AJ is 7 Today!!!!

My son is seven! Yes, seven years old. Where did the time go?

My sweet AJ , you are a true miracle. Everyday I am blessed to be your mom, even when you drive me mad. . You are intelligent, kind, helpful, determined, and loving. I loved watching you grow from a baby to a toddler, then to a little boy. Now you are a big kid…wonder what the future years will hold for you. 

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Questions for AJ at age 7:

  1. What is your favorite color? blue
  2. What is your favorite toy? Star Wars Stuff
  3. What is your favorite fruit? cantaloupe
  4. What is your favorite vegetable? broccoli 
  5. What is your favorite show? shows about Star Wars
  6. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? ham and cheese sandwich
  7. What is your favorite thing to wear? any Star Wars shirt
  8. What is your favorite game? Star Wars battleship
  9. What is your favorite snack? goldfish
  10. What is your favorite animal? money
  11. What is your favorite song? Grand Ole Flag
  12. What is your favorite book? Bunny Loves to Read
  13. Who is your best friend? Daniel and Maia
  14. What is your favorite breakfast? bacon and cinnamon rolls
  15. What do you like to do when you go outside?  tag
  16. What is your favorite drink? chocolate coconut milk
  17. What is your favorite holiday? my birthday
  18. What do you like to take to bed with you? Teddy
  19. What is your favorite thing to eat for dinner? pizza
  20. What do you want to be when you grow up? an author, a screenwriter, and an opera singer. 

His answers when he was  6 years oldyears old, years old...

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AJ when he was still in his preemie clothes…my tiny little.

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Look how small that preemie outfit is next to him now.

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AJ is SIX today!

My son is six! Yes six years old!!!. Where did the time go? Seems not too long ago that it was six years of trying to become parents. Six years of heartbreak, pain, desperation, and loneliness that have now been replaced with six years of bliss, love, exhilaration, hope, and awesomeness. We became a family because of you!

I’m the mom to a six year old. I’m the mom to a boy who will be passing kindergarten and moving on to 1st grade! I’m a mom of a cool dude. I’m the mom of a handsome, intelligent, caring, kind, independent, stubborn, motivated, and talented little man.  I can’t wait to see how he changes the world.

Questions for Dinosaur at age 6:

  1. What is your favorite color? red
  2. What is your favorite toy? Picachu (Pokemon)
  3. What is your favorite fruit? mango
  4. What is your favorite vegetable? broccoli
  5. What is your favorite show? Pokemon
  6. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? cold cut sandwich
  7. What is your favorite thing to wear? my pocket shirt (shirt with a small pocket)
  8. What is your favorite game? Monopoly Jr
  9. What is your favorite snack? Whole Food’s duckie crackers
  10. What is your favorite animal? monkey and gorillas
  11. What is your favorite song? Row, Row, Row your boat
  12. What is your favorite book? The Runaway Bunny
  13. Who is your best friend? Daniel
  14. What is your favorite breakfast? Bacon (only allowed on the weekends)
  15. What do you like to do when you go outside?  monkey bars
  16. What is your favorite drink? water
  17. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
  18. What do you like to take to bed with you? ALL of them, but Mommy doesn’t let me
  19. What is your favorite thing to eat for dinner? pizza
  20. What do you want to be when you grow up? a Pokemon Master and a dad with six kids

His answers when he was five years old, four years old...

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AJ when he was still in his preemie clothes…my tiny little man

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AJ over the years

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 Six Year Old AJ

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Dino is FIVE today

Dino’s 5th birthday party was a success.  I love that Dino was so happy to see all his friends and family. It’s so amazing to see how much he has grown and matured since his last birthday. He ran around like a boy, wow! He’s not a little guy anymore, he’s a boy…sighs. 

Enchanted Garden hosted a wonderful party for Dinosaur. The food and kid activities were better than I imagined. 

Me: Did you like your party?

Dino: Yeah, it was super awesome.

Me: What was your favorite or best part of the party.

Dino: Running around with my friends. (tumble mats and bounce house for the first part of the party)

Me: I am glad you had a good time. What do you think about being five soon? 

Dino: I’m super big boy now! See. (shows off his muscles)

Me: Yes, you are. But, you’ll always be my baby, no matter how big you get.

Dino: I know, Mommy

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Questions for Dinosaur at age 5: (I love how much his answers changed from last year. Though I was a bit disappointed Daddy and I were no longer his best friends, sniffles)

  1. What is your favorite color? red
  2. What is your favorite toy? star wars toys
  3. What is your favorite fruit? pineapple
  4. What is your favorite vegetable? broccoli
  5. What is your favorite show? Scooby Doo
  6. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? pizza
  7. What is your favorite thing to wear? my dinosaur shirts
  8. What is your favorite game? Scooby Doo Sorry
  9. What is your favorite snack? applesauce
  10. What is your favorite animal? dinosaurs
  11. What is your favorite song? The ABC song
  12. What is your favorite story? Dr Seuss ABC
  13. Who is your best friend? Luke
  14. What is your favorite cereal? not cereal, Mommy’s chocolate chip pancakes
  15. What do you like to do when you go outside?  ride my tricycle
  16. What is your favorite drink? my camouflage cup filled with water
  17. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas Day
  18. What do you like to take to bed with you? teddy
  19. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? hard boiled eggs
  20. What is your favorite thing to eat for dinner? chicken nuggets with sauce, and carrots
  21. What do you want to be when you grow up? a superhero

Dinosaur when he was still in his preemie clothes…my tiny little man

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Dinosaur over the years

 

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 Five Year Old Dinosaur

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38 Years and Halloween Memories

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This week’s sentence is ”One Halloween I…celebrated as a mom.

When you are trying to have a child and it doesn’t work, you think about every special moment and holiday you will never experience as a mom. But that first Halloween with my little monkey was beautiful. Of course everything is a joyous moment when you are a mom…but even more so that I finally got to experience it. Sure he was almost 5 months old, but it was beautiful.

He was adorable in his monkey costume…so happy just to see mommy laugh and act silly. Did he understand what was going on? NOPE. Did he get to go trick or treating? NOPE Did he eat any candy? NOPE. Did I celebrate like mad, enjoying every moment? YOU BET YOUR @SS I DID!

monkey collageBesides, just a few days before Halloween is my bday…so I got to celebrate my birthday as a mom…another even made special all because of a beautiful boy.

Speaking of BIRTHDAYS……

cake Today I am 38 years old…yes 38 and in two years I’ll be 40 and I’m looking forward to it. Age is just a number, but I am more confident and secure than I was ten years ago….

At 38 years old I’ve

survived my teen years and some tremendously stupid choices and actions

graduated high school and earned a Masters Degree

got married and despite our ups and downs, we’ve been together 18 years and married 12 years.

have a son, despite all those years of heartache and fear, I am a MOM

became a teacher, then due to budget cuts lost my job and condo

found another teaching job and slowly rebuilding and re-imagining our dreams

hated myself, tried to changed who I was, then realized I was too special and finally love who I am

lost friends I wish were still around, lost friends who weren’t friends at all, and made friends who will always be a part of my heart

started blogging, then stopped, then started blogging again

My birthday gift to myself???? Superhero Family Car Decals….YES, I’M A GEEK and I love it…At least they aren’t Twilight decals. 

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What Halloween memory do you have?

Dino is FOUR today

Dino’s 4th birthday party was a success.  I love that Dino was so thankful and appreciative of the party and gifts. He kept thanking his friends for coming and celebrating with him. When he gets wild and doesn’t listen, I remember what a kind, generous, thankful boy he is and it makes me smile. God sure has blessed me with a great kid.

Stew Leonard’s ROCKS at parties and I am glad we used them for Dino’s party. The food and kid activities were better than I imagined. Though yesterday we had this conversation which broke my heart a bit. He’s just too darn smart and I feel like he is testing me sometimes.

Me: Did you like Spiderman at your party?

Dino: Yeah, but he was just pretending, Mommy

Me: (trying not to be disappointed) What do you mean? That was really Spiderman.

Dino: No, Mommy. That was a costume not the real Spiderman. The real Spiderman doesn’t have strings on his head. (He was referring to the strings on the back of the mask.) And he didn’t shoot webs, Mommy.

Me: (He stumped me and I tried to come up with something to prove to him that this Spiderman WAS real, but how could I convince him in the face of such great evidence. Besides Spiderman didn’t even talk, LOL.) He wasn’t allowed to shoot webs at Stew Leonard’s. I think he has different masks, it was really hot yesterday and he probably wanted to take off his mask after he left.

Dino just looked at me in a way I could only describe as “you are full of horse poop mommy”. Then he shook his head and continue to play with his dinosaurs before I had interrupted him with my obviously stupid questions. I swear, this kid is too smart for his own good.  Did he put up with this “fake” Spiderman just to appease me, or did he realize Spiderman was fake afterwards? I guess this is the tough part of parenthood trying to convince them you are not delusional or weird; and trying to make them believe so you can keep them “young” forever.

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Questions for Dinosaur at age 4: (I’ve seen these questions on quite a few blogs for their kid’s bdays. I loved the idea.) 

  1. What is your favorite color? pink, purple, and green
  2. What is your favorite toy? Scooby Doo
  3. What is your favorite fruit? apples and bananas
  4. What is your favorite vegetable? crunchy carrots
  5. What is your favorite show? Shawn the Sheep and Scooby Doo
  6. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? hummus and pretzels 
  7. What is your favorite thing to wear? Spiderman underwear and shirt 
  8. What is your favorite game? bean bag game
  9. What is your favorite snack? gummies
  10. What is your favorite animal? piggy
  11. What is your favorite song? The Cat Came Back and Itsty Bitsy Spider
  12. What is your favorite story? No David book
  13. Who is your best friend? daddy and mommy (sniffles)
  14. What is your favorite cereal? Cheerios without almond milk
  15. What do you like to do when you go outside?  run, jump, play monster
  16. What is your favorite drink? apple juice
  17. What is your favorite holiday? My Birthday
  18. What do you like to take to bed with you? all my animals (and he does)
  19. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? cookies (NOT TRUE)
  20. What is your favorite thing to eat for dinner? pasta, sauce, and meatballs
  21. What do you want to be when you grow up? firefighter and police man
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My tiny little man

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One Year Old Dino

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One Year Old Dino next to Preemie Outfit

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Two Year Old Dino

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Two Year Old Dino next to Preemie Outfit

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Three Year Old Dino

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Three Year Old Dino next to Preemie Outfit

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4th Birthday photo

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his preemie outfit looks so tiny compared to him.