We got back home from a trip to North Carolina to visit family last night (and Seattle, thank you for resuming your normal 65 degree summer nights just in time for my return). Today, we have been celebrating Ian’s 8th birthday, which involves nibbling on his favorite birthday cake (Chicken’s gingerbread cake has been his official birthday cake every year for 3 years now) and stepping over the new giant Lego sets that he has been gifted. I can’t believe he’s 8. I’ve been thinking so much about his life today . Went digging through our old photo boxes to pull out some pics (and became very annoyed at the fact that everything after a certain point in our lives is only digital.)  I keep saying to myself that we are beyond lucky to parent this kid. Beyond. He is absolutely, unapologetically Ian in every way (and those that know him know what I mean), and I am often told by friends that he seems to be so completely okay and content with life in general. You can only imagine how that makes me, as a mother, feel, I so hope its in fact true. In Ian’s world, you can be loud, play Legos, play with friends (girls or boys, doesn’t matter), read graphic novels, and eat often. He is a homebody like his dad and me, but he also enjoys the occasional new and different (with a little coaxing from his sister).

He thinks his sister “hangs the moon” (to quote the south) and actually looked depressed when she went away to camp this summer. He constantly reminds me that most things which seem problematic at first glance really aren’t (“mom, don’t worry, we’ll find your keys”- and then, of course, we do)… that sometimes it really is just better to be by yourself for a little while… that sleeping in when you can is good…and that everything is better with a chocolate chip cookie.
Happy birthday Ian, how lucky we are.
Okay, I’m back in life, so I’ll be back here in this space with regularity again.

  • Sarah Jackson

    August 10, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Happy birthday Ian! I hope eight is everything you hope for. And happy day to you, mama. You’ve done very well indeed.

  • Karin

    August 10, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    Happy birthday Ian! And mama, ofcourse. I hope you’ll have a lovely day together.

  • martha

    August 11, 2009 at 4:04 am

    happy birthday Ian!
    hope your wildest lego dreams were fulfilled:)

  • erin

    August 11, 2009 at 4:09 am

    Happy Birthday Ian! Eight is such a great age.

  • Kelly

    August 11, 2009 at 4:52 am

    Happy Birthday Ian! What a great post – he sounds like an awesome kid!

  • mommycoddle

    August 11, 2009 at 5:01 am

    oh ian! happy birthday!!!!

  • The Orchard

    August 11, 2009 at 7:20 am

    What lovely words to describe who your son is. What a neat kid!
    Happy birthday.

  • Lauren

    August 11, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Happy Birthday Ian! 😀

  • Joy

    August 11, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Very sweet words about your son! Happy birthday Ian–of course eight is great. Enjoy your celebration today and all year!

  • lisa s

    August 11, 2009 at 11:13 am

    happy birthday to your darling ian!

  • liz

    August 11, 2009 at 11:20 am

    awww… happy birthday to sweet ian.
    eight is great!!

  • Angel Jem

    August 11, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Happy Birthday Ian…. and I hope the Lego set was a good one!

  • blair/wisecraft

    August 11, 2009 at 11:57 am

    It was! The one he was dreaming about!

  • Chara Michele

    August 11, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Happy Birthday to Ian! Welcome back 🙂

  • Tiff@ThreePeas

    August 11, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    How did I not know you were in my neck of the woods all summer? Glad to see you back home safe and blogging. Missed reading your posts!

  • blair/wisecraft

    August 11, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Just for a week, but it was so nice to be there!

  • Amelia

    August 11, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    happy birthday ian! i’m going to bake lamingtons for you.
    x Amelia

  • amy k.

    August 11, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    oh! happy b-day sweet boy! I am so happy to be a part of it-in the most important cake department!!

  • blair/wisecraft

    August 11, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    We just had it for dessert again tonight! Its a keeper!

  • blair/wisecraft

    August 11, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    oh my goodness, bake some for me too! : D

  • Kristy

    August 12, 2009 at 2:34 am

    Happy 8 Ian!

  • Simone

    August 12, 2009 at 5:49 am

    Congrats for your blog!
    I invite you to visit mine: http://lellilu.blogspot.com
    I hope you enjoy! ^^

  • willy-nilly

    August 13, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Roan’s great grandmother “Gooben” commented the other day that it was so wonderful I was always taking photos. I asked her the last time she remembered getting a photo from me…darn digitals. At least she was humored.

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