Happy 7th Birthday Solon

On August 7th Solon turned 7 — His GoLdEn BiRthDaY!
While at the lake we celebrated Solon’s, My dad’s and my August birthdays!
Then as is tradition for Solon, he never forgets, we go to the Mall of America to ride rides.  This year since we were celebrating my birthday too we snuck in a little shopping too ;)!  My cousin Bailey (from TX) and his girlfriend were in town and Casen and my Aunt Chris joined us too! So we had a good group…
The “big kids” talked Solon into the upside down roller coaster, he was nervous but being with them puffed him and once he did it, in his words it was “Totally Awesome!”  I had to try it once with him too ;)!  He rode every roller coaster 2 times, he was pretty excited about that and we did lots of other rides in between.  Vera was excited to give the Orange Streak a whirl since she squeaked by the 42 inches requirement (and I mean squeak!).

Do you see Solon?

We gave the Bubble Guppy balloons a twirl… 
…and they got bad guys with Grandma!
The day after we arrived home from MN it was time for Solon’s party.  This year he opted to keep it small with just 2 of his closest friends and go jumping at SkyZone!  So we left Lucy with Emilie and off we all went to jump for an hour.  Everyone had a blast from dodge ball, to the foam pit and shooting baskets on a trampoline.
Then we came home and had pizza and cupcakes & ice cream and opened presents!

Then just 2 days later the coveted birthday arrived.  We had doughnuts in a bag (they are a fan favorite here) for breakfast and then opened presents after church…the girls both picked Solon out a gift.  Mom and Dad got him a new bike, all he wanted was a new bike with hand brakes and a kickstand!

Then the birthday boy picked Mexican food for lunch…our family can down some chips and salsa in a hurry!
We rounded out the day with a swim at Nana and Papa’s pool and a cake decorated by Papa!
Our not so little guy had a great time celebrating all week!  He is well loved!
Solon is our snuggle bug.  He loves cuddling up right before bed and chit chatting about the day.  He constantly is hugging or touching someone, he is quite affectionate!  He is shy at first and prefers small groups over a crowd.  He works hard and tries his best and likes to read especially Peanuts comics and Mo Willems books these days.  He is usually reluctant to try something for the first time but once he tries it, he will do it again a hundred times.  Point and case the swim test, high dive, roller coaster, etc.   He struggles with not mastering something right away (just like his momma), he wants to be  a master pianist yesterday but he is starting to get the hang of hand position (I am not meant to teach him ;)!  You can normally find him playing with his magna tiles, building roads for his many modes of transportation or building a lego set.  
He also loves to play basketball and football with Scott (sometimes I will do but he hates when I win!).  He tried out his first basketball camp this summer and he loved it.  He is sensitive and inquisitive and loves his sisters so much.  He is a tremendous help!  He is an awesome eater but especially loves mexican food.  For a treat, he loves ice cream and soda.  He has a sweet tooth just like his dad!  He loves to do projects with Scott and ride in the back of the convertible.  He is an avid swimmer and is diligently working on his strokes at lessons.  He would never get out of the pool if he could.  He has a tender heart and a desire to obey.  He continues to learn more about God and we pray when he’s ready, he will accept Jesus as His Savior!  He soaks so much in and asks lots of questions!  We are so thankful God gave us this sweet boy to raise, he is just the very best :).
Happy Birthday Solon Robert Port
We love you to the moon and back xoxo

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