It’s a few weeks ago now – nearly three weeks (sorry Liam) – and time for my annual blog post to mark another birthday.
Our awesome little guy has now turned SIX years old….!
Such a huuuge year for Liam – where to begin ?
Obviously, the biggest milestone in a child’s life is starting school. Liam began prep at the start of 2013, at Knox Gardens – same school as Cameron (who started grade 2).
In the weeks before starting, Liam was saying that he was looking forward to learning how to read – he wanted to be just like Cameron !
I remember thinking how little he looked, when he was all loaded up with a big school bag – with a big smile – excited to go to school with his big brother…
Liam’s teacher is Mrs.Marletta – she’s an amazing prep teacher – we couldn’t have asked for a better start to school for him.
You can see the growth and change, in only a few months – these next photos are from the “Parent-Teacher” night – which was in late-June…
School has meant a great number of activities – not just learning to read and write – which he’s doing amazing with – but also days like “crazy hair day” and the school “disco” – and participating in the school concert.
They sang “Crocodile Rock” – and “Old Man Emu” – and “Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree” (and different verses with “Kookaburra Sits On The Electric Wire !”).
And – you gotta love the official school photo…
Riding His Bike
Another great development has been moving onto a proper bike – without training wheels. Liam actually learnt to ride on a ‘balance bike’ – which he could sit on, and zoom around everywhere.
He was so confident that we tried him on a normal bike (with training wheels) – he actually did WORSE. So – we took off the training wheels – and showed him how to pedal – and he was away…
** This is the only time he rode with training wheels (!)
** Five minutes after these photos, I was putting the camera away, and heard a cry out from the driveway – and he’d face-planted in the driveway – ouch !
Along with Cameron, Liam participated in AusKick this year – he’s 1/2 interested, but says that he has a good time. He enjoys kicking – and getting much better at it – but happy to just run around with his friends.
Next year, *HE* will be the big one at AusKick – as Cameron has graduated – and Charlie might also come along too.
One of Liam’s greatest memories of AusKick was getting an ‘award’ – once for the AMF Bowling – and another for a Pancake Parlour treat. I took him as a “Dad+son date” – and had an awesome time – yummy dessert, and colouring in for aaages.
** Liam’s coach Scottie + trophy – AND – an ice cream treat (happy boy !)
Again, following along with Cameron, Liam started to do Karate during term 2 this year. He’s now done TWO gradings – and just graduated to a ‘red/white’ belt.
We’ve very proud of him – he’s getting great at his technique – and really DOES enjoy it – he’s in a separate class to Cameron – along with a buddy Ryan.
** Just before his first grading – and then congrats !
Despite the fact that he’s following along with Cameron for school & other activities, he’s no longer in Cameron’s shadow – and really has an identity of his own.
He has a great number of friends at school – with Alex Lowe being his best buddy. When Donna picks up Liam from school, he & Alex walk along to the car, chatting away – they just love hanging out together.
Liam has been invited to MANY birthday parties – he’s a hit with the girls too – sometimes being the only boy that was invited ! He’s been to a build-a-bear party, and dance-party, and gymnastics – and even a tae-kwon-do party…
Recently, when it was Liam’s birthday, we had fun at the playground at “Daisey’s” in Ringwood. Liam invited a bunch of his friends from school – Alex, Tammy, Eliza, Adam, Micheal and Alex P.
By far, Liam’s favourite thing is “Peppa Pig”. He had a themed birthday party, including invitations, and cake – and his presents included a stuffed beanie toy Peppa Pig – and Peppa Pig beach towel. Of course, he loves watching the TV show whenever he catches it on ABC2.
He’s also greatly into playing video games – Mario Brothers, Minecraft, Lego Batman, SkyLanders – he’s mastered them all. He usually plays along with his brothers, but sometimes on his own – and of course, the iPad games get a workout.
He even plays video games with his teddy !
The kids have worked out the camera on the iPhone too – so we often find photos of their silly faces – or little video’s of poking tongues accompanied by a Liam-giggle…
Another treat for his birthday was a ‘membership’ for Club Penguin (www.clubpenguin.com). He can now create his own “puffle” and decorate his igloo – LOL !
He also loves the educational games, like Reading Eggs and CoolMaths4Kids.
Liam is an awesome brother – he has a BIG brother and a LITTLE brother – one of each ! They all play so well together (usually) – often with wrestles & goofing around – or some Lego fiddling & creating new machines.
He loves his cousins too – especially Jasmine – they’re always playing together if/when we have a family get together.
And of course, lots of fun with Dad – including stories, and piggy back rides – and always lots of hugs & kisses at bedtime – and of course, “can I have a drink of water” (his habitual question before lights-out).
And of course, with our lovely dog Chloe.
Birthday in Fiji
Liam’s birthday happens to coincide with our wedding anniversary – the doctor laughed and said that we’d be spending the next 10 anniversaries at Macca’s…!
For our 10 year wedding anniversary, we had a family holiday to Fiji – which meant that Liam had a birthday party *IN* Fiji !
He was pretty excited, and was telling customs officials that he was going to Fiji for his birthday – LOL !
On the day, we had some present-opening with the family – and he played some Lego – and was sung to by the roving guitarist in the lunch buffet restaurant.
And at night, we went to a fire-dancing display, and they called his name, and he was on stage with the Fiji warriors who also sang him Happy Birthday – and THEN – he received a birthday card from Nanna+GrandDad – all the way from Glen Waverley.
Suffice to say, he had a GREAT birthday.
** New Peppa Pig + Happy 6th Birthday Cupcake !
** And the resort (Shangri-La) even brought him a cake to our room – nice !
** Doing some drawing with Mum
Goofy faces + laughter
Whenever the camera is pointed at Liam, he seems to either look away – or do a goofy face – he’s just hilarious (and frustrating at the same time – LOL !)
Such a great kid
And then – you get the photos that show him for the amazing little kid that he is – he REALLY is just awesome…
So – after all that – we want to wish you an amazing birthday – to our darling little Liam – we love you very much !!