It's been 6 years since you entered our lives, changing them forever for the better. I try not to think about the fact that you are 1/3 of the way to 18 because it makes me sad when I realize how fast time is flying by. I want to freeze so many moments with you so I can replay them over and over in my head.
This year has been a big one for you. You started kindergarten in the fall and rode the school bus by yourself for the first time. You are now quite a pro at riding the bus and happily come down the steps each afternoon. You learned to read and can now write some words by sounding them out. I love to sit and listen to you read to me, Dad or Katie.
Your love for building Legos has grown and you can now put most of them together alone if you put your mind to it. I can just stand there watching you play with them and rebuild them to make new creations. Your imagination is an amazing thing.
You and Katie spend most of your time wanting what the other one has but once in a while, you play nicely together. When you do, this warms my heart. I can see that you truly love your sister and will be her protector in years to come. She looks up to you, which is why she follows you around and wants to do what you do. Enjoy it now while it lasts.
Michael, you are growing into a wonderful little boy but you still
have lots of hugs and kisses for Dad, Katie and I. Your sweet nature is
one of my favorite things about you. I love when you hug me and tell
me I'll always be your best mommy. We all love you very much and so
happy you are a part of our family. Happy Birthday!!