My Dearest Brayden -
Wow, 5 1/2 you are now! Halfway through Kindergarten - your first year at "real" school! I am beyond proud of you and all that you have accomplished in these few short months. One would think adjusting to full time school, 5 days a week would be quite a challenge, but you my dear, pulled it off gracefully! It wasn't nearly as hard of a transition that I thought it would be. You absolutely love school and even cried a few times before winter break because you were going to miss your teachers so much. That makes my heart so happy!
You are still such a smart cookie! Math seems to be your strong suit these days. You are learning adding and subtracting and you are doing so well with it! You also really enjoy it. You can count to 200 but I know if you wanted to keep going, you could. You are learning about different parts of the body and what they do and you come home sharing your knowledge.
Right now you are really into a game called Star Wars Angry Birds. It's an app on the Ipad and ever since Daddy introduced you, you have been hooked! Before this, you could have cared less for the Ipad now you want it every day :)
Some of your favorite things are:
Food: Pasta with the orange sauce (vodka sauce) and macaroni and cheese
TV Show: Power Rangers
Super Hero: Batman
Color(s): Blue, Red, Orange and Gold
Shirt: A tie dyed Incredible Hulk shirt and a Super Mario shirt
Dessert: Anything with sugar - you love cookies, brownies, candy (Skittles and M&M's are your favorite) & suckers
Movie: Jurassic World
Game: Headbanz/Go Fish
You absolutely love to wrestle. I have no idea where this came from but it is all you want to do! Most days it's all WWE over here and I hope you realize when you're older just how much I love you because I'll let you in on a little secret - I do not love wrestling. But for you, I would do just about anything. And actually, most of the times we wrestle I can barely contain my laughter because we have so much fun - so maybe I do love wrestling after all? :)
You are such a creature of habit! You have to eat grapes every night before bed and if you miss it because we forgot or we were out late and Dad and I say no you throw a major fit. We're working on that. Your morning routine is: wake up, come downstairs tell me you want cereal, go to the bathroom, get dressed, brush your teeth, make your bed, come back down and eat breakfast. You love to eat special treats when we watch a movie but you refuse to start eating until the movie/show has started. You always say you want to save it. (I think you get that from me because I am the same way) At night, after you brush your teeth, you get into your pajamas (which is just your underwear) and you always cross the day off on your calendar. Then we do your popcorn words from school, then you read a little, then Daddy or I read you a book. Then you have each of us lay with you. I love all your little routines, they make you, you and you my dear, are something special.
You are an amazing big brother. I know there are plenty of times when your sisters are annoying you and sometimes you feed into that, but most of all, you are so good with them. You do your due diligence and play with them and love on them and even if you don't always show it, I know you love them so much! You are such a protector and I love that about you! You look out for them and if they are doing something dangerous, you always tell us right away (you also always tell us any.little.other.thing.they.are.doing. - working on that too)
Sometimes I forget you are only 5 because you are wise beyond your years. You are so responsible and mature and a total rule follower, and while I love that, sometimes I just want you to let loose and be a little kid! I don't know if it's the pressures of being the 1st child, or if this just is who are you, but that is one thing I want to work on with you. In fact, we talked together and a goal for you this year is to let loose and relax more. I also am going to work on remembering you are only 5 and treating you like that.
My little man, you are growing so fast right before my very eyes. I constantly tell you to stop growing to which you reply "I can't stop Mom!!" while laughing, it's just a thing we do and I'll probably always say it to you. I am so proud of the boy you are and I want you to always know that I love you with all my heart.