03 March, 2012

Dear Spotty Chop you are 84 months old today

Happy 7th birthday love of my life! I can’t believe how much your face has changed from last year to this. I have photos taken at Santa’s village every other year of you sitting in a cupcake seat and there is a noticeable difference. You no longer look like a child, but like a little boy. I will confess it has made me cry on more than one occasion. I couldn’t be happier that you are growing older and strong, but I do miss my baby.

You can’t wait for your birthday! You are literally jumping out of you skin. You want PokePark 2: Wonders Beyond in the worst way. You also want some new Ninjagos. Luckily this is something easily remedied.

We went to the snowflake ball where you and JMan danced the night away…well actually you battled the night away, but you guys had fun and that’s all that really matters. You didn’t find it too loud like you did last year.

Your February break was a bust, we didn’t do anything. You did get to spend the day with Nannie and Papa. Papa took you for a spin in his new (to him) red Mercedes convertible. Dada told you to just wait until the good weather comes and the top comes down. You will LOVE it! You had a new friend come over to play, not sure if we will be doing more with him he’s 1) older and 2) his family has LOTS more rules than we do. I think we horrified the mom…

You started a readathon. You are a bit uptight about it because it takes away time from playing video games. I am not sure what we are going to do about this video game junkie we have created. Any time we try to do something/anything that involves us leaving video games you pitch a fit. Me no likey! We honestly don’t care that you love to play video games. We love to play video games. The only rule we have is that your daily homework be done, (which takes no more than 5 minutes for you) and you usually have the week’s assignments done the day they have been given out and at the Y program. I can’t actually remember the last time you did your homework at home! We play board games and you still love to play Bakugan, Beyblades and Ninjago’s. It will all work out

Your swimming class this term has been really hard. The last class you were in was a combo of 2 classes and the lower class got all of the attention. You didn’t learn what you were supposed to and have really struggled this class. Although I don’t think you realize how much you lagged behind the other kids. I do know you were upset when you didn’t “move up” to the next class. Every class you have taken so far you move out of, and even skip a few levels by the end of it. Both the teacher and I (and your dad) have explained that this is the first class that “older kids” take and there is a lot more to learn and do. You are ok now, but every once in a while I can hear it in your voice that you are not happy. The teacher said that some of the kids in this current class have been in it for 3 or 4 times, so hopefully that will reassure you if you need to take it a 3rd time. If my mom offers to pay for private lessons this year…I am taking her up on it. I really want swimming to be fun for you. I want you to enjoy it both as a sport that you can do for the rest of your life (dude, swimmer bodies are the BEST! I am only trying to set you up for hotness when you get older!) and as a fool around fun thing that we will be doing for the rest of your life as we have a pool and can’t afford to go anywhere else!

You really enjoyed Valentine’s Day this year. You picked out Power Rangers valentines; you also gave bookmark/ruler thingy. You picked a valentine for each kid, and then gave a few extra to a couple of girls from your kindergarten/Y program. You loved going through the valentines and showing them to us, the “bag” you created to receive them, the candy that some of them contained, the whole thing was super sweet just like you.

You went to Favorite Uncles house with Nannie. The house is coming along and they will soon be able to move in. You liked seeing how much has changed since the last time you saw it. You said to Favorite Uncle “if you were rich, it would be great if you got door knobs, but this is good too.” My brother and Nannie could barely hold back the laughter.

In the morning you come running into the living room where I am working and jump on my lap for a quick snuggle. Best part of the day. You have been watching videos on the computer, some animal/nature thing and they make you laugh out loud. But not just laugh, belly laugh, huge booming laughter that you can’t control, laughter that almost seems fake, but we know isn’t. Dada and I always stop what we are doing and have to grin at each other. I need to get a video of you doing it, it would cheer up anyone. I started reading the A-Z mysteries to you, but I am going to have to forbid your father from joining us. The main character’s name is…Dink. This is the reason you do not have a sibling. Your father has the brain of a 3 year old.

I love you kiddo. I hope this is the best birthday yet and this year brings you joy and wonder.