7 years old. 1st grade. How did these things sneak up on me? It seems like this was just yesterday, not 7 years ago!
So much has changed, but you can still make us smile, just like we are in that picture above. You are funny, witty, smart, and athletic. While you sometimes get frustrated with school work (especially homework), we know that you are trying your hardest, and it's a great feeling to see the huge smile on your face when you come home with a good grade on a test.
Your love for skiing has continued into this year, and I know you're excited that there are still a few more months left to enjoy your favorite sport. You gave basketball a shot earlier this year and didn't love it, but you stuck with it and have already said you want to play baseball again this spring.
Your favorite shows right now are the new Star Wars cartoon you just discovered along with some of your old standbys, like Jake and the Neverland Pirates. And you'll sometimes volunteer to watch Paw Patrol with Liam; you like to act like you're doing it for him, but I know you love it too :)
If given the chance, I'm convinced you'd be outside 24/7 if we let you. You are happiest when you're running around the yard, or riding your bike, or shooting hoops in the driveway. If you must be inside, you can usually be found building Lego structures, playing Minecraft, sketching football players and helmets in your new sketchpad, or rearranging your various "collections" (football cards, tiny football helmets, etc) And football! Football, football. We play football, we read books all about football, we watch football. This has been your new obsession as of late.
For as independent as you have become, there are moments when you will still come curl up in my lap and just want to sit there. You always want to snuggle in as close as possible if we're watching a movie or reading a book (you especially love to "tuck your feet in", meaning that you like to slide them under my legs to keep them warm....but only if I'm wearing cozy pants, you get very frustrated if I have on jeans!) And Jake, I hope those moments don't stop anytime soon. You are go, go, go all day long....you seem to have endless amounts of energy....but when you do pause to snuggle, it makes my day. I can immediately remember sitting in your glider late at night in your nursery, holding you, enjoying the quiet, and breathing in your baby smell. Your hair now smells like regular shampoo, but it doesn't matter :) I still sniff it sometimes anyway, which sometimes causes you to wiggle off my lap and say "Mooooooom!" but I just can't help myself. I try to remind myself that these moments won't last forever...you won't always want me to lay with you for a few minutes before you go to bed. So even though I always feel like I have a hundred things to do once you guys go to bed, I try to enjoy those few minutes of just laying there with you. It's sometimes when you turn into the most chatty you've been all day and share things about your day with me.
Daddy and I are so proud of you, for your effort in school, your progress in sports and most importantly, for the kind heart that you have. Happy birthday, Jake!!
|1 week old baby feet!|
|2 weeks old|
|15 months old-passed out cold while eating Easter dinner :)|
|2 years old|
|2.5 years old|
|3.5 years old|
|4 years old|
|5 years old|
|5.5 years old|
|5.5 years old-and a moment in Jake's life that he still talks about as being one of the best :) fighting Darth Vader at Disney World!|
|6.5 years old|
|allllmost 7 years old :)|