Another year older

First day of Kindergarten.

First day of Kindergarten.

Looking back on this last year I would say one of the biggest milestones and growing pains for all of us was Justice starting school. It took a part of the year for him to adjust to the busy school day. He loved school, learning and making friends, but the little time we had with him after school was the tired kid. Justice has always been independent and school made his independence attitude came out that much more. We are in love with his school, however I was not always in love with all the growing pains through out this last year. However, as the school year came to a close, things started to fall back into place. This year in school he has started to read, do basic math and memorizes quite well. He has great wisdom with common sense and can think and plan ahead very well.  He does not enjoy reading as much as I would have hoped. He is definitely more of a hands on learner. His favorite subjects in school this year were music, art, recess and gym. Justice is very social and all his new friends are the highlight of year. Justice continues to excel in athletics. He loves his bike, scooter, bug catching, playing outside, camping, baseball, basketball, soccer, and to be honest I do not think I found a sport I tried introducing to him that he did not like.

We introduced him to rock climbing this year.

We introduced him to rock climbing this year.

Camping is also a family favorite.  This parachute guy was a great toy that took many trips with us.

Camping is also a family favorite. This parachute guy was a great toy that we took on many trips with us.

If it is not athletics the other half of his time is at his art desk. He has free range to tape, scissors, glue, paper and we can not throw anything away that he wants to turn into art. His creativity and endless ideas have just amazed us. He is truly in his element when he is at his art desk.

How does a 5 year old do that using a pen?

How does a 5 year old do that using a pen?

Justice has surprised us this year with his interest in what he wears and how he does his hair. He has his own style. I have to say he is excellent at making his clothes match and his style is not that bad. I just never expected my little guy to take such an interest in how he looks at such a young age. So how dressing worked during the school was he could pick any of the shirts in the closet on the hanger (since they were all nice).  Then every Friday we called it “fun day friday” and he was allowed to pick what ever he wanted. It was about the middle of the year and Dad said, “Why don’t we just call it Black Friday.” Since he was so excited to wear the same outfit every single Friday.

This is what he wore every Friday for the whole year.

This is what he wore every Friday for the whole year.

Justice we are so proud of you! Your heart is in the right place and your desire to do well and what is right is praiseworthy. Watching you grow older brings me so much joy, but I will admit this milestone was hard on me as you are no longer a youngster. You are in school and growing so fast. I have had so much fun with you by my side over the years knowing your every move. I miss not having you home as much, but you have made us proud. We look forward to what being 6 years old has in store for us.

We enjoyed a couple birthday parties.  This one was with some of our closest friends and some of our new neighbors.

We enjoyed a couple birthday parties. This one was with some of our closest friends and some of our new neighbors.

One with Grandma and Grandpa while they were here.

One with Grandma and Grandpa while they were here.

Justice you sure do know how to make life fun.  You bring so much joy to our lives.  We look forward to another fun year with you!

Justice you sure do know how to make life fun. You bring so much joy to our lives. We look forward to another fun year with you!

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