Can you believe I now have an EIGHT year old. EIGHT, seems so much bigger that seven...probably because it's a big year. He's finally out of a booster seat, which he's been very excited about. He's in second grade, lost 13 teeth, and communicates on a whole new level with Mark and I. He is incredibly smart, makes all A's, and has a very good attitude most of the time. Our super-uber shy guy is gone and he's turning into a jokester at school, which is good and bad! He still LOVES to read and play Lego but Star Wars is finally taking a backseat to sports---which I personally LOVE! He also loves anything electronic: the DS, the Wii, our phones, the computer, TV etc. Somedays I love technology and some days I can't stand it! It is however the very first privilege that gets taken away for being disrespectful, acting too silly at school, and basically anything else that comes our way. Ryan has made us really up our game in parenting. He's so smart he can outwit me quickly if I'm not careful, and you better believe he NEVER, EVER forgets anything we say EVER! Even when we think he's not listening, he is, he ALWAYS is!! :) I am so thankful the God choose him to be our firstborn and I cannot wait to see him in action as a big brother again. He is so sweet with all the cousins and has turned into quite a leader. He still beats to his own drum, has Mark's sense of humor and unfortunately got an equal dose of our stubbornness and sarcasm. He's a very generous kid who's full of kindness, silliness and craziness wrapped into one perfect stinky boy. We love you Kid-O and we are SO proud of you! 8 is going to be a blast.
His real birthday:
Honey and GP treated the older cousins to 3 Spoons and he got his present from them early, which he loved and built in an hour and a half---he has some serious Lego skills y'all.
Then we had a cookie cake celebration at school and headed to Texas Roadhouse for some yummy steak. Ryan's favorite meal :).
His Sports party:
I need to thank the Cersey Party Planning Team big time on the party. I was so sick I hardly remember this so thank you girls for decorating everything and taking all these wonderful pictures to document "the perfect party" (according to Ryan). Ryan had very specific requests, so the fact that he called this party perfect was a huge success!
Yes that's a PVC goal post that Kacey made. I mean how cute??!!
And Caryn meticulously hung the banner and decoupaged the name and number eight. Thanks again girls!
It really turned out very cute...I mean cool!
These two were the only girls allowed at the party.
The Smith clan
Uncle Frank and Caroline
Again the cutest girls on the planet
And this is what the majority of the party looked like. Lots of running, jumping, hockey, football, basketball, and fun!
Such a mean goalie
Some friends and babies (sorry Ann I thing we surprised ya:)
Even sick I managed to sanitize everyone!
One happy birthday boy
Getting our grub on
Wyatt and Landry, two peas in a pod.
such handsome fellows
Our one and only family shot. So thankful for my photographer!
Thanks mom for "the perfect party". Sometimes I want to burst he's so sweet, and other times ...we'll save that for the non-birthday post :).
Gifts galore. We have some amazing friends and such a wonderful family. Thank you guys so much for sharing in Ryan's day!
Happy 8th birthday Ryan!