The last couple of weeks have been good in some ways but trying in others. Even though I share a lot, there are some things that are way too sensitive for public consumption so my blog has been quiet. Ya know; while I stewed and processed and deep breathed and soaked in the fabulousness that was getting to spend time with my best friends from near and far. That part (the time spent with best friends) was truly awesome.
Yesterday Ace turned 12 years old (Yay!) and it was exactly the Birthday, Labor Day, Unofficial End of Summer day that I needed.
Shaunie had left out 2 new boxes of Legos and a new book for them the night before so they’d have something to occupy them until we woke up. At 7:45 on the morning of the birthday, I walked into Ace’s room, to find him and Jay in his bed, reading the new Dog Man book and laughing together. Swoon. I wished my boy a happy birthday and then Jay told me that he had offered Ace his new Lego as a gift. Seriously … How sweet!
Next, we revealed Ace’s real gift – A PS4 gaming system. To say he was happy is putting it mildly. He then opened a birthday card containing a Game Stop gift card so yeah, later in the morning, after he came back from getting a fresh to death haircut, we went to Game Stop and then to Target where Jay spent his own pocket money buying Robux (video game currency) and Ace splurged on the biggest Nerf gun they had.
Back at home, everyone just kinda hung out. The boys were happy to play with their new toys, I was happy to have them home and know that they were happy.
In the afternoon, we hit the pool for a bit, made a cake, had a Nerf war, played a board game and chit chatted as we all got ready for the next day. Jay wants to be something scary this year for Halloween. Possibly that guy from Scream. Ace initially thought he wanted to be a paper boy, but has now switched to Dead Pool. Quite the pivot. Jays really big news is that he has expanded his food repertoire and now eats rice, chicken, sausages, scrambled eggs and corn. What in all the hell??? For the first time EVER, we all sat at the table and ate the same meal for dinner. This is great but I’m still kind of stunned. Ace will need to change clothes for gym class this year and he’s not excited about that but he IS looking forward to all the other things that 7th grade has to offer. School did not used to be a place he felt comfortable. How far the boys have come. I love it.
I spent a little one on one time with each boy before they went to sleep and everyone was out like a light by 9pm.
It was a simply delightful way to spend a day.
This morning, Ace was up and ready. Jay let me know that he would not be posing for any pictures because he was not happy about going back to school and this was not a day to celebrate. *spoiler alert* He posed for pictures because this mama is not above bribery.
In the end, he was glad to see his old friends and the day started just fine. I got my first pumpkin item (a muffin) of the season and there are no work events on my calendar for this week so it shouldn’t be too bad in the office.
I’m looking forward to seeing the boys later and hearing about their first day. Oh, and also, eating more of that birthday cake. 🙂