EJ is officially 7 years old. I just can't even believe it! All day (on the 9th) he kept saying he wasn't 7 yet, because he was born at 9:30 at night. Finally, at 8:30 he agreed he was finally 7. (Time difference from EST to CST, you know.) Normally, I would not encourage multiple birthday celebrations, but this year was a little different.
Sunday, May 5
First, the Sunday before his birthday, his cousins came to visit (because the evening before his aunt had graduated from college). So his cousins threw him a spontaneous birthday party.
Blow dart gun. It is much less dangerous than it sounds.
When wet, this snake expands to 500 times this size. Yeah, that's not happening!
Thursday, May 9
And then on his actual birthday, we went bowling, which really wasn't birthday special, because we have the free bowling all summer, but I also let him play in the arcade, which was birthday special.
He asked if he could have ice cream for snack. I said no because I wanted to save our ice cream for smoothies. He came to me later and asked why it seems like sometimes I don't love him. I asked for a for instance and he cited the no ice cream answer. I had to explain that the reason I say no to stuff is because I love him MORE than saying yes. I elaborated more, but I don't remember exactly what I said. Regardless, it made sense and he will work on just trusting when he can't see the bigger picture. So anyway, on our way to Grammy's house from the arcade we stopped at Wendy's and got an ice cream cone (which worked out better for EJ than ice cream at home because he likes waffle cones better than bowls or cups).
I love this expression! (We were sitting at a red light, Mom, don't worry!)
Before leaving for work, Daddy left some money on the table with a note that said, "This is for buying new clothes! Happy birthday!" So when he got off work, we went thrift store shopping at the thrift store his Pawpaw and uncle work at. These are birthday skittles from Uncle Jujutsu (remember, from the bowling post?). :-)
After shopping, we went back to Grammy's house for cake and presents. This candle has been the community birthday candle for I don't even know how many years. It's Spiderman climbing up a building. Since every time it's lit, it's only on fire for a few seconds, the wick has gotten weird so now it won't really light. Eventually, we just hold the match near the candle and the birthday person blows that out.
We didn't have cake on Sunday, and the following Sunday was Mother's Day, so we didn't have cake then either. So while we're standing in line at Walmart to buy EJ's present, I perused my surroundings when my gaze landed on the sweets display for Mother's Day. I randomly decided that tonight we should have a cake, so I ran and grabbed the cheapest cake I saw. It wasn't until the lady was ringing it up that I actually realized it was chocolate. Oh well. The birthday boy enjoyed it.
We've been talking about getting him a reading lamp for his room so he can read after we put him to bed, so we figured his birthday would be a good time for that. This exact lamp was in my head when we talked about it, and I always wanted a lamp like this when I was growing up, so now I can live vicariously through my child.
Then we went home and he opened his birthday present from Grammy and Papaw (they live out of state and mailed his birthday box earlier). This is his "why in the world did Grammy and Papaw get me batteries?" face.
That is one genuine smile of pleasure!
A remote control car that he has been asking for (also since January). Turns out this one is broken, and we are in the process of getting a different one. If you can tell, Grammy put stars on the edges of each letter on the card. EJ said, "What nice font Grammy used for my name!"
He'd had quite the day, and he thought what better way to top it all off than with a toy bath, because "it's been a while since I've read my bath book". He also loves Froggy-Snake, and for reasons beyond me, it was imperative today to have his ruler, also.
Saturday, May 11
All week, the weather report for Saturday was rainy. On Sunday, the % chance of rain was 20, and every day that number slowly increased, so that on Saturday morning, it was 60. So every day, I prayed that it would be nice for his party. It didn't start raining until supper time! Thank you, Jesus!
A boy really can't have too many castle blocks.
He played spy the rest of the day with this. It's been in the car and every day on the way to bowling, he plays spy. Definitely a winner!
Bow and arrow from Grammy and Pawpaw. Something he'd been asking for since January.
All in all, a fun week of celebrating my little boy turning 7. As much as I balk at him getting older, he never hesitates to remind me that if he weren't getting older, he'd be dead, so yes, I think I'll take him getting older any day! (Well, technically just one day a year, or in this instance, 3 days a year.)
Who am I, you ask?
In 2006 I had a stroke, and every day my husband encourages me to use my remaining brain cells to the best of my ability. I love to organize, make crafts, and go on adventures (safe ones). I hope that through my blog posts, you will be encouraged to accept and make the best of challenges God throws at your life.