It is amazing how fast life goes. Rather than catch up on all the little things, I will just start new.
Jared is in the middle of the History Fair and it has been a learning experience for all of us. I often feel sorry for him that we have to learn everything with him and then are old "pro's" when Mia's turn comes around. Jared has learned that I am not a young chick. =) He asked me the other day if television was invented when I was a little girl. He asked me if I remember the first Thanksgiving. When he talks about my youth, he calls it the "Olden Days". Who knew having children could age you so quickly. Jared also started tumbling last week and was able to stand on his head the first day. He is often heard telling me that he is a natural at it. =) Jared is a hard worker and won't quit until his task has been completed to his liking.
Mia also started tumbling. We decided that it was too much of a time commitment for her to be on the team. She was getting tired of not learning "how to do the tricks". She is excelling in tumbling and loves that they get to jump on the trampoline once a month. Today she mastered her back bend and can almost kick her legs over and get back up. It has been thrilling to see how fast she is developing. She will be 8 next month and is excited to be baptized. Mia asked for two things for her birthday: 1. To stop sharing her bedroom with a boy/have her own room. 2. To have her ears pierced. Turns out she is getting both. Mia is very motherly and is often looking for ways to entertain her brothers. When we ask for help, Mia is generally the first to help. She is a joy to have around, always singing little songs and bringing happiness to those around her.
Gordon started Kindergarten this year. He LOVES going to school. It has been a sweet experience listening to his day and what he has learned. This has been, by far, our best experience with Kindergarten out of the 3 kids that have gone. I love his teacher and am excited for what he has been learning. Gordon is currently reading at a second grade level. He does such an exceptional job reading but I haven't been able to get him to read any chapter books. I am sure it will come with time, but he enjoys the accomplishment of finishing a book in one sitting. Gordon is our snugly guy. He loves to give kisses and hugs. He likes to play with Ellis and boss him around.
Ellis has had some time to discover himself this year. With Gordon in school, he has been able to figure out who he is. I asked him what we were going to do when Gordon started school and Ellis started to cry and said, "I don't know. I want you to tell me." He hasn't really had a chance to think for himself and make decisions up until now. Some things that Ellis loves to do during the day include, reading lessons - he desperately wants to know how to read; puzzles; playing with friends; and playing the piano. He likes to be the boss of the house. Ellis is our kindest child. He always shares and is always trying to make others happy. When I asked him what he wanted for Christmas, he made a list of things he would give to his brothers and sister. It is nice to be around Ellis because he is so happy. He has this light that emanates from him and it is not to be happy when he is near.