Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sam at Six

Sam is an easily excitable young boy...he gets really, really excited about special occasions. The night before a special occasion (holidays, special guests arriving at our house, placing his Scholastic book order at school, etc...), he often has trouble sleeping. He usually falls asleep without much trouble, it's staying asleep that he find difficult. He wakes up throughout the night...just hoping and praying that it will be time to get up. Such an eager little guy. {grin} His sixth birthday proved to be no exception. He was up at 2:30 am...let that sink in for just a moment...that's right...2:30am. He asked if it was his birthday yet. His daddy lovingly said, "No, it's not. Go back to bed." Poor Brad, he really is a loving daddy...just doesn't do so well when awakened from a deep sleep. {grin}
So, the festivities began early...officially at around 6:15 am or so. He enjoyed breakfast with his dad at the hotel on campus. It's very near our house, very yummy (Sam really enjoys the "waffle making station" and the "little boxes of sugar cereal"), and very inexpensive. They talked about all sorts of boy things and consumed massive amounts of sugar. Bonding time.
I was enjoying a cup of coffee when they arrived back at home. Sam asked if his voice sounded different now that he was 6. . . so cute. He told me he felt taller...and his arms felt longer.
I arranged for a babysitter to come for an hour so I could join Sam at school for lunch. I took 24 monkey cupcakes for his class to enjoy. Lunch is served "family style" at Sam's school. Each student is responsible for getting their own drink from the cooler and a tray for their food before they take a seat at the small table. Bowls of food are placed on the table...and the children serve themselves and then pass the bowl on to a friend. They are reminded to say, "Please" or "No, thank you." It was amazing. I sat on the end of the table...nestled between my sweet boy, Sam, and a little boy named Earl. Earl was quick to show me his Spiderman shirt...and to tell me that you shouldn't eat turtles. He told me that turtles had "stinky breath" and the smell would make you sick. Too funny! I can't begin to imagine all that a kindergarten teacher hears from her students...or what my own son is telling her! Sam's classmates were very excited that we'd brought "monkey cupcakes" to share with them in honor of Sam's special day. They gobbled them up and were left with nothing but chocolate-laden faces and cupcake liners. What a sweet payment for my labors in the kitchen the night before. {grin}100_2009

That night, we celebrated as a family. Yummy dinner, cherry cheesecake for dessert (complete with candles and singing), and then we gave him our gifts. He was delighted...and the other boys managed to be delighted for him in spite of wanting his gifts.


Sam at Six:

  • Loves Kindergarten.
  • Reads very well.
  • Loves his baby brothers and delights in making them laugh. Doesn't delight in them when they steal his toys or "mess up" his legos.
  • Has lost 2 teeth.
  • Is beginning to express opinions about what he wears. ugh.
  • Is obsessed with character t-shirts. I loathe character t-shirts. We're learning to compromise. {grin}
  • His school bus driver has told me repeatedly what a good boy he is. {sigh}
  • Is doing several chores each day and earning an allowance.
  • Loves to ride his bike.
  • His favorite color is red.
  • His favorite meal is his mom's spaghetti and meat balls or McDonald's cheeseburger Happy Meal.
  • Thinks his daddy is a superhero.
  • Hates to wear "handsome" shirts (any shirt with a collar).
  • Loves to play and wrestle with Luke...his best buddy.
  • Loves to read the story of Samuel being called by Eli...he told me that must be what he hears sometimes in the night.
  • His imagination is remarkable...creates his own little world when he plays alone in his room.
  • Wishes that he was able to see more of the movies his friends see. We have pretty strict rules about movies, tv shows, etc... He asked me why adults would make movies that are bad for kid's hearts and minds. {sweet boy, i don't know}
  • Has started showering instead of taking a bath.
  • Wears a size 2.5 shoe.
  • Wears a size 7 pants.
  • Wears a size 8 shirt.
  • Is adored by his parents.
  • Is growing in wisdom and stature. {grin} 

We love you, sweet Sammy Boy! :)


Chris and Sarah said...

Our babies are growing up too fast.

Happy Birthday Sam!

GranolaMom4God said...

Cherry cheesecake? That boy has taste! I'm there with you on the character t-shirts!