Sunday, March 9, 2014

Happy 8th Birthday, Yaks!

Dear Yaks,

Happy 8th birthday!  What a big birthday it is.  I've been so proud of you and your preparations for your Baptism.  I feel like you are really ready.  You've been working hard marking your scriptures, memorizing your Articles of Faith, and practicing making good choices.  I'm excited to see how the Holy Ghost will help you in your life.

This has been a great growing year for you in school!  Mrs. Bringhurst has been an amazing teacher.  She cares about both your academic and social progress, and she's been so helpful in helping you navigate through those things.  You've improved in both your reading and your writing.  You enjoy math and PE the very most.  You have kind friends, and most importantly, you ARE a good friend.

You sure have become an expert at teasing, much to the dismay of your sisters.  You know just the buttons to push, and just the way to push them, to send them over the edge into screams and/or tears!  I feel badly because I realize it's mostly a need for attention.  Many "time-outs" have ensued, and it's frustrating because we know you are capable of the kindest behavior.  I hope we can get to the bottom of it, before your sisters "unfriend" you!  You are the middle child, and the only boy. I know you wish for a brother, or someone else to do "boy" things with.  We're still trying to help you find your "thing".  We hope to support you in your interest that you find you enjoy.

One talent you've really found is with chess!  You learned to play in school from your classmates and the countless indoor recesses you have at school.  We've downloaded an app on the ipad, and you have fun playing the computer, and of course, winning!  I don't have a clue about the rules, but you have a lot of fun challenging Dad or Boo to matches.

You have been plowing through your Scout book, even though this is your first week as an "official" scout.  You really enjoy Scouting, setting goals and accomplishing them.  Reminds me of someone I know...
Scouts will be wonderful and fun for you, and Dad is there, which is an added bonus!  You guys do a lot together.  Just last night you worked together to instal some hardware so we can pull back our kitchen curtains.  They look great!  Thanks for doing that.  

You love a clean house, and have taken to see a need and just fill it.  "Mom, this house is a mess. I'm going to clean it up."  Thank you!!  We're working on you not being an "angry cleaner".  I was guilty of that as a youth as well.  My brothers used to call it Amy's "cleaning frenzy".  

Here are your 20-questions this year:

1. What is your favorite color? teal
2. What is your favorite toy? Beyblades
3. What is your favorite fruit? pineapple
4. What is your favorite tv show? Beyblades
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? pizza
6. What is your favorite outfit? comfy pants and t-shirts
7. What is your favorite game? Chess
8. What is your favorite snack? Nachos
9. What is your favorite animal? crocodile
10. What is your favorite song?  Everything is Awesome (we just saw the Lego movie!)
11. What is your favorite book? Harry Potter
12. Who is your best friend? Francisco
13. What is your favorite cereal? Granola
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside ? Tether Ball
15. What is your favorite drink? Root Beer
16. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? my "fluff" blanket
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Bacon, frost rolls, toast, cereal
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Ravioli and Root Beer
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? an Engineer

Happy birthday, buddy!  We love you so much, our sweetest boy.  I'm so proud of you and your decision to be baptized, and I'm excited to see what this year will bring!

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