Solon turns 6...

I am not sure how my first baby is 6 years old but he is!  He gets more excited every year for his birthday.  He knows its a special day all about him and he was prepared to celebrate for a while and even made a paper chain 10 days out to countdown on his volition!  Let's take a stroll down memory lane of some of the many highlights from year 5...

Once again you cheered as hard as you could for your Cyclones.  You are a true fan and love to play football (or really any sport for that matter) with daddy.  You ask him as soon as he gets home from work to play with you.  Many nights there is a wrestling match in the middle of the family room floor or a serious game of basketball complete with all the correct rules including fouls and free throws.

We celebrated Christmas at home with Grandma and Grandpa Wetherbee and everyone helped you build the many fun things you got...including the lego train you really wanted and Santa brought you!

You are daddy's best assistant and you were put to the test this year with helping daddy on the many trips to Menard's to finish the basement.  You have been after us to get carpet down there from the moment we moved in, you are going to be so happy to have that space to play!

You are my smuggler and quality time kid.  We went on a few dates just you and mommy and just you and daddy.  You love the personal attention and time.  You especially love ice cream just like mommy so it is our go to!

You are so smart and sometimes surprise me with your capabilities.  You are a humble guy and sometimes I underestimate you since your abilities since you soak so much in.  One day you just started writing your numbers and kept going...I was worried you weren't ready for kindergarten but I changed my mind quickly after this moment.  My teacher heart was so happy :).

You LOVE to swim and you are a serious fish.  Swimming lessons are your FAVORITE activity.  You have come so far from dog paddling to diving, doing flips in the water, learning more advanced strokes and you love to are a self-motivated kid and WANT to get better.  You will do it until you master it!
This also includes skiing.  You hated it the first day because "you weren't good at it" (in your words) but by day 3 you were whizzing by the adults on the real slopes and rocked it.  A good lesson in keeping working at a skill and you will get better.

You and your sister can fight like cats and dogs but man you are each other's best playmates and love to play together.  I love the way you love each other.

You finished up your 2nd year of preschool with your best friend Max.  He is a good friend to you and you always have fun together playing with car tracks, sports, library with the girls, "cats" (not sure what that is), or any number of other things!

You went on your first airplane trip without mom and dad to Texas.  You had a blast and even told me when you got back "I didn't have time to miss you, I had too much fun!"

You learned some valuable lessons like dialing mom's phone number and your address at a fun camp this summer.  You didn't know anyone in your group and overcame your nerves and had a blast of a week!

We worked to check off lots of fun things off our summer bucket list from lots of swimming, to stomping in the creek at Ledges to camping in the backyard.  We have had lots of fun this summer making special memories!

God made you a big brother AGAIN to another little sister.  You said it was okay you had another sister and you would take good care of her too (and you do!).  You loved her from the very first moment you laid eyes on her and wanted to hold her and not share her.  You still dote on her like crazy doling out the kisses, hugs, sweet nothings and being a super helper to mom and dad!

You love the love to fish, flew off the tube and survived (GRANDPA :), love to hot tub, jump on tubes in a homemade obstacle course, eat smokes with lots of marshmallows, and "drive" the jet ski with whomever will take you and rumor is you drove the boat too...

You were a ring bearer to Auntie Ellen and you did such a good job listening and doing your job that day.  Grandma even made good on her promise and sent you legos for a job well done.  Speaking of which you currently LOVE legos.  You finally can put packs together on your own and you were especially excited for 2 boxes with "3 packages of legos inside"!  The biggest lego sets you have gotten and you worked really hard over several days to put together the mini police station and police helicopter.  We were so proud of you...

You also LOVE science.  Your favorite shows are "Popular Mechanics for Kids" and "Bill Nye the Science Guy".  You and daddy snuggle up before bed and watch an episode together on his phone most nights.  You get really sad when its late and you can't do it.  You also love to snuggle at bedtime...and love to chat it up with both mom and dad (I pray that continues).  You give the best hugs, snuggles and kisses and even give us emergency kisses if you are going to be away so we have some stored up when we miss you!

You picked out a chocolate cake mix and chocolate frosting and asked to decorate the cake yourself.  You were so proud of the 6 candles and asked for a #6 candle too!  You are pretty easy to please!

On your birthday we found out you knew several kids in your class including our neighbor boy across the street which made us all happy that you would have sweet people we knew in your class.  We then had tumbling and went to Chick Fil A for lunch.  You love their chicken nuggets and can eat an adult portion of them and you especially love when I let you get Dr. Pepper as a drink!  We also went to the pool (your favorite) with Max and his family!  We finished off the night with refried beans (your favorite food) at El Charro (your favorite Mexican restaurant).  We all went home and opened presents which you chose to wait and open that were pretty excited to get a book of science experiments and some lego sets from us!

This year you and your sister are having a joint party (thanks for being flexible and sharing, it helps this mommy out and I thank you for that :).  We are going to The Playground for Kids which has a bunch of inflatables, your half of the party is going to be lego themed.  You think if its that theme people might choose to gift you legos because you went to a lego party and that is what happened...we had to change your theme because of that!  

You are a sweet, lovable, sometime stubborn (just like your mom) first born (loves to discipline his younger sister, I remember doing that as a kid).  Your school adventure is about to start and as much as I am going to miss you at the lunch table and your help at home, I know you are going to have so much fun, learn so many new and exciting things and make new friends.  I pray you will eat during lunch, listen and respect your teacher and be a light for Jesus.  God has mighty plans for you and we love who God is molding you to be!  Here's to a great year 6, we love you buddy!

You are the pumpkin to my pie :)