Friday, April 22, 2022

Luke Lately

I feel a bit emotional writing about Luke (blaming it on being pregnant). But really, just have so much love for my boys. I often feel so fortunate to be able to be Luke's mom, he is such a good natured kid and just one of my best friends. I hope we always stay good friends. He turns 5 next month! Unreal. 

 He has been in dutch primary school for almost 6 months now. He is understanding more and more of the language and enjoys school for the most part, but always looks forward to the weekend and being home. He is a social kid, and has made lots of friends (especially with the expats in ward). . . but the language barrier has been a challenge for him and hard I think to feel really comfortable and is described at school as being 'really shy' by his teacher (which was surprising to us). I wonder if he would be nearly as shy at english speaking school, while in London he commented: "it must be really easy to make friends here, the kids speak english." which kinda broke my heart a bit. He never complains, but school days are really long and exhausting it seems (8:45-3:00).  We have dealt with a lot more emotions and feelings of anxiety and frustration at home and outside and it's been a bit overwhelming to navigate at times and know how to best parent and love and teach. 

Luke's favorite thing these days is "recycling." He loves making toys and creating things and always full of surprises. He has this little workshop in our home and just always tinkering around and coming up with the coolest creative things.  Luke loves swimming and playing outside on the deck, he enjoys Clay and really good at including him and sharing. His favorite animal is a cheetah, because they are fast like him.  He loves holidays, especially Christmas and often can be found humming Christmas songs or requesting Alexa to play Christmas music even now. The favorite show lately is called "Buurman and Burrman" (a czech puppet animation) that is in dutch about two clumsy but resourceful handymen. Luke's laugh is contagious and we love having him in our home. 

A Luke quote we have been laughing about this week:
(Luke and Clay were in a fight and Luke hit Clay and we stopped them)

"I don't know what happened. . .  something hit Clay... I think it might have been me."

April in Amsterdam 
Swim Lessons

Luke and Kristian, best school mates

Luke: "Hey look, I am MOM!" 

Sawyer, Luke, Kevin

The best buds 

Luke and Kevin
Trying to learn new things, I have cut Luke's hair twice now. The first attempt was honestly awful but second go was decent. He is due for another cut in a few weeks... fingers crossed. 

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