Wow! Look at Colin!! He’s eight years old already! I seriously could not be more proud of him! Colin is such a cool little dude and is just so crazy smart and fun to be around! He literally blows me away sometimes by his intellect. I still have not beat the kid at Chess. Yes, it’s pretty pathetic. And it’s not just me. He’s even beaten Clint and Chessmaster Don. Only one time for each, but still, that’s impressive.
I look at Colin and see him excelling in so many different areas, that it almost scares me by what he’s accomplishing at such a young age. I try so hard not to put undue pressure on him, but at the same time, Colin loves the feeling of achievement and accomplishment, and he’s doing that alright!
Colin gets straight As in all his classes and is in the GT (Gifted & Talented) program at school. He’s doing great and loves it! Colin is also in the Chess Club at school (a year early) and beats most everyone he plays.
Outside of school, Colin is in gymnastics and is excelling at such a rapid rate. He started gymnastics at Level 1 last May and moved up to Level 4 in October (normally the rate is one level per year). Now Colin can do a back handspring (and a bunch of other cool tricks) is close to making the Level 5 team. He LOVES gymnastics and picking up so quickly!!
In church, Colin is working on reading the Book of Mormon and memorizing the 13 Articles of Faith. Colin is also SO excited about starting Scouts and working to collect various merit badges.
Colin also loves to read and will often read a chapter book cover to cover in one night. His favorite books are super funny laugh-out-loud books (like Diary of a Wimpy kid and Sideways Stories from Wayside School) and National Geographic educational books for kids (Why is the sky blue? How do planets rotate? Etc.).
Colin is also your typical goofy boy and loves to play video games (Minecraft is probably his favorite). But, in true Colin fashion, he’s taken it to the next level and (with his Dad’s help) created his own You Tube channel “Colinator Gaming.” Colin is officially now a “You Tuber” and posts weekly updates on Saturdays. I think he has about 10-15 followers, but to him that’s huge!
Aside from all of Colin’s accomplishments, I’m most proud of the person he is inside. Colin’s teacher told me last year that Colin has a “servant’s heart.” I have never thought of that before, but it perfectly describes Colin’s character of wanting to help others and being an example of Christ.
Colin’s teachers this year reiterated the same thing when Colin was chosen to receive the Red Lantern Award. The Red Lantern Award is the most coveted award given at Bonnie Holland Elementary. Only one child per class per year receives the award, and it’s given to the student who the teachers feel exemplify good character, who are always doing their best and setting a good example to others, and are hardworking, kind, and trustworthy. It melted my heart that Colin received this award. He is one incredible kid and I am so lucky to be his mom! But, the most amazing thing about Colin is that he just doesn’t know how amazing he truly is!!