Monday, July 19, 2010

Happy Sixth Birthday To Our Beautiful Baby Boy!

Today is the Chipster's sixth birthday, and he has never been so excited for something. He was looking forward to an entire day of doing whatever he wants, and that's exactly what we did. We began by hanging out at his friend Nick's pool with him and his sister, as well as Lily and Quincy. They swam for four hours, and we all got a little red around the edges. Sabine brought mini cupcakes for the occasion, and Danielle brought delicious organic lollipops. G had some cupcake frosting and two lollies.   That after a breakfast of two bowls of Lucky Charms.

When we got home, Christopher came over to play. He gave G the Lego Star Wars Wii game and then taught him how to play it. G kept saying, "This is my best day ever," because he got to swim with Nick, spend time with Lily and Quincy, and then play with Christopher. He really appreciated the day and the celebration, and he really let us know how happy he felt.

When C left, Bun came over until it was time to go to dinner. We stopped at Publix and picked up some balloons, and then we went to his favorite restaurant, Moe's, for an extended family dinner and presents.  G had a cheese quesadilla and a chocolate chip cookie.  That was followed by ice cream at Cold Stone (for G:  chocolate with M&Ms), where he clearly said for the benefit of everyone behind the counter and walking by, "I can't believe it's my birthday!" It was so sweet that he wanted everyone to celebrate with him. Next, he was allowed to walk over to Learning Express to choose one more item. He picked a red playground ball. At the counter, we made sure to have him tell the clerk that it's his birthday.

Finally, we came home for more presents, played some Lego Star Wars, and sent Chip up to his room for PJs. When he was up there, he discovered his My Pillow Pets dolphin on his bed and was so enamored of his newest best friend. The joy that simple gift brought him was our biggest surprise and nicest moment of the day.

G doesn't get excited about much (ref: Disney World), but he really got excited about today. He also truly appreciated every bit of kindness and friendship along the way, and he made sure to tell us many times how lucky he is. We, by the way, made sure to tell him many, many times what a gift we got six years ago and how we are really the lucky ones.

So, today we celebrate a boy who is not only kind, sensitive, and thoughtful, but is ridiculously funny, well-coordinated, a brilliant problem-solver, a great reader, has a memory like a steel trap, always does his chores without complaining, is independent in thought and action, who prays every night for kids he doesn't even see anymore, a quickly-advancing swimmer, and an all-around rockin' cool (he taught us that phrase) kid who awes us every day.  Happy sixth birthday, G!

Third year for this birthday shirt!