Jordan's birthday just passed and he was adorable. My little boy is growing up and learning how to make his own birthday fun!
It started at the end of September. On the last day of the month, I said to him there are 17 more sleeps until his birthday. The following day, it started.
"Mommy, how many more sleeps until my birthday?"
"Sixteen more sleeps Jordan!"
And on it went for another fifteen days.
Daddy heard one of these interactions and decided to add on some fun of his own.
"Jordan, you have to get people excited about your birthday."
I could see his little eyes contemplating the thought but not sure what to do about it.
"Jordan, you have to tell people that your birthday is going to be great. You have to say that we get to eat cake and play games and have fun."
That night when I was putting him to bed and moments before he fell asleep he asked me in a most serious voice, "Mommy! How can I get people excited about my birthday?"
I told him I would think about it and we could talk about it the following morning at breakfast.
Sure enough, he asked and Hansung and I both explained how he could his brothers excited about his birthday!
And just in case anyone wants to know, he got two amazing gifts. The first one was a transforming robot that happens to store small cars that also transform into much smaller robots. The other one, you guessed it, was a different transforming robot that he also adores. I do like it when he is more excited about his toys than what he is watching on television or Youtube.
Another story revolves around Justin and his enjoyment of food. Hansung has taken up grilling as of late which has resulted in some magnificent meals including our anniversary celebration. He roasted lamb, potatoes, and carrots and I was in food heaven. So was Justin.
When he saw the grilling pan he exclaimed, "Oh Daddy! I can feel your love!"
This went on for the whole meal with Justin declaring Dad's love through almost every bite.
The clincher came at the end when he was served ice cream cake. "Oh Daddy! Thank you for marrying Mommy and including me in your anniversary celebration. Your love is very, very deep!"
I laughed so hard, I cried.
Justin is a special boy!
Almost every day at 8:10 am Aidan's little friend Minsu shows up at the door and they walk together to school. I forgot how absolutely delightful it is to have a consistent friend in grade two. He beams every time he sees this little boy.
What I have learned for the month of September from my children is that friends, food, and excitement about birthdays are all very important.
"On this mountain, the LORD of the Heavenly Armies will prepare for all nations a banquet of rich food, a banquet of well-aged wines rich food full of marrow, and refined wines of the finest vintage." Isaiah 25:6