Justice is officially 5 years old! To celebrate this milestone, we had the party that never ended.
Top 5 things Justice learned this last year.
1. He can crack an egg and flip pancakes!
2. Zip up his coat.
3. The boy can swim.
4. Clean himself in the tub with out help.
5. Ride his bike without training wheels.
Top 5 things I love about Justice.
1. Justice has some early signs of following in his Daddy’s footsteps in his passion for art. Almost daily Justice spent more than an hour at the kitchen table drawing, coloring or writing made up words. He is so full of imagination and creativity, it amazes me. Even at preschool, when the kids had free time, I could tell he stayed at the table to do art, by all the extra drawings he would bring home. The best part is over the last year when I asked about his art, the stories just kept getting longer and more creative.
2. Justice also loves sports. He is fun to teach, because he really listens and tries hard to incorporate what was taught. Prior to his last soccer game, he always kicked the ball towards his goal when he would race kids to the ball. So I taught to stop the ball and then just kick it with his heal backwards if he did not have time to turn around. By golly, that next game he tried out his new move. Someone yells, “Nice kick, Justice.” He yells to the crowd, “Thanks, my Mom taught me that.” or “Mom, I tried stealing the ball!” with a big smile on his face and he gives me a thumbs up. Slightly, embarassing.
3. His confidence. Justice is not bashful. He enjoys striking up conversation with random people, especially kids about his age. He’ll say whatever crosses his mind at the time…”I can ride my bike without training wheels.”, “Hi, you are my firend.”, “My favorite superhero is green lantern.”, “I don’t like veggie tales.”. Sometimes his boldness gets him into trouble, like the times he decides to streak around the house and outside the house. Little nudist. It’s fun to see him comfortably transition his timidness to confidence.
4. One of my favorite things that he does that I love, is how he loves to give compliments. He is very generous with his compliments. He loves to tell me how good my food is or in the middle of a movie, he turns around to tell me, “Mom, you are good at sewing and Dad is good at drawing.” He knows how to encourage his brother when he tries things. The day Archer could finally say Justice correctly, Justice ran to find us. “Mom! Dad! Archer said my name, he really said my name. Archer say Justice.” Archer says, “Justice.” Justice starts clapping and cheering and you could tell it made Archer feel like a million bucks. Even more importantly and I am not sure how he developed this quality. If for example he does not like my food, he will say, “Mom, I really like your food, but I just don’t think I can eat anymore.” I know he is lying, but I love how polite he is. I almost want to tell him he can be dismissed, but I don’t. The rule is you have to finish what is on your plate and he always replies, “Okay, Mom.”
5. Lastly, what we love about every year he gets older is how independent they become. I am not going to lie. When you can say, “Let’s go.” and they can put everything on themselves and get to the car and buckle with out help. That is just the best. This is such a great phase. Plus you can ask for help and they can help! When you hit this stage in life, do you really miss the baby stage. Yeah, not really.
We love you so much Justice. You make life fun!
Mom and Dad