I really can’t believe that my nephew, Angus, turned six today. It really does seem like just yesterday that this little guy came into the world and made me realize that I didn’t actually hate ALL kids. I really do love the short stack and was glad to be able to head down to Richmond today to spend some time with him.
I got in the car and headed down there early so that I could spend the whole day with the birthday boy. He was really happy to see me when I got there too. I love how he can just sit and look at you as though he is drinking you in and taking note of every detail and filing it away in his special little brain to be able to go back there later.
Because his little brother was off at school we had a rare afternoon where Angus got to be the center of attention. So he got to open his Star Wars and Avatar toys that I brought him without the little bro’s grubby hands grabbing at his new loot. And he really can don the cheeseball smile when he sets his mind to it.
We got to hang out and watch a little of his new Justice League DVDs.
After a few hours Noah got home from school and the Birthday Boy had to share his new loot with his little brother. There wasn’t even much of a struggle this time either. Angus is getting really good at sharing.
Soon after the arrival of Noah and his Daddy, the rest of the guests started to arrive for the birthday party. This was going to be the neighborhood kids along with his Grandma and cousin. My sister setup the kiddie pool for the kids to play in…
I am not sure who had more fun with all the water toys though: the kids or the “grown-ups”. When the next door neighbors got in a wrestling match and both ended up in the pool that was a real highlight of the party. But even though the kids were having so much fun playing…like every kid’s party…everything stopped when the cake was brought out. This year Angus even let everyone sing Happy Birthday and he blew out his candles with no help.
It was really heartwarming to see how far he has grown over the last year. He had meltdowns or just became really uncomfortable being the center of attention when everyone tried to sing Happy Birthday in previous years. It was great to just see him so happy and smiling after he blew out those candles.
It really does melt my heart on days like this to see the Angus so beaming and happy. Even more so to see him being so social and just having fun with his friends. I know that a few years ago even something that seems so easy to most of us…like hangin’ with our friends…wasn’t a given for the kid. So it really does make me proud of how far he has come already. It really just goes to show how much care and love he is getting from his parents and his teachers. Great job Holly and Tony.
Thanks for having me down to spend the day with the guys.
Happy Birthday Angus!
Oh..and I almost forgot…this toy that Angus got as a gift…Tell me the guy that designed it doesn’t drive a Porsche.