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    Today, G, you are 5!

    Aw, Little Dude. How much you’ve grown this past year!
    Today you are funny, sweet, considerate, kind, (occasionally) generous, and athletic. You are as perfect as I could ever ask for.
    A year ago, your Daddy and I felt so intimidated by you, and so imprisoned by your temper. You have worked SO hard to manage and express your feelings, and it makes me so proud! You’re accomplishing something that is hard for adults to overcome, and you’re doing so great!
    You continue to lighten up our day with your jokes. You think ‘butts’ and ‘poop’ are funny, but thankfully your attempts to come up with one liners is far more overshadowed by your natural expressions, and actions.
    You’ve been an awesome brother to S2. You help him get snacks (even when he shouldn’t have more), you help him with his toys, give him ideas on how to play, and invite him to spend time with you. Your patience with his crazy episodes is increasing, and you impress me by your maturity about it.
    You offer to buy people gifts, when you hear them say they like or want something. It’s simple gestures, but so wonderful to see.
    You ask to write your friends birthday cards so that they know they’re special to you.
    You continue to be a great athlete. You are an excellent soccer player, ride a balance bike with ease, and swim better than me!
    You like to makeup rhymes, and although you’re shy about it, I’ve caught you singing to yourself from time to time.
    You like to play cards, and kick my butt at Memory, and often Go Fish.
    You like working on your workbooks, with connect the letters/numbers as your favorite. You do basic addition now, and prefer working with numbers more than letters. Science experiments get you excited. You’re truly your mama’s and daddy’s boy.
    You like to help me cook, and I’m looking forward to my little sous chef come this Thanksgiving.
    You’ve done an incredible job adjusting to your new school, and have made some great new friends. It seems that no matter which school you visit, your classmates want to give you hugs. You think it’s funny to run away from them while they try.

    You weigh 36.4lbs and are 40.5″ tall.

    I love you so much, Little Dude. This next year will be your last before you go to kindergarten. I’m excited to see all that it will bring.

    Now here’s you in your own words:

    What is your name? G****?

    G-what? G****** R*****

    How old are you about to be? 5!

    What’s your favorite color? Blue

    Who are your best friends? Torrey, Gabe, Caitlin, Milo

    What is your favorite book? The Big… Red… Barn

    What’s your favorite song? Anything

    What’s your favorite movie? I will tell you: Peppa Pig! That’s a TV show, though, isn’t it? What about a movie? Ok. Dinosaur Train.

    And Peppa Pig is your favorite TV show? Ugh-hmn.

    What is your favorite animal? Gi-raffe! What do you like about giraffes? Their long tongue and neck.

    What’s your favorite food? Duck-legs! Duck-legs? Yes. Really?!?

    Do you have a favorite shirt? The one I’m wearing right now! Your new Gryphons jersey? That’s a recent favorite then 🙂

    Tell me something that you think is really important or wise. I just don’t know!  That’s actually pretty wise!

    What makes you mad? When somebody takes my eye out. That would make ME mad too! Is there anything else that makes you mad? If someone took our TV away?

    What’s your favorite toy? MY favorite toy is the granite crane. The what crane? The GRANITE! A granite crane? Where do you play with that? At school.

    What do you want to do when you grow up? I’m want to try to read a book with closing my eyes. And what about a job? What kind of job do you want to do when you grow big? A storyteller. You want to be a storyteller when you grow up? Yes. What happened to the crane driver idea? Huh? Yes, I don’t want to be. Ok, well thank you very much! No, no! I want to be a crane driver. Are you sure? What about story-teller? Storyteller? Nah! I did that at my new school.

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