Now while he's the perfect kid for me, I don't want to paint the picture to anyone that he's "perfect". He has bad table manners, plays with his food, talks about anything related to a potty all the time, bites his nails, whines, is easily influenced by his friends, and teaches his little sister all sorts of bad habits. But I still think he's pretty awesome and as always I'm realizing how fast time flies and trying to "let him be little."
He wants to be a marine biologist when he grows up. He loves any and everything about ocean animals. Hence, he still watches Octonauts all the time (and Caillou and Olivia with Kate if I'm being honest). And I'm totally ok with that!
|Collin did well during his first season of baseball. He played some second base and outfield and he hit a home run during his last at bat of the season! And he had a great time playing!|
He has gotten much, much less fearful of trying new things. He still gets easily frustrated when something doesn't come easily, but can now ride his scooter and a bicycle (without training wheels) up and down our street (which has some pretty big hills!). He has also learned to jump rope this year. And he loved sledding during our two snows this year! He's also doing great at swimming and running and jumping into the pool this year. He has learned flips and handstands in the pool as well as forward/backward rolls on land and tries to do handstands.
|He loves to help Daddy build anything downstairs.|
|I think this is him either working on Kate's closet or the shelves for our printers/DVD in the living room.|
But mostly I see it in his love for his little sis.
And it's just continued from there. When he takes money for the school store, he spends an equal amount on himself and Kate.
He got a gamestop gift card for his birthday for $15. He picked out a $10 game. And immediately offered the $5 to Kate for a game she wanted.
We went to Kohls one day as a special treat for him. (He wanted yet another $5 stuffed animal.) He absolutely refused to leave the store without one for Kate too.
When we go to eat lunch, etc. with him at school, he includes his sister and gives her the biggest hugs when she is there.
Katelyn was sick during Spring Fling/Movie Night at his school so just he and I went. He was so sad she couldn't go, and half of his prizes went to her.
Collin was in a camp (Summer Search) through the gifted program this summer. He learned how to make power point presentations all by himself. Pretty amazing. The first one he made at home? A slideshow of all the Disney princesses for Katelyn and her friend Kendal.
|So excited this night to realize they had matching PJs :)|
Most of the time, these little acts of love are done for nothing in return. Nothing that benefits him really. It's just automatic for him to include her and I love to watch it. (Except last week, when Katelyn "needed" a Frozen gift from the Disney store for her last day of Frozen dance camp. He wanted a plane that day.)