Another development from last weekend was that Uncle Kevin finished up the job of refurbishing one of Coby's old bikes to give to Finn to use. Finn's been needing to move up a step in bike size, so we stopped at the Bridges' house to pick up the bike on the way home from Grandma and Grandpa B's house on Sunday...and had 4 bikes on our new bike rack for the first time. Only one of the four bikes really fits on as intended, so it look's kind of funny. Here's a photo:
Today I went to Aunt Robins cottage. Who went with me? Coleman, Aunt Allison, mommy, Elliot, and Grandma B. I went wave riding with Aunt Robin and played at the beach. I went fishing and caught two fish. Wave riding is like jet skiing. We were on a lake. I went this fastâ€¦45 miles an hour! Thatâ€™s it.
Dad will post some pictures when he gets them from Grandma.
Both boys enjoy playing the piano and are going to take some lessons this summer. Here's some footage of Finn playing one of his favorite tunes:
Here's another video of Finn playing some original compositions and Elliot playing harmonica:
When it's your birthday in Finn's Montessori class, you take a symbolic walk around the sun once for each of your years. Your also share a photo and a few thoughts about each year.
Here are the photos Lisa selected for Finn's 5th birthday last week.
2003: born 19 May 2003, 8 lbs 1 oz, crawled at 6 months, walked at 10 months
2004: talked, first few words were: door, juice, nurse, water, "la la" for banana
2005: learned to rid tricylce
2006: started at Midland Montessori
2007: started soccer, Taekwon Do "little dragons", trip to Disney World
2008: soccer, video games, music (singing, piano), learned to ride bike without training wheels
Friday afternoon, Finn and I were gardening in the front flower bed. We were removing old landscape rocks, cutting back dead stuff, and of course pulling weeds. Finn was loving every minute of it, especially since I let him use the hand pruners. Anyway, our neighbors across the street came home and on the way into their house the woman said to us, "when you guys are done, you can come on over here, we got lots to pull." I laughed and we exchanged a friendly moment. After they were in the house, Finn walked over to me and said "Those people need our help mom, and we can help them....we have cutters and pulling weeds is easy.....I'm good at it so we need to go over there when we are done." He continued on every few minutes with similar statements. My replies ranged from, "She was only kidding honey." , "she was just being friendly", and "yes, they do have weeds, but most people like to pull their own weeds, so we don't need to go over there." and so on did not do much convincing. After hearing myself say that last one really got me thinking. Maybe Finn understands the golden rule better than I do.
Last night Finn was lobbying for a bath. To bolster his case, he claimed that both his arm pits and his leg pits were stinking.
Finn recently graduated from a car seat to a booster seat. He was quite excited about this event, especially since he no longer has to wait for someone else to let him out of his seat. He often forgets about this freedom and has to be reminded, though.
Here is a photo of him in his booster and some photos and video of him in his Taekwon Do class: