Alexander has become quite adept at calendaring and numbers and things lately, so you'd better believe he'd been counting down to his birthday for weeks prior to the event. Now that it's happening, he's been counting "days since" he turned five.
Here's is morning message, alerting us that he'd finally done it and "today" (October 14th) he was five:
Here he is with his "5" crown on (Benjamin made it for him to wear, and, boy, did he wear it with pride):
Alexander was quite pleased with the finished product:
Xany (like zany but with an x)
Egg-salutely obsessed with owls
Roomba (he loves cleaning and is very helpful)
A stretch with some things, but very thoughtful overall.
You have had a great year: doing the dishes, reading, and doing stuff when mom asks you to. Happy b-day Owl-man (aka Alex).
I didn't transcribe it as it is written because some of Benjamin's dysgraphia (or what I assume is dysgraphia) naturally appears throughout the text. Dishes was written dishish, Alex was capitalized in one instance but not in another, he forgot to drop the /e/ in loving, etc. But I'm really quite impressed with how much his writing has improved over the last few years! He's come a long way!
You are already 5! You are so good at reading and such a good helper! I love you so much! You are so creative, good at drawing and you are very kind!
Loves spooky vibes
Eager to help
I know a sweet little boy
Who fills our home with joy!
He plays all day, does dishes, too,
A cheerful kid—do you know who?
Wow, Alexander, you're five! I can hardly believe it! You're a sweet, sensitive soul. I love you so much. Thanks for always being willing to help around the house and for being so kind to your little sister. You're cute, creative, and such a good reader, writer, and math-doer. I love you!
And from Dad: