And he is excited!
as in, he asked me to print out a calendar so he could color in a daily countdown with a crayon from the crayon holster he made.
chatting up birthday plans with Daddy.
Finally, all the squares were colored in, and the big day had arrived! We kicked off the morning with B-shaped pancakes and OJ.
Will, Katie Beth and I were able to join Ben and his classmates for lunch and pass out brownies that he and I made the day before. We also brought along Ben's favorite lunch - Subway with doritos and chocolate milk.
Once the school bell rang, Ben was quick to create a "birthday section" of the table and virtually camped-out there until dinner. Or brinner, as it were. By request, we enjoyed breakfast for dinner, with scrambled eggs, morningstar sausage links and a surprise birthday dessert of doughnuts!
And then it was time to get down to the business at hand.
A little doughnut, a little skyping...
Then it was time for bed, and Daddy had hockey. I just settled down to finish, and by that I mean start, gluing 100 Legos onto Ben's 100-days of school shirt, when from upstairs I heard, "mommy? have you started my shirt? I'm worried about my shirt." My first instinct was to send him back to his bed. But his sweet little face (and slightly condescending tone) made me think twice, and I told him to come downstairs.
I am so glad I did. He talked my ear off for two hours about stuff I never can pull out of him any other time…who he likes to be partners with in class, who talks the most, who never talks, the last time he got in trouble there, etc. And of course, he told me more information about ninja turtles and legos than any person should really know.
Favorite birthday moment for mommy! I carried that big boy up to his room and turned out the light just as Tyler pulled into the garage, and Ben giggled big thinking we'd just gotten away with something so sneaky!
Ben, what is your favorite color? blue
What is your favorite toy? my legos
What is your favorite fruit? pineapple
What is your favorite tv show? Transformers Prime
What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? tuna sandwich
What is your least favorite food? tomatoes
What is your favorite thing to wear? Ninja Turtles shirt and blue jeans
What is your favorite game to play? Go Fish
What is your favorite snack? Cheeze-Its
What is your favorite animal? Hyena (because they fight with lions)
What is your favorite song? I'm in the Lord's army
What is your favorite book? Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon
Who is your best friend? Max
What is your favorite cereal? Lucky Charms
What is your favorite thing to do outside? ride my bike
What is your favorite drink? lemonade
What is your favorite holiday? Halloween
What do you like to take with you to bed? flashlight
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? waffles
What do you want for dinner on your birthday? breakfast for dinner (eggs, sausage, pancakes)
What do you want to be when you grow up? a spy
What do you like to do with your family? play games like Sharks and Minnows, dominos, Scrabble Jr
By all accounts of our six-year old, it was epic.
back home, opening his loot, and hopefully feeling sufficiently celebrated!
Happy 6th birthday, Ben! How my baby is able to write sentences, do math, read words, ride a bike, load the dishwasher, is all beyond me. You are so patient and kind to your siblings, make us laugh all the time, and surprise us everyday with the things you know. We love you infinity plus one, buddy!