Friday, November 14, 2008
And He's 8!
My sweet, oldest boy turned 8 today. He outgrew his bike months ago, but I kept telling him that a new bike wasn't in his future.
So, this morning, we headed out for our morning walk. Bo asked for his help finding a tool that he thought he left in my folks' garage. Colin headed over to help look for this mysterious tool. Bo encouraged him to lift a blanket to see if it was on the shelves behind the blanket.
He lifted the blanket and said "There's just a bike here. A brand new bike."
I said "Hmmm, who do you think the bike is for?" at about the same time he was saying "It's a bike that is just my size."
Finally it dawned on him that it was HIS new bike. He was thrilled. I hope you can see his excitement in the pictures!
He had a lovely day of bike riding, eating off the birthday plate, receiving many fabulous presents, and having his requested birthday dinner. He requested ham -- and real ham, not that stuff you buy to save money (that would be turkey ham), and fresh -- not leftover!, with scalloped potatoes -- from a box, not from scratch, but from a box like Grandma makes, and cooked carrots -- but plain cooked carrots -- not with anything added to them, and garlic bread. With a bakery cake, because Basha's was kind enough to send him a birthday card along with a coupon for a free cake. He declared it a wonderful dinner.
Our boy is intelligent, kind, thoughtful, considerate, friendly and a joy to be around. He's an eager student, and a joy to teach. He's a great big brother to his siblings and a steadfast friend to his friends. He loves to read, build with Legos, ride his bike and spend time outdoors. It's hard to believe that in 8 more years we'll be taking him for his learner's permit!
(For those curious, this is the bike Colin got: Mongoose 20-Inch Gravity Games BMX Freestyle Bike (Gunmetal))