Sunday, May 17, 2015

Calvin is 7!

Oh, Calvin!  How can you be 7 already?  It's just crazy how time flies!

Well, Calvin had a great birthday this year!  Calvin woke up to streamers and a big birthday sign and was pleased as punch!  He wasted no time getting ready super fast so we could open presents right away.  He was so excited!  We got him some shark attack cookie cutters, a shark helmet, some pokemon cards and a couple of art supplies.  He was one happy little dude, and wasted no time getting started on some artwork :)  For breakfast we had waffles with berries, Calvin's favorite!

Hannah helped with the whipped cream for the waffles.  This video is my favorite.

Then Calvin headed off to school where, lucky duck, he had a field trip to a farm!  He had such a great time being in a group with his buddy Nora and her mom.  Nora's mom even sent me some pictures of the birthday boy learning how to be a farmer back in the 1800's :)  He had a blast!

When he got home, he had a Pikachu birthday cake (picked out by Sophie, decorated by me!) waiting for him and he was so excited!  Then AnnaMarie and the gang came and joined us for playing around, having dinner and cake and ice cream and opening some presents from Grandpa Moore and from AnnaMarie and the gang.  Boy, was he one happy guy!

Since his birthday was on a Wednesday, it wasn't a great night for a party.  We planned his party for Saturday instead, and it worked out great!  Calvin decided that he wanted to have a Big Hero 6 party where we played a couple of games and then watched the movie, so that is what he got!  He had 8 little buddies come over and it was just heartwarming to see how thrilled he was that his friends were coming to his party.  He was just so happy!

So his buddies came and we did a "learn how to draw Baymax" coloring sheet, and then we went outside and played "Are you satisfied with your care?" (it was a Big Hero 6 variation on "What time is it, Mr. Wolf?" that we made up...) and the kids had a great time playing!  Then we hustled everyone inside for pizza, presents, cake and ice cream and then got the movie started in the basement.  I am telling you, a movie party is the way to go!  The kids were all watching the movie, so we cleaned up the mess, wrote out the thank you notes, and basically got everything even cleaner than it was before the party started.  It was amazing!  Only a handful of the kids watched the whole movie.  The others played soccer in the back yard, climbed trees, and played with Calvin's birthday gifts.  The weather was amazing, and it was just a beautiful day for a party!  Calvin had so much fun celebrating with all of his friends, and they were all such sweet kids.  It was a great day, and Calvin felt very loved.

Calvin's party balloons were a big hit:

Learning how to draw Baymax!


Bless her heart, Natalie let Ryan tell her all about his Star Car drawings:

Playing in the back yard:

Eating lunch!

Cake, ice cream and presents!

Here are a few things I want to remember about Calvin at 7:

-Calvin is still our tenderhearted little guy.  This makes him over-sensitive when his feelings are getting hurt, but it also makes his a big sweetheart.  He's understanding of others' feelings, and he is very affectionate.

-Calvin still adores Chippy the hamster.

-Calvin really loves doing art, and he's pretty good at it!  He loves to draw animals, and his recent favorites are parrots and snakes.

-Calvin loves animals.  He loves reading about them, drawing them, being with them, you name it.

-Calvin is turning into a great little reader.  He surprises me at his ability to read some pretty tough words!

-My favorite drawings that Calvin does are his self-portraits.  This one is my favorite.  He's wearing a shirt that says "Keep Calm, I Got This".

-Calvin is a great big brother, and a great buddy to all of his siblings.

-Calvin is now obsessed with all things Pokemon.

-When Calvin is sad he almost always can be found hiding under the fitted sheet on his bed or under the bed itself.

-Calvin loves to play soccer, baseball, running, almost any sport.

-Calvin is hard to please in the "what on earth should I pack in your lunch?" department.  He likes all the extras, like fruit, veggies, yogurt, but no main course was at all appealing to him.  It was pushing me to the breaking point until I discovered that he likes baked potatoes.  Now every day in his lunch, he takes a baked potato.  I put it in a baggie with a little water and microwave it for 5 minutes.  Then I slice it in half, slap some butter on, wrap it in foil, and then it's done.  They do not have access to a microwave, so this guy eats a cold potato for lunch every day.  It doesn't really have much in the way of nutritional value, but hey!  At least he's eating!

-Calvin's favorite foods are baked potatoes :), yogurt, waffles, kiwis, berries, beef jerky and ramen noodles.

-Calvin is my toughest child to motivate for chores.  When he's happy, he's ready to do whatever.  But his emotions turn on a dime, and if he is not happy, then it is almost impossible to persuade him to do something he doesn't feel like doing.  The only thing that I have found that works (sometimes) is when he sees that not listening is really hurting my feelings.  Then he starts coming around, and with some extra cuddles and hugs and reassurance, he can usually get back on track.

-Calvin has a big heart and always wants to help people who are less fortunate than he is.  I really admire that about him.

-When Calvin is serious about making his bed, he sets up all of his stuffed animals like they would be in the wild.  He makes a pond area for the turtles, an ocean area for the sharks, the birds go somewhere up high, and the dogs and bunnies are scattered around doing their thing (he has a lot of stuffed animals).  I think it's pretty adorable.

We love you, Calvin!  Happy birthday, Buddy!

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