S: 2011: The Year I Turned 6
BC: The End
FC: 2011: The Year I Turned 6
1: Joshua grew significantly in height, breadth and depth this year. His strong body is matched by the strength of his personality, his opinions (of which he has many,) his capacity for both adventure and stillness, and his sense of justice. He’s cuddly but self-reliant, and more serious than silly, but he’s very quick to laugh and smile, and to give and receive affection. He’s fiercely loyal and has developed a reputation among the Kindergarten teachers as being the strong, big kid who will stand up to (but not fight with) the bullies on the playground. He asks fascinating questions—“Mom, where is my intellect located?”—and loves a mental challenge, especially if it’s mathematical. But at the end of the day, he still wants “uppy” and would prefer to sleep in our bed. He may be tall and strong and independent, but he’s still our little boy. | He learned how to tie his shoes in May.
2: I got another room makeover, this time with a full size bed. Mom hopes this will last me a while.
3: The many faces of me
13: I love to be pampered.
30: I love my family.
31: 13th Anniversary!
32: Mom and me
34: One night in October, as he was falling asleep, Joshua said, "Mom, I'll always love you more than the earth is round. I don't remember what it's like to be dead, but I know that I'd keep loving you even if I died."
35: This is the four of us breaking boards to celebrate Mom's passing her taekwondo black belt test in June.
36: Dad and me
38: January 22, 2011: Monster Jam date night with Daddy GRAVE DIGGER!
40: "I don't believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings, gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at." ~Maya Angelou
41: Sashie and me
59: A brother shares childhood memories and grown-up dreams. ~Anonymous
60: Da-dad and Mimi and me
63: "As he grew in the following months, it was easy to see that he was going to be a fine young monster." ~from Cree, by LAP
64: Grammy and Poppy and me
67: My cousins: Michaela (8), Catherine Mei (8), Quinn (4) and Charlotte (4)
69: I love hearing Tia sing at her Friday night gigs at Las Ventanas.
70: JJ and me: best friends since forever
72: At Aunt Lee's land in New Braunfels | At Bucee's on our way to Aunt Holly's ranch | Horsing around | First day of Kindergarten | Soccer practice | Storybook character day: Curious George and Harold and The Purple Crayon | At the ranch | Sack racing
73: After school | At Dr. Tjoa's waiting for Aunt Holly to get off work | Diamondbacks | Getting our teeth cleaned | Waiting | Matching buzz cuts | Watching a movie in Aunt Holly's bed | At the peak--and near the end--of the long and passionate cowboy phase
75: JJ's cousin, Stella, was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy | To help her parents buy her a special wheelchair, we had lemonade stands throughout the year.
76: I have such good buddies.
78: Luke Forney and Cameron Basra | Eli Jones | Jack Magnus | Jackson Phillips | Sasha | Joey Brannen | Jackson Ranucci | Luke Forney
79: Harrison Tramonte | Joey Brannen | Cohen Majewski and Tripp Hopkins | Joey Brannen and JJ | Jackson Phillips, Luke Forney, and Jack Magnus | Natalie Casper | Jackson Phillips and Natalie Casper | Miles Dominey
80: Minivan confessions: 5-year-old #1: Did you know "sexy" is a bad word? 5-year-old #2: What does "sexy" mean? 5-year-old #3: It means you're NAKED! All 3: uncontrollable laughter.
81: Fun at Firetruck Park
83: Rock stars
85: This summer, we had to say goodbye to our very special friends, Clara, Keller and Tripp Hopkins, who moved first to Connecticut then to Utah after school was out. I still miss Tripp very much.
86: My first WULL team: The Diamondbacks
89: My first trophy! | Team Roster: Jackson Phillips Cohen Majewski me Tripp Hopkins JJ Wimberley Harrison Tramonte Joey Crain Jackson Ranucci Joshua Horn Luke Forney Cameron Basra
90: Easter at home
93: In April, we spent spring break in San Antonio with the Forneys. We stayed at La Cantera, toured the Riverwalk, and went to Sea World.
95: In May, I graduated from the Butterfly class at WUMS, fully prepared for Kindergarten in the fall. | Mrs. Willard
96: In early May, JJ and Matthew, Weston and Jess Cadena, and I all decided to get buzz cuts. I went first, and Aunt Holly called for a "2 and 1"--2mm on top and 1mm on the sides. Who knew that half of my hair was translucent and that I would look bald. The other guys went for "3 and 2"s. Lesson learned.
97: In May, I tried out for the West University Piranhas swim team. I had to swim 20 meters in under 45 seconds. I made it, but barely. When I got out, I told Mom, "I don't want to be a Piranha. I don't want to be a fish of any kind. I wouldn't even be an electric eel!"
98: It was a record-setting summer with a siege of 100-degree-plus days, an extreme drought, and forest fires that ravaged much of Texas... | ...but we still enjoyed our regular trips to Austin and the Hill Country.
100: We spent a July day in Spicewood, Texas at the beautiful Krause Springs, a gorgeous property that sits on a bluff overlooking Cypress Creek.
101: That water was COLD!
102: In July, we escaped the heat and spent a few days at the T Bar M Ranch with Mimi and Da-dad, then stayed in New Braunfels for a mini-Camp Wimberley at Aunt Lee's "land."
103: We also went to Schlitterbahn (but Mom didn't take her camera.)
104: We cooled off at the beach
106: We spent some super-fun time at the ranch
108: This year, Mom became the PR chairperson for WUES, so she used me as her model for a back-to-school press release.
109: First day of Kindergarten at West University Elementary School
110: In the MPR waiting for the first bell of our elementary school career | Sashie walked me to class | I was really glad she did | The matching backpacks we insisted on buying at the Beeville HEB this summer | In Ms. Ross's classroom | Learning to say the pledges
111: It was a great first day!
113: I'm learning how to write.
115: In September, I became an Angry Shark! Team Roster: me Joshua Horn Jackson Ranucci JJ Wimberley Alex Wong
116: In September, we spent a rainy day paddling on McGovern Lake at Hermann Park, then checking out the new Africa exhibit at the zoo.
117: The school carnival was in October. What could be more fun than dyeing our hair, dancing like robots, and waging confetti egg wars?
118: In October, we went to Dewberry Farm. We had rubber duck races, panned for semi-precious stones, ziplined, got lost in a corn maze, and bounced (for a long, long time) on the inflatable domes.
120: Happy Halloween!
121: In November, Mom and Aunt Holly took JJ and me on a date night: dinner at Harlow's and the 7:30 3D showing of Puss In Boots.
122: Field Day!
123: For my sixth birthday, I agreed to forgo a big party and instead, enjoy a more expensive gift. Mom bought and built first a go-kart and then a Green Machine, both of which had to be returned. But I got a really cool ramp for my new bike, and Sasha gave me a stuffed dog as big as me that I love.
124: And as for the party I wasn't going to have, Mom invited all my "other mothers" and their kids (who are my best friends anyway) over on the afternoon of my birthday for one of our usual Fun Friday gatherings. They brought presents and we had cupcakes and it ended up being a really fantastic birthday party. | HAPPY SIXTH BIRTHDAY TO ME!
126: Our annual birthday picture | Flashback: 2008 | Flashback: 2010
127: Happy birthday boy
128: We had Thanksgiving at our house, and Daddy made it home from Saudia Arabia just in time for lunch. Grand-Mimi was there, too, and we were all thankful for that and for the many blessings in our lives.
129: In December, we made our annual trip to Rochester, MN. Daddy got a clean bill of health from the Mayo Clinic; we got to spend time with our dear friends, the Paters; and best of all, it SNOWED! | Eric, Ellory, Ocean (10), and Ella (8) Pater
130: Sashie and I had trouble clearing our ears on our descent, but after a few hours, we were fine. On Friday, we went with the Paters to Oxbow Park to see the rescued animals. On Saturday morning, I helped Eric shovel snow, and then we went sledding. It was so much fun!
133: Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas!
135: We enjoyed our annual Christmas Eve with all the Wimberleys for our gift exchange and wearing our matching PJs. The Cadena family joined us this year, and so we were nine Christmas monkeys jumping all around. | Flashback: 2007
136: We loved our presents from Mom and Dad and Santa; everything was low-tech and really fun. I especially loved my easel, which I keep in my room.
139: Cheers to a wonderful 2011 and an even better 2012!