On your seventh birthday
While you were going to sleep as a six-year-old last night, your dad and I agreed that we’d let you open presents this morning after we all had breakfast.
That was the deal.
But I woke up earlier than everyone this morning so I ate breakfast in the peace and quiet. And waited to hear your footsteps.
In a little while, you came down wearing your Batman blanket and carrying an armful of stuffed animals. We both looked at each other and grinned and then you said, “I KNOW I KNOW! IT IS MY BIRTHDAY! AUGHHH!”
After you tackled me and proved that your seven year old hugs are much stronger, you eyed the stack of presents on the dining room table and said “Whoa! Presents! What is inside them? Remember, I’m on the TEAM now so you have to tell me!”
You see, on your last day of being six, we talked about our upcoming Easter plans. There was talk of family being in town, dyeing eggs, and eating marshmallow peeps (which I think are completely disgusting and you think are delicious) when you casually informed us of the following:
“I know about the Easter secret. You are just pretending to be the bunny. And I guess this means that Santa is pretend too. I know I saw him on a firetruck, at the mall, and in the parking lot one time but I think it was just a man in a costume. You are the one doing the presents. And the Tooth Fairy is probably you just putting money under my pillow. Have you been hiding my teeth in the trashcan?
AM I RIGHT?”
Your dad and I sat there feigning shock, stage-whispering back and forth, and audibly wondering if you were old enough to be on the Team.
We decided you were and informed you that now you are a member of Team Secret. All members have to promise not to tell other children that you KNOW.
And now you think that means you get to know what your presents are before you actually open them.
We’ve had a slow and relaxing morning of present-opening and LEGO putting-together.
You requested spaghetti for lunch because “it’s messy and I love it.” I’m icing the cake in a few minutes and then we’re going to play and enjoy the gifts that you received from us and from South Carolina and Maryland.
It is really amazing to watch you become older, taller, stronger, and wiser. You are a really smart little boy who absolutely loves discovering everything.
Most of your days are spent twirling around pretending you know spinjitzu, reading books until you fall asleep, doing “Science Magic”, recreating everything you learn from Cosmos, going on bike adventures, trying to master your scooter, practicing multiplication, questioning everything, and lovingly taking excellent care of your stuffed animal collection.
The most precious moment today was when we sang Happy Birthday to you. It looked like you were misty-eyed as you whispered, “that was sooooo sweet.”
Mom (or Mommy when you are tired)
P.S. We’re going to make a Birthday video at some point today even though you informed me “I’m not really into that.” I don’t think I’m ready to let go of that tradition yet. Sniffle.
1:16 pm • 6 April 2014 • 2 notes • View comments
standing up in the milky way
We watched the first episode of Cosmos with Drew tonight (he’s going to join us in tomorrow’s viewing) and we had to pause it when Neil deGrasse Tyson told the story of Girodano Bruno.
I suppose this was Drew’s first experience with learning about real bad guys in history and he shrieked “DOES HE HAVE A GRAVE??” when Tyson admitted that Bruno had been killed.
Below is the monument to Bruno in the place he was executed, Campo de’ Fiori in Rome.
Our favorite parts of this episode were:
a) Using infrared light to see rogue planets
b) The Ship of the Imagination
c) The Cosmic Calendar
d) Zooming in on Jupiter’s great red spot - Drew said “THINGS SURE CAN BE BEAUTIFUL AND DEADLY, RIGHT?”
9:51 pm • 15 March 2014 • 2 notes • View comments
Remember when I said I hoped this week would be productive?
I have been so sick. The kind of sick where you wake up half-way through the night choking and then head downstairs to pace the floor and cry.
But, I’m better. I made it through today without falling over even once.
I got a beautiful gift in the mail from Bethany today and it made me cry.
Three weeks ago, I said this elsewhere:
I just saw lamplight from Drew’s room and peered in to see him reading another encyclopedia.
It was a tiny moment of encouragement. I feel like I’m doing something right if he is fed, happy, and still eager to learn about the world.
I was having a really rough day when I wrote that and that brief moment of seeing him reading was my sole encouragement as I fell asleep that evening.
Bethany read my words and promptly asked for my mailing address.
And then she surprised me with this beautiful mug!
Bethany also sent Drew three crocheted balls as well and he was over the moon about them.
He’s juggled with them, petted them, fed them, put them to bed, and turned them into Pokéballs as well.
Tomorrow the high is supposed to be 37! Even though there is still snow everywhere, I’m really hoping we can spend sometime outside.
Daniel and Drew have been great about taking care of me for the past few days but I think we’re all three ready to get back into a normal routine of mom-isn’t-dying-on-the-couch.
7:45 pm • 6 March 2014 • 2 notes • View comments
I felt sick with a cold (maybe it’s a sinus infection) all weekend so I mostly curled up on the couch while the boys took care of me.
Books were read, TV was watched, naps were taken, and the pantry & fridge were stocked.
I’m really hoping this next week proves more productive.
10:36 am • 3 March 2014 • 1 note • View comments
Today was waking up early to a whispery voice saying I am wide awake and ready to plaaaaay!
We flung the notion of school out the window because we wanted a cozy yet adventurous day.
It started with breakfast. I gave Drew a menu and filled his wallet with fake dollars. Then I opened his piggy bank up.
He was completely shocked and super excited to place an order.
I just rolled with it when he ordered everything in the world for breakfast. He ate until his tummy hurt and then I had the leftovers. This means I had broccoli and ranch for breakfast.
Today, February 28, I won the War of the Coat.
We’ve been through a horrible winter and all the while, Daniel has worn his leather jacket and shivered. His real winter coat has hung in the foyer closet and I may have fussed a bit every single day. Why? Because he parks underground in Ann Arbor and then walks a few blocks to Barracuda and I just know he’s going to call me one evening and say that he’s half-frozen on an underground sidewalk.
SO. When we received a weather alert saying that being outside in the cold for over 30 minutes could lead to frost-bite, I pulled the coat out out of the closet and gave a death stare to my husband. He politely put the coat on and I WON THE WAR OF THE COAT.
Also, he reported that it was super cozy and not as bulky as he thought it would be. Woot.
This afternoon we stopped by Barnes and Noble for some reading & turkey and cheese wraps.
Then we hit up The Jungle Gym, the new indoor play place near our house.
I curled up with a book while Drew and his friends battled, raged, danced, and fought all over the place. They played “going to Alaska or maybe Australia or HEY LET’S GO TO FLORIDA (they pronounced it FLARDA) and MAYBE DISNEY WORLD” for about 45 minutes.
I did get nervous about one little boy who I found growling under a chair. All on his own. And then another boy turned into a goat and head butted everyone, threw boogers all around, and chased my son into my lap.
Drew and I just hugged each other and I reminded him that we could wash our hands over and over and worst case scenario, we could leave.
He got his courage up, shouted to the worst offender that “I AM NOT HAVING ANY OF THIS FUSSY HEAD BUTTING DUDE. HAHA YOU ARE A PRETTY BAD KID BUT I WILL BE YOUR FRIEND IF YOU STOP PUTTING BOOGERS ON ME.”
They made up just fine. :)
We crashed hard after our busy day and lounged about until Daniel got home.
Then it was a yummy burger dinner, staying up extra late to complete a new LEGO set, and organizing my Amazon wish lists.
It’s midnight. Drew is snoring, Daniel is almost out, and now I’m about to curl up with a book.
12:12 am • 1 March 2014 • 2 notes • View comments
Today: board games, designing invitations for a pretend math party, having the pretend math party (for Drew’s stuffed animals), and completing a list of Great Fun Things that Drew thought of this morning.
The windchill was -7 today so we stayed indoors except for a brief excursion outside for mail and to watch delivery men unload a grill into the garage.
We looked through old pictures after lunch and my exceptionally polite child said the following:
- On a picture of Daniel and I kissing at our wedding: “That’s gross. I do not like to share saliva.”
- On a picture of the three of us in the operating room when he was born: “I think I’m getting grossed out.”
- On a picture of my pregnant stomach: “It’s cute that you look like you have a butt in the front.”
Tonight: late dinner because Daniel was over at a friend’s house scooping up good deals on a surround sound system and a bike (for me! we pick it up this weekend!), setting up a play tent, massive broccoli & ranch intake, hot apple cider, and after teeth-brushing snuggles.
9:38 pm • 27 February 2014 • View comments
Here’s an idea! If you want to make your child cry, just put on a face mask and pretend that your face will always look like that. And then ignore the crying child so you can take a photo that ends up looking like the top of your head is shooting sunbeams.
Today: we welcomed a new softie into the family. Drew has had his eye on a large stuffed Minecraft creeper for quite awhile but because it’s a) $30 and b) we’ve been trying to balance MC with other things lately - we’ve been putting it off.
But after three months of quiet comments like I really wish I could adopt a softie creeper to join my other kids (an Enderman, a Mooshroom, and a purple octopus I bought from Etsy that he pretends is a Ghast), I finally told him that we could order a smaller creeper that was cheaper.
So “General Spaz” arrived in the mail today and now I have a “grandchild.”
Weirdest sentence ever.
We also had errands to run, snow to stomp, things to learn, and noses to wipe.
Our current schooling setup is an amalgamation of unschooling & Moving Beyond the Page (horribly designed site) & Right Start Math. It’s more fun to learn math while at the park but during this season we are inside more than we’d like. There are always museums and exploring the city but who can resist piles of blankets and giggling about The Hardy Boys?
Tonight was soup & sandwiches, The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show (which was abandoned in favor of Swimmingbird’s Donkey Kong videos) while feasting on gargantuan amounts of trail mix.
Then an early tuck-in for Drew because of his sniffly cold.
Even later, is last night’s Late Night with Seth (we don’t usually stay up late enough to watch it live), House of Cards, and apple pie & ice cream.
9:47 pm • 26 February 2014 • 1 note • View comments
Today has been: bad colds, less school, munching while lying about, and more hot baths than should be allowed.
Drew is still continuing his obsession with dressing like royalty. Instead of instructing us to bow before he enters the room (we did this once - only once), we merely had to “pretend to defend the castle” after dinner.
Is it just me or would Daniel be the worst knight ever?
Tonight is: reading another chapter of The Hardy Boys and wrapping “Marchmas gifts” while watching Being Human.
7:31 pm • 25 February 2014 • 1 note • View comments
all dusted off.
I’ve smushed Tumblr and this domain together and now it’s all dusted off and ready to rock.
P.S. Here is the backdoor entrance to the past twelve years. Beware of drama. Comments are closed.
6:52 pm • 25 February 2014 • 1 note • View comments