Two great things today:
1- Ian turned 7. Holy smokes. I have a seven year old.
...and he is amazing. What an incredible boy he is- kind, patient, loving, smart, funny...hot headed at times, a champion procrastinator, and the best big brother to his "littles".
So, yeah. He had a great day. It started with 7 balloons on his ceiling when he woke up, then a Toaster Strudel (did you know they have a Boston Cream flavor now??!) and hot chocolate breakfast, a new BeyBlade, a half day at school (where he forgot to pass our the $20 of cupcakes that I sent in with him) and finally, Bryan picked him up and took him out to see Star Wars 3D- complete with the biggest tub of popcorn, a hot dog, his very own soda, and 3 boxes of candy.
I have one happy seven-year-old tonight.
2. While the big boys were out, the triplets and I stayed home. The evening was pretty normal, until we sat upstairs in Chase and Zeke's room for bedtime stories. Then two things happened:
a.) all of them sat still and listened to the books.
b.) Chase "read" a book to us!
This was the book (which really is quite hilarious):
I caught him on video because he kept reading it over and over again. The video is a little long, and it wasn't his best run-through...but he and Gavin and Zeke are so freaking adorable that it is worth 4 minutes and 30 seconds of your life.
This moment is so important for me, because with Chase- he is just so stubborn and hard headed that I sometimes wonder if anything that we do really sinks in. Yeah, we read a lot to him, and we speak in full sentences with him, and we encourage imaginative play, and try to enforce positive behavior with him...but just by nature, it takes a LOT of repetition to see results. I sometimes wonder if I'm doing the right things, or doing as much as I need to do.
This is a confirmation of the path that we are on. I'm so proud of him...and me, too. And his teachers. We're all pretty awesome.