Yesterday Logan turned 8. He bounced his way through the day, alternately whining that things were going too slow and quivering with excitement that presents were coming. Because we had some unavoidable things on the calendar, the big ‘celebration’ would happen at dinner. Plus, we needed to keep things somewhat low key: Ryan, Logan, and Jim are all sick. (Lord have mercy on me!!) My parents joined us for dinner of Logan’s choice: lasagna, rolls, and green salad, with ice cream cake for dessert. Once he finished eating, he begged to be excused so he could open gifts. It was easy to grant his request.
We moved to the living room and he started opening presents. He opened the first one, and was excited but a bit puzzled. Hailey handed him the 2nd present to open. He did. You could see him shaking with excitement. I told him that the present in his hands was from Grandma and Grandpa…and we waited. After waiting a minute for him to say "Thank you” and getting nothing, someone prompted him with “What do you say?” Immediately, his voice shaking with the thrill of it all, he responded: “What is it??” We all cracked up. He was so eager to have presents that he hadn’t figured out what the gift even was…just that he had presents! Goofball. (He got a LeapPad 2. He LOVES it. It’s just perfect for his developmental age, and there are tons of educational—like math concepts and phonics—games that he will play for hours. Win all the way)
End result? The gifts were a hit. The company was delightful. Emily made it home for the weekend, and that was a special treat. The cake was delicious and fun (even if it didn’t look professional and wasn’t a soccer ball, as requested.) What’s not to like about an ice cream cake with chocolate cake, mint ice cream, vanilla ice cream frosting, and hot fudge decoration?
Here’s to many, many more, young man. You have blessed our lives with laughter and fun, and challenged us to grow beyond what we ever believed possible. Your smile lights up the room and your laughter is contagious. We are SO grateful that God put us together!