Our T turned 6 this past week!
I felt like we just celebrated his 5th birthday. Where did the time go?!
While it was a quiet lockdown birthday, the hubby and I still found a way to celebrate.
When T woke up on his special day, he stepped out to a hallway and staircase decorated with red and green balloons – a colour coordinated coincidence with his beloved Mario and Luigi.
Our dining room – aka space for work, virtual school and eating – was decorated, including a large gold 6 helium balloon, along with two wrapped gifts we promised T could open following his school day.
T was excited all day. Aside from school and bedtime-related meltdowns, it was a great day.
We started the day with a pancake breakfast and ended the day with Taco Bell for dinner and a Mario ice cream cake gifted from his Ama.
Earlier in the school week for language class, T learned about making lists.
Each student brainstormed a list of 7 items that make them happy when they see them.
T came up with a list on his own and I helped him write them down, as he still doesn’t know how to spell, and he practiced his handwriting by tracing over my writing.
Here is T’s list of things that make him happy when he sees them:
1. My family
2. Birthday cake
3. Ice cream truck in the park
4. Stuffed animals and an owl
5. Swimming Pool
7. Christmas tree and decoration
This is definitely our Christmas, birthday and celebration obsessed T. I was surprised Halloween was not on his list!
But most of all, I was so touched he said our family first.
It’s been a very challenging last few weeks, but I see an end in sight with in-person learning resuming on February 16.
Speaking of things that make me happy when I see it. I nearly cried when our Premier made the announcement on T’s birthday!
T’s class activity reminded me of completing my daily gratitude exercises.
They are certainly more trying to do these days, as I am feeling so burnt out.
But alas, here are 7 things that come to mind immediately that make me happy when I see them:
1. My family relaxing together with zero care in the world.
2. A sunny day with clear blue skies.
3. Nature. The view of rocky shores, swaying trees and endless lake water.
4. T finding a moment – often short-lived – of clear focus and crushing his school work.
5. A tray of fresh sushi and sashimi.
6. T running with complete abandon down an open field.
7. The hubby playing together with T and both laughing heartily and fully from their bellies.
At the end of his birthday, T told the hubby and I, “Thank you for the birthday party, guys… This is the best birthday ever!”
And that’s the sweet little boy that I am so happy to see!