To Luke: Year 5

Every year on my kids birthdays I write them a letter so we can remember what they accomplished and the fun things we did throughout the last year. 

To Luke on your fifth birthday,
WHAT?! How, how, how do I have a baby that's 5? I am LOVING watching you grow and HATING that you're getting so big at the same time.  

We have done so much this year. You started preschool last fall at Rock Paper Scissors and loved it. You learned so much and excelled completely. Not that I’m surprised; you’re super smart! You know how to write all your letters now, can read and spell your name, Sam, Mom, and Dad. You played soccer for the first time and Anniston was on your team. You guys spent most of the games playing with each other instead of playing soccer :) You learned how to swim without a lifejacket! You also learned how to ride a real four wheeler (and have your own!) You’re a daredevil on anything that moves (bike, 4 wheeler, scooter, skateboard) and it makes me wonder when our first ER visit will happen.

You’ve stopped taking a nap and have quiet time instead (most days you do end up falling asleep for a little bit, which is good for your attitude later in the day). You like to play with your hotwheels cars and read books during your quiet time. You love to dress up in costumes and play super heroes.

You’re turning out to be an organized, scheduled miniature of your mommy. You always have to know what’s going on and when it’s going to happen. And being just like me means you’re very challenging to me! We seem to butt heads a lot, but I’m hoping God uses me to mold your independence and stubbornness so you end up a strong man of God who isn’t swayed by the world.  (And you also have my sweet tooth!) 

We moved this year and you love our new house and neighbors. There are tons of kids on our street to play with. Our closest neighbors are the Stevens. They have 4 girls and Coraline is the closest to your age. She is a lot like you too, always has to be going and doing something, which is great when you play together! The Wagners live 2 doors down and you love when Mia comes out to play, too. You would rather be outside playing than anything else. You love riding your bike, playing in the sandbox, riding your scooter, shooting baskets at the park next door, playing with the neighbors, swinging, etc. 

This year is the year you’ve really started to develop your own opinions and attitude. We’ve had to work really hard on how you talk to people, the way you say things, not whining and complaining (Philippians 2:14), listening, and obeying without arguing or throwing a fit. You also love to be in charge, make people laugh and be the center of attention. And you have the BEST smile! 

I want to end with how much you love family. Your favorite person to be with is Daddy. You love to play with Sam. And you LOVE your baby sister. From when she was in my tummy to after she was born, you have loved her so much. You are always asking if you can hold her and snuggle with her. You’ve even helped me pick out her clothes and change her diaper! And you always want me to come snuggle with you during your quiet time. Not to mention your grandparents and aunts and uncles. You’re capable of big love! 

I am so thankful to be your mommy. I love you!

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We're buying a new house, and that means new decorating ideas! Here are my ideas for our kids bedrooms. 

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To Sam: Year 2

Every year I write my kids a letter on their birthday. In true second child fashion, Sam's letter for his second birthday is almost 4 months late. Whoops. Better late than never, right? 

To Sam, on your second birthday,
Your personality really developed this last year. We love watching you grow! You are stubborn and sweet, silly and messy, strong-willed and determined, and so much more. 

Some things you love are reading books, being outside, baths (or anything that involves water), being naked, getting dirty, your grandparents (especially Papa), and fruit of any type! You finally grew some hair and it came in bright blonde and curly. We had lots of fun going to the children's museum, the zoo, Lake Michigan, the pool and just playing together this last year. You can already count to 13 and sing the ABC song since you've listened to us helping Luke learn them. You love riding your tricycle, going on bike rides, smelling flowers, and swinging. 

You love, love, love your family. You follow Luke around and pretty much have to do anything he does, including having an attitude. Unless he's purposely antagonizing you, which he does frequently. You love when daddy gets home at night and run to the door to open it. You still want to snuggle with me and let me hold your hand a lot, which I love. 

We call you slow-mo Sam because you always do things so slowly. We can always rush Luke along, but not you! You go your own speed and do your own thing. Which is good. And bad. It's teaching mommy more patience. 

You started having asthma problems this year, too. Like I said, you have to do everything your big brother does ;) Breathing treatments aren't fun for you, but you take them like a champ. 

I love you so much, my little Sammers. I wish I could bottle you up and keep you this age forever. 

Love, Mommy

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