This has been such a crazy summer that I am way behind on my blogging, but keep vowing to get back to it.
In between trips (I feel like I’ve lived my summer on planes) we celebrated Luke’s 11th birthday with the family. (We’re holding off on his slumber party until after our family vacation while we are house sitting for friends with a pool.)
One of the joys of adopting older kids is getting to know their already-formed personalities. It’s difficult at times too, but mostly just fun. From the early videos of the kids (during our year-long adoption) it was obvious that Luke was the more gregarious of the two kids as he coaxed Beza into singing and helped her with answers to some of the questions the agency asked on film.
What we are learning is that Luke is WAY more outgoing than we even imagined and is pretty much a big goofball. He’s good company for Natalie who is just as silly as he is! Those two are especially close. He sometimes gets so excited that we have to slow him down because we can’t understand him.
He can also be quite sensitive if he thinks he’s going to get in trouble … or if he does actually get in trouble. Sometimes that turns into the infamous Ethiopian pout, but most of the time he is able to shrug it off quite easily.
He continues to shine in athletics and is looking forward to playing on the 5th/6th grade team sports next year at school. It will be so much easier to manage those with the family schedule rather than league sports.
I suspect that he has quite a bit of musical talent as well. My dad is a big harmonica player and last year gave each of the kids their own harmonica and a book that teaches them how to play. A few weeks ago Luke got really into it and taught himself to play Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star quite well.
As a treat my parents took the kids to a pizza place on the east side of town that features a harmonica band on Friday nights. Since my dad is friends with one of the members he arranged for them to sing Happy Birthday to Luke and they invited Luke up on stage to play Twinkle, Twinkle with them. Dad said he did it perfectly.
When I can catch him singing I can tell he’s got a good singing voice as well and I suspect from his occasional drumming in the car that he’s got rhythm. (Which he definitely did NOT get from THIS momma!)
So happy belated birthday blog Luke. We love you and are so proud to be your mom and dad!