Thursday, September 18, 2014

Xander is 6

My boy turned 6 yesterday.

With his tree that we planted on his 1st birthday

I think he had a good day.  He hasn't been wanting to go to school and tries to get out of it every day, and he tried hard on his birthday.  So I tried to make sure his day was special.  He got up and got to open a gift before school.  Then I dropped him off, only to go back about an hour later and bring Rice Krispy treats.  They sang to him and everything.

Trying not to smile while he classmates sang

Lucas took the day off of work and he surprised Xander and went to school to eat lunch with him.  Xander was totally surprised and they had fun together.  When I picked him up, he got to come home and open another gift.  Then his Grandy came over with more gifts.  Then his Mimi and Big Papa came over with more gifts and we all went out to eat - at Xander's choice of restaurant - Cook Out.

Opening his Lego alarm clock

A few days before, he had his party.  It was the first party we've ever had somewhere other than our house.  Which is kind of weird, now that I think about it.  But he got to pick everything.  Location (nearby park), food (giant cookie instead of cake), even the guest list ("not many adults, just kids").  We had a good time.

I love this kid so much.  He's so funny and silly, and he loves to make people laugh.  He's a weird mix of outgoing and shy.  I know that doesn't seem to make sense, but it just depends on his mood.  He can tell jokes to complete strangers or barely make eye contact with old friends.  He so sweet, although he'd never admit that.  He loves soccer and plays hard.  He is the greatest big brother of all time.  And he's wicked smart.  Too smart sometimes.  He asks (random) questions and likes to figure things out.  ALL things.  He likes to fight.  Not like picking real fights, but wrestling, jump-kicking, sword-fighting - all with sound affects included.  He has a crazy good imagination.  I love to hear him sing, see his drawings, watch him play with his brother and sister.  I love when he belly-laughs and can't stop.  I'm so lucky to get to hang out with him every day.

Happy birthday, Alexander James Bruch.

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