I’ve been a bit slow to write about it, but believe it or not we have a situation on our hands:
We have a nine year old.
Believe it or not the little baby who always wanted to sleep is now a big nine year old in third grade!
The big day started off, well, not so great.
I awoke to a terrible smell. Something.was.burning.
I raced downstairs to find a black burnt bagel sitting on the table in the living room. The Professor was standing in the kitchen looking extremely guilty.
He did the thing where he looks at me but not really at me as he stammered “I… I… really wanted a bagel so I cooked one in the microwave.”
“Really… for how long?”
“Only three minutes.”
Oh is that all? I may never, ever get that smell out of the microwave. Now for some useful information for everyone: Yes there IS a smell worse than burnt popcorn!
Never fear, the day could only go up from there…
Since it was a Saturday, he got to do what he likes best. On Saturday mornings one of our local channels has the equivalent of the Saturday morning cartoons that we enjoyed as children. If he gets to watch “Vortex” as it’s called, it’s a great day!
We hit Pizza Ranch for lunch, and then he got to go to a high school football game with his dad that afternoon. He was in hog heaven.
Part of this particular week had been spent agonizing over his cake. He knew he wanted a superhero cake for quite some time. Last year he had his heart set on a Batman cake but this year he was having a hard time making a decision about which superhero he wanted. (No, mom is NOT going to put every superhero on one cake-he knows this because he asked.) One thing I would suggest to any parent in their right mind is to NOT invite your child to look at cake ideas online with you. Naturally he wanted every fancy cake he saw. Anyone who knows me knows that my cakes are less than fancy, at least in the Pinterest sense.
After vetoing about 50 other cakes that he liked, I convinced him that a Flash cake would be quite nice (as in the superhero, not other things that might come to mind). It wasn’t perfect-and I think last year’s Batman cake far surpassed this one, but it turned out ok. The Flash symbol was off center, so I tried writing on it with frosting. Yes it made it look more centered, but probably because my awful “frost writing” was very distracting!
In the end tt didn’t matter-he loved it.
After chocolate cake and mint ice cream we opened presents-he received five LEGO sets for Christmas, four of which were superhero themed, so it was only natural that he also got a LEGO book for his birthday.
He got some wonderful gifts this year. Oddly enough, one of his favorite gifts happened to be a Slinky. He wanted a Slinky in the worst way. I thought that was neat that in the age of video games that he wanted such a classic toy. That was the best 90 cents I’ve spent in a long time. He and his sister spent a lot of time playing with it that evening and loved making the Slinky do stuff!
I’m glad they got a lot of use out of it, because in less than 24 hours it was tangled up in itself and totally unusable!
Before bed we gave grandma a quick call. He told her all about his day and announced “This is the best day of my life… so far.”
That’s good-I like it that he’s expecting bigger and better things as life goes on. Maybe his momma needs to take a cue from that!
And now that The Professor’s birthday is over and done for this year, we now get to hear every day from now until May just what The Princess expects for her birthday…