Monday, June 21, 2010

Birthday Boy ~ part 1

Through the past 6 years we have taken a test drive with all kinds of birthday celebrations to see what feels right. We tried the big (big for us anyhow) parties where mom stresses out making food and merryment for all. We tried going out to celebrate. We've been to parties where Z comes home overwhelmed and over stimulated. And I think - I *think* - we've finally found some kind of birthday groove now.
First we celebrate with just the family. For us, that's just the 3 of us since the extended family is far, far away. A special mama made breakfast. A few gifts.
(Cuddling his new cheetahs. The boy is obsessed with cheetahs lately, not sure why? These beauties are from Jalu Toys.)

(His birthday wish was to "be able to play with electricity". Rather than a toaster and a fork, we got him some simple electrionic kits, including this one where he connects a small solar cell to a spinning motor and can attach things on top like this reflective disc. Hours of fun!)

Spending the day doing whatever random, silly, fun things my boy feels like doing (including several milkshake runs). And of course blowing out the candles on his birthday ring over and over and over...
It gives the mama time to reflect and get mushy and soak in her boy, almost as if I am physically watching him grow like on of those cheap toys you throw in water and they expand before your eyes. I marvel at his long legs, his sharp wit, his easygoing nature, his little boy peach fuzz on his olive skin, his constant questions and observations on the world. And I spend the day kissing and hugging and holding him just like we did on that very first day.

Tomorrow I'll share our little campfire get together with his friends... in the mean time I am still cleaning roasted marshmallow out of my hair and his clothes and the curtains and the flashlights and... oh my how that stuff spreads!

9 comments:

Joy said...

A beautiful simple celebration. I love it! We've found simple is better too, although their needs/wants change as they age too. Love the cheetah! (whatever happened to etsydotmom?)

Diane, Evan and Maia said...

Happy birthday Mr Z!! From all of us.

Beth said...

It sounds like a perfect birthday. I love the picture of him cuddling his cheetahs. love, Beth

Brittney Harmon said...

How amazing...really love that kind of birthday celebration!

momma rae said...

such a sweet celebration! i love his request to play with electricity and how you met that. happy solstice, mama. ;)

denise said...

sounds perfect. happy birthday little one.

gardenmama said...

i love every piece of this cindy, we would get along so very well! xo

boatbaby said...

Joy - keeping up with the changes is part of the ongoing challenge, isn't it? Oh, and I got too tired (pregnant) to keep up with etsydotmom for now. Perhaps after baby...?

Thanks Di!

Beth - he really DOES love those cheetahs. You can't tell from the photo, but they are so beautifull made! Jalu is amazing!

Thank you Brittney!

Momma rae - ah yes, electricity! He's spent lots of time with his daddy rewiring this and that on the boat, hooking up solar panels, etc.

Thank you for the birthday wishes denise.

Nicole - we already do, just in different states :) So come on down!

ellen said...

Happy belated B-Day to Zach! What a lucky dude to be so loved, cherished, and listened to. I love his birthday wishes- and what a grand party!

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