I’m late writing this birthday blog because to be perfectly honest it’s quite overwhelming to even attempt to summarize an entire year with one of my favorite people. Besides, with two toddlers, two teenagers, and being pregnant in the middle of seeding, taking time to write isn’t exactly a luxury I come by often. BUT this birthday so we can reminisce on as the years go by.
You Halen are love in its purest form. You bring me immeasurable joy and contentment in life. This past year was such a gift to Mother you through. As each year passes, as you grow and learn more, I wonder how it could ever get sweeter – yet it does. The gifts, the goodness, the treasured moments, the deep love, it all just grows in bigger and better ways than I could have ever expected. I suppose it is true, “the best is yet to come” and although I am desperately in love with my days with you today, I can almost taste the sweetness in our tomorrows already.
You son are growing like a weed! You are now 3 feet 6.5 inches and weigh 45 lbs. This means in one year you have grown 3.5 inches and gained 8.5 pounds. You have grown from a size nine shoe to an eleven, sometimes even twelve! You have went from a size 3/4 clothing to a size 5 and already are starting to fit into some size 6 things! You are a big guy for your age, probably the biggest in your class and you continue growing like a weed.
You LOVE having a schedule. This year you started school and you loved every single thing about it. Throughout the entire year I never heard you once complain or say you didn’t love something about your school day. We tried one season of indoor “happy feet” soccer and you were not a fan as it wasn’t nearly competitive enough for you. You really enjoyed canskate again and of course did awesome. You are now in outdoor soccer in Kindersley and it is your absolute favorite. Every single morning, you crawl out of bed and come running into our room asking what day it is. Tuesday/Thursday is school and soccer, on those days it sounds like you’ve won the lottery when I tell you what day it is. Any other day you instantly fall to a puddle on the floor crying, “Wednesday, I dont like Wednesdays! They are soooooo boring, there is NOTHING to do on Wednesday’s”. And that is how we begin the morning!
On school days you eat ichiban for lunch, the other days you alternate between PB&J sandwiches or meat and mayo. Your favorite snacks are carrots, peanut butter granola bars, red peppers, or popsicles. Mini wheats usually is your breakfast of choice. You love when GG or grandma make you pancakes, or waffles, especially with a side of bacon. Speaking of GG and Grandma, you are so spoiled by them all of the time! You love days you get to spend at one of their houses. Sometimes you make crafts, do baking, garden, or play outside. You love to read with them and have managed to convince them both to add TV into your play time with them.
You are a rule follower. You are SO good. You are grown up for your age and insanely smart. You are strong willed and hot tempered. You hit too much. You are not touchy feely through the day but you choose cuddle times through the day and you like to snuggle before bed. I have recently discovered that I am pretty sure “words of affirmation” would be your love language. You tell me constantly “Mom, you are so pretty. Mom, I love the way you help me clean my room. Mom, you make me smile. My Dad is a hard worker. My Dad is a great golf player and he loves to take me golfing”. You are constantly using your words to tell everyone in the house how well they are doing and how impressed you are with them. You enjoy and expect the same in return. If you feel we have lacked in telling you how wonderful you are, you have no trouble asking “what did you like about me today”. Your way with words, and your ability to express yourself makes me very proud.
You love Mommy cuddles, especially if it’s in my bed. A couple times every day, you ask if I will go lay down in my bed with you and we cuddle. Sometimes we talk, sometimes we lay there quietly. These cuddles last anywhere from 30 seconds to ten minutes but they seem to really refuel you. You are like this with your brother as well. You love to walk by him and tussle his hair or give him a hug. You love to grab his face, look in his eyes and tell him how wonderful he is. You two have an awesome relationship. You are both rowdy and rough guys and I am actually not sure how you haven’t managed to hurt one another yet. If you do “accidentally” hurt Nicco you quickly pull out your desperate “get happy quick” tricks before Mom gets mad. Somewhere along the line we started nicknaming both of your cute little bums. Yours is called “juicy butt” and Niccos is called “v-butt”, you will often address him this way, for example “hey you cute little v-butt, get downstairs and play with me” – this creates all sorts of giggles for our family. You two love to play outside in the backyard, right now your favorite game is when you put him in the Little Tykes truck and push him around the yard as fast as you can. The two of you squeal in joy forever over this game. You guys also have a lot of fun bathing together and although you now share the same room, I have to put Nicco to sleep in the other room then move him or you guys will stay up for hours playing and goofing around. Although Nicco has now said Halen a handful of times, for the past year he has not been able to say your name so he calls you “Honey”. This nickname has been so adorable and has stuck so much so that most of us just call you Honey now.
Uncle Carter has lived with us for over a year and Uncle Conner is coming up to a year soon also. You ADORE having them here. You love cuddling them, sharing cereal in the morning and having someone to play with most of the day. Your favorite is when they turn on the bouncy castle and play in there with you, when they play soccer with you, or when they build you forts. Life without them would just be so boring and it has been such a great experience for you to have them here! This alone has been a great highlight to year three for you.
As much as you love your whole family, you also love your alone time. If we go on a road trip or the day gets too busy, you walk in the house, announce you’re “Home sweet home” and head straight for your room and shut the door. You then pull out your favorites whether it’s books or toys and you play quietly on your own for hours. Sometimes when you know we are about to do a big road trip you ask if you can stay at home and have the house to yourself. When that doesn’t work you often cry saying “I love Eston and I just want to stay here, I don’t want to go anywhere else to have fun”.
There is no tiny detail, no words to describe, how wonderful this year has been with you. Sometimes I kiss you and you say “Mom, I’m gonna keep that kiss forever”, and I literally want to smother you in a million more kisses. I want to ball and tell you it’s the sweetest thing a person has ever said to me. I want you to know, I too feel the same. These tiny moments that happen endless times a day are impossible to describe and this is my life with you, millions of magical moments that fill every single day of our lives together. Watching you grow is a gift, teaching you knowledge is my pleasure, seeing you blossom into such a neat individual is incredible. Three was awesome, I’m sure four will be just as wonderful and I am already excited to celebrate your life every single day through this next year. Happy Birthday my love, may you feel so loved and celebrated today and all the days that follow.
Over the year, you often say sweet or funny things and I like to write them down for safe keeping. These are some of my fav “out of the mouth of Halen” conversations:
The other week you had a piece of pizza and you got a spicy bite. You started panicking a bit and said “ow mom, help me, help me quick! My lips are freaking out”!
Halen: Mom, what’s our plan for tomorrow when I wake up?
Me: You get to go to VBS again
Halen: What?!? Your kidding me! I love it there!
Sweet for treats:
Halen waking me up to kisses all over my face.
Me: Aw Halen, I love you. How did you get so sweet?
Halen: Cause I get gum if I’m sweet, right mom?
How many kids do you want? Five boys and one girl named Joey
When you take your wife on a special date where will you take her? For a ride on the combine, then I will drop her off at the house and go put away my tractor
Will you be a dog person or cat person? I want five cats and five dogs because I will live on the farm
H: Mom, I love you so much, you make me smile all day
Me: thanks Halen, that’s really kind of you to say. I feel the same way about you.
H: Am I still a kid?
H: Okay well when I’m an adult I would like to marry you.
Me: You’re sweet babe, but you won’t marry your Mom, you will marry your best friend
H: okay then I’ll marry Shane, but do you think it’s okay if I marry twice? I would still like to marry you too.