Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Happy Half Birthday, Griffin!

On February 11th, Griffin turned 8.5 years old. While we celebrate Grayson's half birthday, Griffin REALLY cares about his half birthday. Because he doesn't get to  celebrate his real birthday at school, he brings in treats to school on his half birthday, and we also got a bundt cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes.

I always like to write up a post on the kiddos' half birthdays because I like to keep record of what they are doing and loving at that given time. It is fun to see both boys grow up and develop their little personalities.

Griffin began playing tennis two days a week this winter (it will go back to one day a week when he begins soccer), and he is still LOVING it. We are so lucky to have the PIT so close to our house, and Dave and Dan are amazing coaches. While they shorten the court a bit, Griffin has begun to play actual games (not full matches) at most lessons...serves and all.

School has been interesting for Griffin this year. He LOVES reading and learning, but it is very obvious that he misses his teacher from last year, and he hasn't quite clicked with his 3rd grade teacher in they way he has with other teachers. He continues to excel in all subjects, but we often tell him to SLOW down. He would rather finish any and all schoolwork quickly so that he can dive nose first into Harry Potter :) He is now halfway through book seven, which means he has almost read the entire series. TWICE.

Running is still one of his passions, and I couldn't be happier. Well, I was a tad jealous when he brought home his record of a 7:02 mile at school, but I am ecstatic that he continues to enjoy one of my favorite activities. His farthest run with me to date is 4 miles, and he will run a 6K on March 22nd in honor of World Water Day.

His love of running has spilled over into soccer, and we are currently exploring soccer options this spring and summer. I don't know much about soccer, but I imagine his speed will help him excel! Speaking of spring and summer, we just signed Griffin up for a WHOLE WEEK of summer camp at Trout Lake. I am TERRIFIED of sending my first born son away for a whole week, but he is adamant that this will be the best week of his life.

One of my favorite activities Griffin has started doing this year is being my tech master when I teach at church. I LOVE volunteering with him, and I love that he has a heart to follow God. He is the youngest person that fulfills this role, and it is definitely a proud moment for me when we finish teaching :)

It's hard to believe how quickly he is growing up. I swear I can remember when he was born like it was yesterday. It amazes me how mature Griffin is, and I am constantly in awe over the questions he asks and his empathetic nature. I am blessed to call him mine. 

Could this poster from school get any better? (Click to make it bigger)