Friday, May 30, 2008

Six and a Half

Our Big Guy is 6 1/2 Today

A half is a big deal when you are so little. The biggest difference I see between 6 and 6 1/2 is reading ability. He still loves Star Wars just as much as ever and told me this morning what he wanted for Christmas. We call him the absent-minded professor. He floats through life without thinking sometimes. He played Scrabble with my Mom yesterday and beat her with a 50 point word play. He tried to play with his little brother this morning and I overheard "I am the only one that can spell so you have to do what I say."

He has just about learned that doing something wrong is still wrong even when you aren't caught. He asked an "old lady" to get in the pool and swim last weekend. When she said she was too old to swim and would just watch, he tried to convince her otherwise. He tried to get her to stick her feet in. Could you ask for more than your child helping the elderly? :-)

He really loves to do things just to upset his brother. He will do the opposite of whatever the Little Guy wants if given the opportunity. He definitely sets the tone of our house with his attitude. He is strong willed and doesn't like to be compliant in any way unless he is in a really good mood or there is something in it for him.

He loves all sports and is already concerned with being with his friends and what they think. He is 6 1/2 going on 16 1/2. He is a social butterfly never needing downtime. He is always ready for the next big fun event and doesn't know why every day is not a "fun day". Except for not wanting downtime, he is the most like me in our family. Neither of us ever want to travel to space (among other things). Being so alike often causes conflict between us and yet I feel like I understand him better at the same time. All of his firsts have been and will be a big deal because it is the first time experiencing them as a parent.

For a long time he has wanted to be a chef when he grows up. That is very exciting for me since I hate to cook. I think there is plenty of time for him to change his mind and not want to be Head Chef at Chuck E. Cheese. He has told me a few times that he won't move away and will live here forever. That makes me smile, even if I know it isn't true. His favorite thing to say to me is "I love you more than you love me." He likes to argue how much more he loves me. He has tried it with other important people in his life, but he continues it daily with me because he likes my response. I make a big deal about it, say "no way!" and act shocked that he would think that. Every day he makes one or two new Lego Star Wars Spaceships (I don't know the real names of them like he does). I'm amazed at his creativity and ability.

Happy 1/2 birthday, Big Guy!


Laura said...

What a spirited and independent Big Guy! Yep, can't forget those 1/2 birthdays!

Your writing puts life and personality to all the pictures you post!

Angela said...

Oh - this age is soooo fun, amazing, sad, exciting... all at the same time. It is so incredible to see how much they learn and how much they "know" even at such a young age- but sometimes it's a little sad to think that just a few short years "ago" they were little toddlers :( Your Big Guy is so much fun to read about. And I love the 6 1/2 year picture!! :)

4under3 said...

So I read your "Dinner Conversation" post the other day and left without leaving a comment.

Then tonight I was doing the supper dishes while my MIL played up in the loft with all the children. As I heard the clattering of the Duplex bin empty, I instantly ran the question through my head, "Are there any choking hazard pieces in there that the babies might get ahold of?" Even though I know there aren't, I second guessed myself. Then I thought of you and your conversation with your Big Guy. Right there in front of the sink. I thought of the marbles, the Star Wars pieces and the gate code. Then I laughed--again. Just like I did the other day when I read it.

Just thought I'd share.

P.s. Loved learning about your Big Guy today.

Kristi said...

Loved reading about your "Big Guy." Sounds like a really fun, insightful guy!! And, I agree...between 6-7 there IS so much "growing up" that happens. My oldest just turned seven...and it is just amazing watching it all happen.

What a cute boy...and what a great post, Lisa!

Kristin said...

Awww...what a cutie. It struck a chord with me when you said you played the "I love you more than you love me" game. That has become a nightly ritual with my big guy and me. :) I also love that you celebrate the half-years.