Our William turned eight years old today. After giving it a lot of thought, he opted for a small family celebration instead of a large friend party. For his family activity, he asked if we could take a trip to the Lego store which is probably his very favorite place in the whole world. After our co-op classes this morning, we picked up Ben at work for lunch at Red Robin. William’s favorite foods are meat and bread so hamburgers seemed like a good fit. At lunch we gave William one of his presents, a Lego gift card.
After stuffing ourselves we walked over to the mall so William could spend his gift card. He’s been studying out the new Star Wars sets, so it didn’t take him as long as usual to decide on which ones to get.
When we got home William went straight to work building his Lego sets. We pried him away for dinner (waffles with berries, whip cream, and caramel syrup) and presents. He was genuinely happy with everything he got.
He got a few books, some candy, new bullets for his Nerf gun, homemade bookmarks (by Adelaide) and a Snap Circuits set.
I made him a new blanket for snuggling up and watching television. The quilt I made him several Christmases ago was showing serious wear so I’m hoping this blanket will be a good replacement.
We snatched him away from the Lego building one more time so that we could have cake and ice cream. I made him a Texas sheet cake which turned out enormous. He had asked for chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and marshmallows because he said he doesn’t like the taste of frosting/cake with food coloring in it.
After cake, William got to go to his very first ever Cub Scout meeting. He’s been looking forward to this for so long. Scouting is full of all the things William loves most in this world. I know he is going to have so much fun.
After scouts, we let William stay up a little later to work on his Lego set. He loves Legos, especially Star Wars sets.
He is able to put together even the trickiest of sets all on his own which is really nice for us. He finished his new set before bed tonight and I know he’ll be up first thing in the morning working on the second set.
This was a big birthday for William and one that he has been looking forward to for months. Not only did he get to become a scout, but he had his first meeting right on his very birth day. In our house, turning 8 also means a later bedtime, something that William has watched Molly enjoy for years. He’s hoping we’ll let him watch a few Star Wars movies when the little kids go to bed. In our church, age 8 is also when children are old enough to choose to be baptized and to become official members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It’s a big deal. His baptism will be in a couple of weeks and he is excited.
William is such a good kid. He knows the difference between right and wrong and he tries his best to always choose the right. He is a good big brother and looks out for his younger siblings. William loves nature and being outdoors. He still likes to build things, but wants to build useful things. Right now he desperately wants to build a tree house, a wagon, a go-cart, a fire pit, and a shed. He wants us to cook dinner outside and to plant a garden. I’m going to try and make both of those happen this year. We’ve already bought some seeds so we are off to a good start.
William is all about the practical. He doesn’t like to fuss with things that he deems unnecessary. He wants his clothes to be comfortable and warm. He wants to make things that are useful. He saves his money and studies out his purchases for months if not years. He likes things that are old-fashioned (like simple boats, tools, etc.) because he thinks they are cheaper to maintain. He eats when he is hungry and will refuse treats when he feels like his body is full. (Obviously not a learned behavior from his parents.) He wants to grow his own food. He wants to find flint and learn how to make fire. He has been asking me to teach him how to cook. So far he’s made bread, pancakes and eggs and next on his list is pie. He’s a night owl and hates mornings.
William has developed a true love of reading over this last year. He devours all kids of books, from classics to comics to new novels and he is happy to read Adelaide her stories about princesses and fairies. Between William and Molly, the stack of books I bring back from the library is ridiculously large. William is doing well at school and works hard if he thinks we are learning something useful. He likes to draw and wants to learn how to make pottery. He loves history.
I think William has a strong sense of self. He knows what he wants and isn’t influenced easily. He can be extremely stubborn sometimes, but he is also sensitive and thoughtful. He is a quick learner and it’s challenging for me to provide him with enough opportunities to learn and grow develop all the skills he wants. He is smart and picks things up quickly.
William is a great blessing to our family and we love him so much.