After sending Grace the email "birthday card" that I did, I knew I needed to match that recent memory with something similar for Haley, but rather than the more sentimental "year by year" approach I took with pictures with me and Grace, I took a more teasing path with Haley, since she's currently all full of vinegar when she relates to me. So I claimed that every picture I picked showed something that Haley felt for me, knowing that that allegation would grab her attention and energy, even if for a vehement denial, and only then followed that with noting that I thought all these same things back to Haley. So I hope that went over fairly well. I wasn't able to catch anyone at home today with a phone call, so I'll hear about it later.
You are now SIX YEARS OLD.
I was thinking about how cool it was to be six years old, and how cool it has been for me to know you for SIX WHOLE YEARS. So, I looked at some old pictures. But instead of showing you a picture from each year that I have known you, like I did for the email "birthday card" I sent to Grace, I decided that I would do something different. I would show you six pictures that I took from times you and I were together. Each of these pictures shows something YOU think about ME, and also that I think about YOU.
Haley thinks Uncle Mike is SUPER FUNNY:
Haley thinks Uncle Mike is AS EXCITING AS A ROLLER COASTER RIDE:
Haley thinks Uncle Mike is VERY ADMIRABLE:
Haley thinks Uncle Mike is LOTS OF FUN TO PLAY WITH:
Haley thinks Uncle Mike is COOL TO HANG OUT WITH:
Haley thinks Uncle Mike is SWEET ENOUGH TO KISS:
And, like I said, your Uncle Mike thinks all these things about you, too. I heard you had an AWESOME fun time at your other birthday party with your friends: I wish I could have been at that one, too, just to see how much fun you were having. But TODAY is your actual birthday, and so now I hope you are going to have a THIRD super fun day, this time with Mom and Dad and Grace and Sophie: all the people who love you most in the whole world.
I love you just about that much, too, and I look forward to playing with you some on the next time I visit, especially now that you're a cool six year-old.