Saturday, September 26, 2015

Baby Plum's 6!

Our Baby Plum turned 6 yesterday. He's very proud of this accomplishment. It's crazy to think he used to be
this small. He looks so sweet there.. Almost smiling even.
He still looks sweet, even when Mommy manages to do something to the camera to make his face fuzzy. He got breakfast in bed on his birthday morning. Little Elvis had the idea to do it. It was Cheerios with milk and strawberries. Yes, he spilled the milk in his bed.
He was supposed to wear blue and yellow, and I thought he'd like to wear a minion shirt, so he wore Little Elvis' minion shirt to school. Since he was good all week, he got to wear socks in the classroom. I loaned him a pair of "my" soccer socks. He was very proud of his look.
They were all ready for school early, so they sat in the driveway and drew with sidewalk chalk.
We got him a Happy Meal for lunch, and brought popsicles for his class. His teacher made him his special crown. I loved the hair.
His class seemed to enjoy the popsicles. There's his teacher. She was Little Elvis' teacher, and we love that they both got to have her. She's an amazing teacher.
Enjoying his minion popsicle.
We found minion cupcakes made with Twinkies on pinterest. He loved them. We found Twinkies with stick on minion faces, and thought we were doing great. But they only came with six faces. So, we used Smarties and black frosting on the others. He helped do a couple of the faces.
He frosted the cookies. He was very proud of himself. Mommy should have let him do more on the cupcakes.
Little Elvis made him a birthday sign. It turned out really well.
Getting ready to blow out his birthday candles. We invited 7 little boys, and 5 showed up. He seemed very happy with the turnout, and had a great time playing with his friends. He did manage to fall off of the trampoline. Not sure if he fell out, or fell getting in. He's ok, but it was scary.

We're very proud of our sweet little boy. He's gotten so good at reading! He really worked hard this summer, and enjoys reading. He loves checking out books at the school library, and seems to like the books we find at our library, too. He still likes the I Spy type books, but now that he's a more confident reader, he likes just about anything. He never complains about doing his homework, and is getting better at writing. I love how he spells things, and how he draws family portraits.

He also LOVES maps and states. My parents have a game called "Stack the States" on their iPads that he adores. He knows most states by their shapes, and can place them in the correct spot on maps. We've gotten him a few US and world puzzles that he also likes. Bob often sings the "50 States that Rhyme," and Baby Plum's gotten very good at singing it. He's not loud, but he does a good job.

The other day we were behind a car from Illinois. I made the comment that the car was a long way from home. He said, "No, it's not. It just has to drive through Tennessee and Kentucky to get home."

This child still enjoys games and puzzles, and the activities from color/activity books.

He's our laid back baby, and typically just goes with the flow. He seems to have lots of friends at school, and while he's our quietest child, he might be our most social. He's not shy. He's not one to hide behind legs.

And he's sweet. They are all sweet. But in very different ways. He is by far our most helpful boy. He's very proud of this distinction. He pays attention to his friends, and learns names. He can tell me which one has brothers or sisters, etc. He's a good listener that way.

He's not super-snuggly. I like to say he's like a cat. He wants affection on his terms. He stands stock still for hugs sometimes, and we have to tell him to use his arms. But then other times he will come and get in my lap. He'll stay for a while, as long as I don't hug him too tightly.

He's also funny. I think he's got what's called a dry sense of humor, and possibly a little sarcastic.

I haven't been able to go to any of his soccer games this year, and am not sure if he's very good. But he loves it. He really likes playing soccer and practicing with his team. He has lots of fun with it.

We're still fighting the thumb sucking battle with him, but I think it's getting better. Whenever I think that, he gets worse for a bit, though.

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