October 31, 2014

Happy 8th Birthday, Noah!

Noah, Noah, precious Noah,

My baby pumpkin.  Today you are turning EIGHT! You are pretty excited about it because for the next 10 days you get to say you are an older number than Scarlett.  You are a big 8 and for a week and a half she still has to say she's 7.  

You've had an awesome year this past year.  You are just killing it at school.  You are becoming what I call "freaky smart".  Last week you looked at a rock and shouted, "Oh my gosh!  Just look at this piece of obsidian!"  I had no idea you even knew all the minerals and gems, but you'd looked them up in your National Geographic magazines and had stored that knowledge away in your giant brain.  You spout out cute little facts about how many teeth sharks have and how tornados are formed and how many continents there are at the most random times.  You are just so excited about learning and it is so much fun to watch the gears turn in your head. 

You are one of the most content children I've ever seen.  As long as you have a lap to curl up in or a big blanket to snuggle with, you are just peachy.  You are still the snuggler of the family.  Many times I'll find you in Sadie's bed all curled up and cozy.  She just adores you.  

This year you were on the swim team again and you also tried your hand at baseball.  You LOVED it!  You joined our local coach pitch team and thought it was just super fun and you can't wait until spring to do it again.  The uniforms gave you fits (darn sensory disorder!) and you stood in the outfield with your hand on the waist band of your pants the whole time but you had the time of your life.  The huge grin you had when you got to cross home plate for the first time is an image I hope flashes before me when I'm an old woman.  Your daddy was so proud he nearly burst.

You like things organized and quiet.  You got your own room for the first time a few months ago and it is far and away the cleanest kid bedroom in our house.  Your books are always neatly on the shelf (except for the 4 or 5 that are always in your bed with you!) and you like to keep things in your room just so.  You said you sleep fantastic now that Miles isn't jumping down to the bottom bunk to play with you all hours of the night.  Daddy and I go up at night to watch you sleep a lot more than is probably healthy.  You sleep perfectly still with your little hands folded up by your face like the baby on the toilet paper package.  It's darling and so peaceful.  I'm glad you love your new room.  It's very grown up and covered in maps and your treasures you've collected.

This year you discovered online gaming and this will forever be the year of Minecraft.  I wish I could count the hours you've spent building worlds on there with Sadie.  It's kind of your thing.  I think you like it because it's quiet.  As loud as it is in this house sometimes, I'm glad you've got a little bit of an escape. 

You spend a lot of time outside, too.  You and your brother and sisters jump on the trampoline so much I'm surprised that you haven't jumped a hole in it. You and the neighbors have been working on building a clubhouse in the woods for almost a year.  It still looks like some random pieces of wood and string and stuff, but you all think it's an oasis.  You and your BFF Grace spend hours doing all kinds of stuff, only you are both so quiet, I haven't figured out exactly what it is you do!  She's been your best friend for years now and kids in your class are starting to tease you all about being boyfriend and girlfriend.  You both groan about the teasing to your respective parents, but to each other, you just keep on being the best companions and partners.   Her mom and I joke that the reason you all are so quiet is that you've been friends so long, you don't need words anymore- kind of like you all have your own silent "twin" language.  Good friends are so special and you all are truly a gift to each other. 

Your sense of humor is my favorite.  You are just hilarious in the wittiest way possible.  You have a deep thinking kind of comeback to most things that keeps me in stitches.  You are quirky and silly and just so goofy.  You just make me a smilier person.  

I'm so proud to be your mom.  You are good and sweet and fiercely devoted and a precious treasure to all- especially me.  You are a mama's boy through and through and I wouldn't have it any other way.  I love you to the moon and back!


Noah's Birthday Interview

***Every year, I interview each of my kids on their birthday.  Usually, I ask the same questions every year so that I can watch how their answers change (or don't change) from year to year (2013) (2012) (2011)  (2010) (2009).  Sometimes I toss in a few new ones so that I can make sure to catch their little quirks and thoughts! ***

Mom:What do you want to be when you grow up?
Noah: Marine Biologist
Mom:  Still?  You've wanted to be a marine biologist for a long time!  Why do you think that's what you want to do?  (I think you'll be awesome at that!)
Noah: Cause I love animals.  I just think aquariums are funner than zoos cause it seems like a lot of animals at the zoo are just not as much fun.

Mom: Do you want to get married when you grow up?
Noah: Yes!

Mom: Do you want to have kids one day?
Noah:  Yes!
Mom:  How many?
Noah: Four.
Mom:  Why four?
Noah:  So it can be even- two girls and two boys (sound like any family we know?!)

Mom: What is your favorite thing about yourself?
Noah:  Well, I don't what my favorite is.
Mom:  Tell me some things about your personality then?
Noah: Well, I'm smart and I love my family and I like video games and I'm sweet.

Mom: What is your favorite thing to do at school?
Noah: When I go to TAG (talented and gifted program) because I get better at math and stuff

Mom: What is your favorite joke?
Noah: Why do elephants never get on the computer?  Answer:  Because they're afraid of the mouse.

Mom: How do you like to spend your free time?
Noah: Playing outside and playing on my kindle.  (Minecraft and Terraria)

Mom: What is your favorite thing about mommy?
Noah:  That you love me and that you are so nice.

Mom: What is your favorite thing about daddy?
Noah:  That he always tries to make me feel better if I am sad.

Mom: Who are your best friends?
Noah: Grace, Cynthia, Brady, Jalynn, Avery, Abby and Sadie is my best friend.

Mom: What is your favorite holiday?
Noah: I like Christmas a lot a lot a lot but I also like Halloween.

Mom: What is your favorite thing about having a brother and sisters?
Noah: I always have somebody that can help me with things.
Mom: What's the worst part about siblings?
Noah: That sometimes they get on my nerves and they are annoying sometimes.

Mom: What do you think that high school will be like?
Noah: Crazy!  Cause there will be so many people and I will have six classes and I might forget where my locker is!

Mom: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Noah: I would go to Hawaii for a week!

Mom: If you could make up your perfect day and do anything you wanted, what would you do?
Noah: I would have every super power in the entire world, stay up all night, have a party, and be on the beach.

Mom:  What is your favorite memory of this last year?
Noah:  When we went to the beach.

Mom:What's one thing you really want to learn how to do?
Noah: Back flips.

Mom:  Why are you so cute?
Noah:  Cause you made me cute!

Current Favorites:
color: red
toy: kindle
movie: Despicable Me 2
TV show: Brain Games on National Geographic Channel
food: chocolate cheesecake
candy: Reese's
book: All the Magic Tree House books
song: This is Amazing Grace (Phil Wickham) Shake it Off (Taylor Swift)  All About that Bass (Meagan Trainer)
sport: swimming
ice cream: chocolate

A look at Noah's last year in pictures...


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