Happy 12th Birthday to our Everett!! I probably say the same thing every year but what a great kid! As he grows up and becomes more independent, it is nice to see how kind and thoughtful he is.
We are so fortunate that he is so easy going, comfortable with new situations and people, doesn't get upset, and he never complains about anything. I know he knows how to take care of himself and make good decisions. We can send him off to the golf course or the ski hill and I know he will be okay. He has already told us of some instances where other kids were not making good choices and how he would deal with the situation, so he has a good head on his shoulders. I know he gets along well with his classmates and teachers. A parent of one of the girls in his class told me that she had to work with E on something for school and that he was a great boy to work with, not like the other kids. (She was very clear this was not a crush situation, just wanted to say he was a nice boy.) It's always nice to hear that.
He's a very clever kid, which makes some conversations with him infuriating as he always wants to be right, or to trick us somehow, so I'm still working on trying to understand how his brain works and be more patient. He is a typical big brother and loves to give Q a hard time, which Q does not handle well, so it leaves us playing referee and poor E gets scolded more than he probably should. Sibling dynamics!!
Ultimately we are very proud of him and can't wait to see what 12 brings!
A few pictures over this past year with the annual birthday quiz to follow.