket, and said, "Mommy, I want to get him this!" (You know Daddy way too well!)
You are passionate. Your love for trains only seems to grow stronger each year, and we're now realizing that your hobby is not a fad. While you're slowly starting to grow out of Chuggington and even Thomas (though you still like movies like "The Blue Mountain Mystery"), you have not stopped playing with trains. Now your interests have switched to Lego trains and Lionel trains (which are harder on our wallets) as you see them on YouTube and exclaim that you'd love to get TRAIN X for (insert holiday). Your love of trains have even prompted us to make special trips near railroad stations--two of which are happening this fall--the Stasburg Railroad in Pennsylvania and the Green Mountain Railroad in Vermont. It seems that your excitement has now gotten the entire family involved :)
You are inquisitive. When Uncle Terry passed away, you had so many questions to ask about God, Jesus, and heaven. Your innocent questions forced me to ponder deeper answers to "the meaning of life" and "why are we here?" The birth of your youngest cousin Lily also prompted questions like "where do babies come from?" and "why can't daddies have boy babies and mommies have girl babies?" You've admitted you would like to have a baby yourself, but I reminded you that 1) you're too young, and 2) boys don't have babies.
I suppose I can go on and on...but now, it's time for your list of favorites:
|Eating strawberries at March Farm.|
The Little Engine that Could
Thomas the Train--sometimes
Pink and orange
Chocolate ice cream with hot fudge, whipped cream, and Oreo cookie crumbles on top
"Well, it's dairy, but my favorite food is macaroni and cheese."
"I like everybody, Mommy"
The Lego Movie
The Polar Express
The Lionel Polar Express Train
The Shoreline Trolley Museum
The Danbury Railway Museum
The Naugatuck Valley Railroad
Mommy's and Daddy's workplace
Any parks (where there's kids to play with)
Any hotel (especially ones with elevators)
Any pool or beach
"Daddy, are you going to lawn the mow?" (We're to blame for this one. We never corrected you.)
"Mommy, you're never gonna a believe this."
"Mommy, you made my day by saying that."
"Stop interrupting my good time."
"Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy."
"On aboard." (Instead of "All aboard.")
"Mommy, can I watch train movies?" (YouTube train movies...)
"Let me show you the details on this train. Also, you can hear the crew talk sounds..." (This is you creating your own train YouTube video just like you watch from Eric Siegel from http://ericstrains.com/.)
"Best Day of My Life" - American Authors
"Happy" - Pharrell Williams
"Let it Go" - Idina Menzel - Frozen
Milestones (from Age 5):
First time "jumping" off the swings
First time parasailing
First time swimming underwater with a mask
First time getting dressed by yourself
First time putting a 100 piece puzzle together
First time making a Lego car, camper, train, boat, etc. by following directions (all by yourself)
First time writing your full name
First time playing soccer (although you've decided this is not your thing!)
Lewie, every year it's a joy to watch you grow. For the first time this year, you've already surpassed Mommy. When we bought you your Lego train set for your birthday, in no time at all, you had the train wired and moving around on its train tracks. I don't even think you looked at the instructions. (Not having a mechanical mind at all, I was amazed by your genius; even daddy was impressed!)
I don't know where next year will take us little guy, but your first day of kindergarten is coming up next week. As always, I look forward to many more new and exciting adventures with you. Just do me one favor--don't grow up too fast!