George, I can't believe how fast you are growing. You are no longer part of the little kid group, but have definitely joined the big kids.
You spent a lot of time this summer just playing outside with "the boys," our twin neighbor boys and Thomas. The moment you would see them outside, you dash out of the house and hop on your bike. I would see you all riding up and down our street going back and forth. You followed them around the neighborhood, funny that I didn't really mind you riding your bike around as long as you were with Thomas. Frank and Lily, our neighborhood turkeys still wander around and you would try to find them on your bike.
You are a master on the trampoline. You can flip and fly like no one I've ever seen at your age. You also make me panic the most as you never seem to tuck your head under until the very last second. On really hot days you guys would put the sprinkler on under the trampoline and jump with your suits on!
You were not old enough to ride your bike to the pool with Thomas and Annie, so when they would leave, you usually grabbed your blanket, stuck your thumb in your mouth (yes, you still suck your thumb) and just lay down somewhere. Sometimes you would look at books, but mostly you would just lay somewhere. Then when Pete was awake, you would grab your suit and goggles and be so excited to get to the pool.
You liked watching Thomas' games this summer and towards the end of the season you were the "official" bat boy! It cracked me up to see you with the "big boys" and walk out there like it was no big deal, although it really was, and grab the bat that was thrown to the ground. You took your job very seriously!
You are always the last one to bed in our house. You get about fifty drinks of water and ask for your back scratched just as many times. The only bonus of you not falling asleep until eleven o'clock or later was that you would sleep in sometimes until ten thirty!
You have found a new style that just cracks me up. You love to pull up your socks to your knees. It doesn't matter how hot it is outside, you hike those puppies up. It makes me laugh especially at baseball how you wear ski socks, bright colored ski socks, and pull them up. It's good that you are not concerned with looking just like other kids. I like your style!
Every Tuesday this summer, you and Thomas would go to Boy's Choir at St. Teresa's. Monsignor Nemec leads a choir of all boys. I'm so proud of you being a part of that choir. You had no trouble getting up early on Tuesdays and going. I would always ask Thomas if you actually sang and he would just smile at me!