Thank you for the most fun summer of my life. Spending these weeks with you reminded me of everything wonderful about being a child...the endless sense of adventure and amazement in the world around us. You remind me to slow down and enjoy what is right outside our front door, you have me running around to places I haven't enjoyed since I was a kid myself, and you show me how to look at things with wonder.
You have shown me that when you are plum tired, you need to take a nap, when you are unhappy in a restaurant (or Mr. Bagel), you can scream bloody murder to get out, and when you get a boo-boo, Mommy should always hang up the phone to kiss it... or accept the consequence when you take matters into your own hands.
You have been a super-hero (just ask Ella), an athlete, a performer, and fire fighter, a skater/surfer dude, and Luigi the Italian chef! You make our life a musical, a spy thriller, and a comedy... all in one day! Kid, you know how to have fun! Your contagious belly laugh is reason alone to wake up each day.
You have grown up so much, so quickly, and I marvel at that phenomenon every Mommy knows well... my baby (my BABY!) is really going to school. Oh, and you are so ready. Your excitement makes it almost impossible for me to be sad... almost.
It needs to be said, buddy, that I have never... ever... in my whole life pal, spent as much time with one person as you and I have these summer months. I have loved this time with you, and as the days countdown quickly to the next big adventure, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of our more memorable moments. This journal of timelines and updates, moments and milestones... well, it is as much about you as Luciana... the baby sister you already show such affection for. You are the reason Daddy and I love being parents.
Here are some special times from the "Summer of Sam".
Thank you for loving us.
*(Note to grandparents... grab tissues.)