Friday, April 14, 2017

Colton 5 Year Stats

At age 5...

Colton is 42.75 inches tall or 3' 6.75" (47th percentile)
Colton weighs 41 lbs. (55th percentile)

Colton-Mommy Birthday Date

I LOVE one-on-one dates with my kids.  It is one of my favorite parts of being a Mommy.  While we do have random scattered dates throughout the year if I see something that would interest one of the kids, I usually try to plan something around birthday time.  This year, after seeing how much Colton enjoyed mini-golf in Florida, I decided to take him to lunch and mini golf.  He was so excited!  He picked Perkins for lunch.

We had fun playing some of the games on his kids menu...and making mustaches with the crayons ;)

He picked chocolate chip bear pancakes
I brought along some questions I got at a recent youth leader meeting at our church, and we had fun discussing the answers to many of the answers (that were applicable!) while we ate!  Colton is a great conversationalist and I love time with him, uninterrupted by other siblings or needs.  We also got to chat about what he was excited/nervous about kindergarten next year.  Colton also brought along his Bible and we read from it together and had some great conversation.  This lunch with him will forever be stored away in my memory as a special one!  He is a total sweetheart date :)

Mini golf with this dude at Moose Mountain at Mall of America

Colton did well at mini golf!  His typical hole took him 4-6 shots.  Some tricker ones he looked more like he was playing floor hockey than golf ;).  He especially loved any holes with tunnels and dropping the ball in again and again and watching which hole it would come out on the other side!

 At age 5, Colton...
*loves to make others laugh
*loves to be silly/crazy
*loves learning/talking about God and his Bible
*loves learning how things work
*loves gears
*loves Paw Patrol and Lightning McQueen
*is amazing at playing by himself and entertaining himself but, when asked, prefers to play with someone
*is learning to read, but doesn't love it :)
*is very quick with numbers and all types of math I have introduced him to
*loves his science experiment kit
*is an excellent auditory learner and can recall his Sunday school, BSF, and Cubbies lessons in great detail
*has amazing concentration and attention span
*is very grateful and loving and cuddly
*loves soccer
*adores his big sister Summer and has a soft spot in caring for his little sister Larkyn
*loves wrestling with Daddy
*loves to help others with anything they need
*is easily distracted when doing his chores ;)
*loves speed (makes Mommy nervous on his bike!) and is not scared easily

I cannot believe I will be sending my little Colton buddy to kindergarten in the fall.  I makes me sad to think my all-day, every-day time with him is coming to an end, but I could not be any more proud of the young man he is growing into.  I pray that God would protect him physically and spiritually as he enters this next year and that he would bring glory to God and others into His kingdom.  I pray that he would continue to grow into the young man God wants him to be.  I love you more than words can say, my little Colton buddy!  Happy 5th birthday!

Monday, April 10, 2017

April 10th: Colton's ACTUAL birthday!

After so many celebrations prior to Colton's actual April 10th birthday, it was hard to believe we hadn't even had his real birthday yet!  Monday, April 10th, was very low-key, with Mommy having lots of chores to do after a busy weekend.  Colton had fun having a quiet day at home playing with his new birthday toys, and then some Mommy-Colton playtime after Larkyn went down for her nap.  After Daddy got home, we had dinner (his choice of macaroni and cheese) along with our traditional birthday donuts.  Then, we opened presents from mom and dad, from Summer, and from my grandma and aunt/uncle who live in Chicago and were so sweet to send presents!  Here are a few pictures and videos to document our day:
Breakfast included special pop tarts, which mommy only buys for birthdays :)
After biking on his NEW bike to school (which he says is a LOT faster ;)!...

He set up his new road tape...

drove his new cars...

and finished building his entire lego set (a super cool truck and trailer with 4-wheelers)...

in his newly decorated Lightning McQueen room!

We made tortilla pizzas for lunch...

with FIVE pepperoni's :)

We read his new paw patrol book during lunch.
 When Larkyn went down for her nap, Colton and I did our Bible reading together.  I want to include a short blurb here, as I am so in love with this little boy's heart.  Despite the fact that he LOVES to be silly and will be as crazy as needed to get a laugh, he has such a deep desire to learn about God's Word, ask questions, and know as much as he can.  Our church normally gives kids their first Bible as they enter kindergarten in September, but after reading all of his "kids'" Bibles multiple times (he devoured the one I gave him for his spiritual birthday in February in less than a week, reading for up to an hour at a time with me and begging for more when I told him I needed to stop!), he has been asking more in depth questions about how he can know what the Bible says about how he should live.  I asked our Children's Ministry Director if we could possibly have Colton's NIrV (New International Readers Version) Bible early, and she quickly said yes!  He got his Bible several weeks ago, and I am in love with his passion for reading God's Word!  He literally wants to bring it everywhere - asking me to read it to him on the light rail going to Daddy's work, at gymnastics waiting for Summer, and continuously expressing excitement for reading, searching in, and discovering God's Word.  His hunger for it has not waned, and he wants to look up the verses all on his own.  Because his reading is not quite at the level where he can read it on his own, I still read it to him, but he is recognizing the books of the Bible and how to find them, and even sat for 15 minutes listening to a books of the Bible song on repeat on my phone trying to get the order down.  Gosh, I love that kid!  Anyway, I wanted to include a video of him looking up his Bible passage from his devotional book all on his own, because, even though he is very slow at it, he is learning to do it all by himself...and that is the most exciting skill (for me) that he could possibly learn at age 5!  Without further ado, here is a video of him and his much loved new Bible from our Bible time together on his birthday...

After reading Colton's Bible together, we had Mommy-Colton time playing Paw Patrol.

He biked his new bike back to school to pick up Summer...

And then headed to pick out birthday donuts!

He helped make his delicious dinner of mac n cheese, berries, and carrot sticks...

and then we enjoyed our donuts!

As usual, I video each kid opening presents - just so I can relive each birthday!  Here is the unedited family gift opening session.  I just love his grateful heart and how he excitedly loves each thing he opens, making the gift giver feel so good.  He is such a sweetheart.  Here are the series of videos (mainly for me to document his voice and mannerisms, but feel free to watch!):

After gift opening, we played with his new gear set.  One thing about Colton at age 5 is that he LOVES learning how things work and anything with gears.  His gear set has already become a favorite toy! 

Three celebrations down (friends, extended family, family) and one more to go.  I will post next about our Mommy-Colton birthday date, which is always a favorite part of birthdays for Mommy and kiddo alike!