My Little Man is 7, Otherwise Known as Holy Crap, I’m Old!

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Connor just turned 7 yesterday, and he had a fantastic birthday! We kept the gifts to a reasonable number this year, and included among his gifts 3 shirts (1 with Sonic, 1 with Angry Birds Star Wars, and 1 plain), an adorable Angry Birds winter hat, a few Sonic action figures, Disney Pictionary, Angry Birds Toss, and probably the coolest light saber toy I’ve EVER seen (I’d have gotten 2 of them if they weren’t $30 because I know hubs would LOVE playing outside with him on summer nights…maybe for Father’s Day). We’re working on teaching him that life is more than video games and “screams” (he doesn’t believe me that it’s pronounced “screens” yet, and the poor kid inherited my technology addiction), and that “stuff” doesn’t equal happy. He was thrilled with everything he got, even the clothes, so I’m hoping our message is getting through to him at least a little. If any of you are wondering…yes, I made the cake. I think it came out pretty cute considering I was scrambling to get it done in time so I could pick up Connor and we could go to a Cub Scouts outing! I have to make another one this weekend, so I think I’ll do a step-by-step for that one…

We’re trying VERY hard to keep the birthday parties on the down-low for years that aren’t that big a deal (1, 5, 10, etc. being the biggies, naturally), but that’s going to be pretty darn tricky seeing as how he got a small party yesterday (Connor, Kyle, hubs, me and my mother), we’re bringing him and a friend to Pump N’ Jump on Sunday with cake and ice cream after, then he gets another party at his other grandparents’ house in a couple of weeks. UGH. Oh well, at least none of them are obnoxiously expensive and he gets to see how many people love him to pieces. When he gets older and has some best friends that he can’t live without, we’ll do more in the way of parties, but for now, he’s more than happy with this arrangement.

I am SO proud of how hard Connor has worked at school this year! Not only is his behavior in class better (we’ll talk about outside of class behavior later!), but he’s no longer needing more than 1/2 the services the school was providing for him! I love getting notes home telling me he’s an excellent reader, that he’s doing well in math, or anything like that – keep up the good work babes!

Connor and his Cub Scout buddy are now Tiger Scouts! They earned their Tiger badges yesterday after attending a tour at WATD in Marshfield. It was great! They got to record their voices and hear them played back with special effects applied, and John played Connor’s favorite song – “Life is a Highway” by Rascal Flatts. They also learned about how radio stations earn money, interview people, have live bands come in and play, the works. Thanks John! (By the way…a little known fact is that WATD stands for “We’re at the Dump”! The station’s tower is at the Marshfield landfill!)

And, after the cake and ice cream were eaten and my mother went home, I realized that I’ll be 41 in less than a month. Dammit.

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A Welcome Birthday Guest

Those of you who know me or have read my blog for a while know that I’m not very religious. I don’t talk about it often, if at all, and usually when I do, its only with my mother.

I will admit, I have been a little lax in discussing God with Connor.

First of all, our life has pretty much been chaos for the last several years. Secondly, I couldn’t figure out a way to explain it that would make sense to a little kid. And last…the thought of bringing a kid as noisy and hyper as Connor to church was enough to make me feel sick.

My Great Aunt Dorothy passed last week. I realized I would be bringing the boys to her Celebration of Life service.

While Connor was in the tub Sunday night – with my Catholic guilt over having put it off for so long singing happily in the background – I tried my best to explain to him who God and Jesus are.

I told him that God made everything – the earth, the birds, the fish, the trees…everything alive, and that God is invisible and lives in Heaven. Then I explained that Jesus is God’s son, and he also is invisible and lives in Heaven with God, and that they both love us all very much.

I then told him that mamma’s Great Aunt Dorothy had passed away and had gone to Heaven to live with God and Jesus and watch over us and to help keep us safe.

Fast forward to last night, when we were discussing his upcoming birthday party. We’ve decided to have his party at Pump N’ Jump, and I asked who he’d like to invite to his birthday party.

“Grace and Max, Kelsey and Sadie and Joshua. Oh…and the son of the guy that made us!”

I love that kid!

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