This dude is NINE (!) today!

He is such a delight and SO grown up. He’s an only child so he’s around adults a lot anyway, but he really is a collected, focused little human (who wore a bow tie for our “downtown day”).

He has the brain of an engineer and an artist’s sense of color. He can tell you anything about trains–literally anything, from technical signal workings to when different engines were in service. He’s extremely open-minded about new experiences, which is rare in kids (or even adults) and he’s just fun to be around. I know I’ll always learn something after I talk to him.

He has an iCloud account now and is texting (!) and I treasure the messages I get:

Happy birthday, Skyler! I hope your day is really ixiding.