July 18, 2016

Happy 8th birthday, Miles!

Dear Miles,

Eight years old!  Holy moly! What a year you've had.   Lots of things changed this year.  You crossed over to feel like "one of the big kids".  We made the decision for you to go to a new school this year so you could get a little extra help and you blossomed into this super responsible kiddo.  You were diagnosed with epilepsy and that changed a few little things.  Some things that didn't change?  Your amazing smile, your goofy nature, and your love for people.

This birthday post is a bit late.  We spent your actual eighth birthday having an epic adventure.  We were on vacation in Montana and went white water rafting for a "Miles is turning 8 extravaganza!"  You LOVED it.  You are such an adventurous kid.  You take on new challenges like a champ- especially anything physical.  Our raft guide's name was Nick and he treated you like a king for your birthday.  Toward the end of the day, he let you sit in the back with him and call out the paddle commands and you felt like the ruler of the world boat.  It was the best way to spend a birthday ever!

This is also the year you decided to put your football career on hold.  After a phenomenal season last year and a fierce love for the game, you said you'd rather have your nights free to play with your neighborhood friends.  Totally understandable.  Sports will be there for a long time.  Magical years of childhood are fleeting, so I think you made a good decision.  My nerves are thanking you.  Plus, with such recent seizure activity, I'm not sure you'd be cleared medically anyway.  But you sure did have a great season!  Now you and Noah are spending a lot of time playing baseball with Daddy in the back yard.  Dude, you've got a killer arm on you.

You spend hours and hours making up games with your action figures.  Right now you are into everything Avengers.  You have all the characters and leave them set up in these little configurations all over the house.  Your best buddy, Davis, walks over almost every day and you all create these little action figure worlds and live in make believe land all the live long day.  Then, when you get bored, you pack up the action figures and walk to Davis' house and do the same thing.  It's pretty fun to watch and listen to you guys.

This has been one of my favorite years with you.  One of my favorite things is tucking you into bed at night.  You squeeze me around the neck and then try to stall bedtime as long as you can.  "Mommy? Tell me a story about me in Congo, " you say sweetly almost every night.  This year I went back to your village to learn about your past and I tell you the stories people told me about you.  You just smile ear to ear to hear the stories.  You giggle with pure delight when I talk about how much people loved you.  I love telling these stories to you.  I love watching your heart heal before my very eyes as you settle into yourself and your story.  How did I ever get so lucky to get to be your mom?  You amaze me in every way possible.  You are such a joy.

Happy birthday, sweet Miles.  I hope your next year is wonderful!

I love you SO MUCH!

***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 (2015) (2014) (2013) (2012) (2011)  (2010).  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?
Miles: What do I want to be?  Hmmmm... A blacksmith!
Mom:  What exactly does a blacksmith do?
Miles:  He makes needles.  Wait.  Not needles.  He makes nails and armor and more stuff like that. Like iron.  In a fire.
Mom:  You just want to play in a fire all day, don't cha?  What else would you maybe want to be?
Miles:  A white water raft guide. That would be so cool!

Mom: Do you want to get married when you grow up?
Miles: Yeah.

Mom: Do you want to have kids one day?
Miles: yeah
Mom:  How many?
Miles: 2 or if not 4
Mom: What do you think their names will be?
Miles: One will be Jeremy.  One will be Johnson.  The other will be Ferb.

Mom: What is your favorite thing about yourself?
Miles: I like to play with toys and games.

Mom:  Tell me some things about yourself?
Miles:  I like to watch TV.  I like sports like soccer, football, baseball and basketball.

Mom: What is your favorite thing to do at school?
Miles: Math and reading.  And then recess and lunch.
Mom:  What kinds of things do you like to read?
Miles:  Little Bear, Blueberries for Sal, Caps for Sale, Make Way for Ducklings and Keep the Lights Burning Abby and those books about Blaze the Horse.  Oh, and Martin's Big Words about Martin Luther King, Jr.
Mom:  Those were some of my favorite books when I was a kid, too.  Especially, Blueberries for Sal.  Granny used to read that one to me a lot.

Mom: What is your favorite joke?
Miles:  Knock Knock.
Mom:  Who's there?
Miles:  Banana
Mom:  Banana who?
Miles:  Banana
Mom:  Banana who?
Miles:  Orange

Mom: Who are your best friends?
Miles:  Davis, Grant, Dominic, Amias, Reagan

Mom: What is your favorite holiday?
Miles:  I would say my birthday and Christmas and Thanksgiving.

Mom: What is your favorite thing about having a brother and sisters?
Miles:  So you're not bored.

Mom: What's the worst part about siblings?
Miles:  We fight a lot.

Mom: What kinds of things do you fight about?
Miles:  We fight over, like, where we sit and weird things that I don't know about.

Mom: What do you think that high school will be like?
Miles:  High school will be fun.  Did high school in your grade get to go to recess?
Mom:  Nope.
Miles:  Well, my high school will still go to recess.

Mom: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Miles:  To the North Pole!
Mom:  What would you do there?
Miles:  Play with the reindeer and Mrs. Clause will make me cookies and I will eat them!

Mom: If you could make up your perfect day and do anything you wanted, what would you do?
Miles:  I would buy everything in the world!
Mom:  Really?  And what would you do with all the stuff?
Miles:  Prolly, give it to poor people.
Mom:  What kind of stuff would you give?
Miles:  Gold.  And water and snacks and lots of toys.

Mom:  What is your favorite memory from being seven?
Miles:  My favorite memory was.... hmmmm... that's hard!  Can it be, like, any memory?
Mom:  Yep!
Miles:  My favorite was when me and Davis had a sleepover!  (first sleepover ever!)

Mom:What's one thing you really want to learn how to do?
Miles: Make a video.
Mom:  Of what?
Miles:  A Marvel's movie or something

Mom:  What is one goal you have for being 8?
Miles:  What's a goal?
Mom:  Something you want to accomplish?
Miles:  OOOOOOH.  I want to beat the whole Lego's avengers game on xbox.  Wait?!  In 2017 will I still be a kid?
Mom:  For sure.
Miles:  Just checking.

Current Favorites:
color: green and blue and red
toy: Avengers action figures
movie: Batman vs. Superman
TV show: Spiderman vs. Sinister Six
food: eggs and cheeseburgers, Cinnamon Toast Crunch
candy: Jolly Ranchers
book:  Little Bear
song: Lukas Graham "Seven Years" and Flo Rida "Welcome to My House"
sport:  soccer, baseball, basketball, football and golf
ice cream: vanilla and chocolate syrup

A look back over the last year....

Happy Birthday, Miles!

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