Friday, June 23, 2017

A Letter To My Newest 7 Year Old

Dear Harrison,

Here you are, seven years old! I've gotta say, it's been an interesting journey with you. You still leave me speechless most days, but I've learned to laugh and appreciate your craziness. You've got a TON of energy and never seem to stop moving. So far this summer you've mastered the trapeze bar on the swing set, learning to flip yourself all around. You spend your days with your best friends and couldn't be happier.

You love to make up stories. As your teacher said (when she asked us about our nonexistent puppies and bunnies), "he can REALLY sell a story!" Yes you can little buddy, yes you can. You spent your school year spending time with your best friend Mya, had a few weddings on the playground (that the teachers thought were adorable and let you get away with it) , and rocking your school work.

You're still a sensitive, fun loving, happy kid! I love that about you--your love for life, exploring, and discovering is contagious. You are always game to try new things and rarely let fear stop you. Sometimes you require a pep talk, but you always come around and give it a try. That's one of my favorite things about you.

You and Dad on top of the Badlands (as you said). You were the only kid brave enough to walk out...and then proceeded to look right over the edge.

You're still our wild card, but you've grown by leaps and bounds in the last year. You're extremely excited for second grade in the fall and even more excited to go see your school friends. I love watching you figure out your place in the family....I'm told it's tough begin a middle child, but you handle it well with a side of entertainment for those watching. 

Your favorite things right now are playing on the play set, climbing, your new Georgie puppy, Jolly Ranchers, green beans, chicken taco nights, Trolls, your daycare friends, and making bracelets. You've taken on more and more responsibility with each day; from making your own breakfast to picking out your own clothes (with some assistance in the does it match? department), to getting yourself completely ready for school each morning. You've really grown up a lot in the last year! You taught your sister how to climb down from your top bunk (so mom didn't have to come in and get her, interrupting your playing time). You say you love puppies, but are still getting over your fear of dogs.

Harrison James, our family is so lucky to have you to keep us laughing and on our toes! I know I'll never have a boring day as long as you're around! We love you soooo much and can't wait to see what this next year brings for you!

I love you Hee Boy (aka H Dawg, aka Hee J, aka Big H)!


Mom, just mom, you stopped calling me mommy unless you really want something