Monday, May 14, 2012

Happy 11th Birthday, Colin!

I can scarcely believe our Colin is now eleven years old. Just in the past several weeks, he's really demonstrated increased maturity. We are so proud of the boy he's becoming. It's a joy to watch him grow and learn. For his birthday breakfast, I made one of his favorites: chocolate chip pancakes. The pancakes practically caught on fire because of all the candles (you old man!)
 He was still trying to wake up, but excited for his special day.
 He got a Boy Scout shirt, since he's now in the 11 year-old Scout group. Very exciting! And he's wanted a flat brim RSL hat.
But the best part of his birthday was taking off with Micah and his buddy Orion right after school to Boondocks. There are arcades, mini golf, race cars, XD theater, etc. They had a total blast! We were there from 4:30 until 10pm closing. We stopped midway through and had a Little Caesar's pizza and root beer. One highlight was when #10 Jazz player, Enes Kanter saw the boys getting off the race cars and challenged them to another race. (I took a picture with my cell phone, but good luck to me getting it off there.) All three asked for his autograph afterwards and were just glowing the rest of the time. Even though they had school the next day, they were going hard til closing time.

Some special things about Colin:
*He really looks after Matthew and cares for him, plays with him, takes him off my hands if I'm really busy.
*He practices violin and piano daily and has made great progress. His teachers love working with him.
*He does very well in school. On the big test, the CRT, he was one of the top scorers in the 95th percentile
*He adores scouts and is excited about all the adventurous things he'll get to do.
*Collecting so-called junk from the field behind our house is a big hobby of his, Micah's and Orion's. He'll head up making fliers, organizing their stuff, and keeping track of everything.
*He's good at so many things, it's hard to whittle it down to just a few. He loves basketball, tennis, and soccer.
*Colin's not shy about raising his hand to answer a question at school or church. He's happy to participate.
*Every single fast and testimony meeting he gets up to share his testimony at the pulpit. He's brave and such a great example. I know it's not easy to get up, but he's told us that he just feels like he needs to.
*If there is something he's done wrong, or feels bad about, he cannot keep it from us. He just has to confess. He's such a good boy.

His birthday was Wednesday, and then just this Friday, Chad and I decided it was time to try Colin out as a babysitter. It had been in the works for a while. We just needed to see that he was ready for the challenge. He'd proven himself by his actions at home and we knew he could do it. Chad came home Friday after work, we fed the kids and left Colin in charge while we went out to dinner and ran some errands. We had a few rules: #1 Colin is in charge, #2 No one calls us except for Colin, #4 Do not answer the door or phone. He kept Matthew occupied for an hour before getting him ready for bed. Then he put on a DVD (movie night, baby!) and served up some brownies. Afterward, he shooed the kids off to brush teeth and get in bed. We walked in just as they were settling in. He did awesome! We only had 2 phone calls from them and nothing extreme. How exciting for us and for Colin! He earned a few bucks, and made us and himself proud.

1 comment:

Maren and Blake said...

To know you don't have to pay for a babysitter anymore. Oh, that thought brings tears to my eyes. I have to admit, Colin stole my heart from the get go. I am pretty sure I would give him whatever he asked for. Don't tell him that though. We love you Colin!