Alan gave me a birthday slap bracelet to wear today and I rocked it like it was 1991! Alan actually got it for his 8th birthday at school from Mrs. Harris and wore it on his birthday. So naturally, I wore it on mine (and I’ll be wearing it to work tomorrow).
Alan also gave me a card that featured a drawing of a gray plane that was flying a scarlet banner that said “Dad.” And he gave me a bag of Hershey kisses that he snuck into my car as a surprise early present last night.
Today we spent the morning skiing at Alpine (just for fun; no lessons) and the afternoon playing at Zero Gravity for Joshua’s party — where I had plenty of birthday cake. Second year in a row I got cake on my birthday by taking Alan to a party!
First grade – Part III – edition of the Top 10:
-Playing MBBL baseball! (Practice kicked off this past Saturday – photo above)
-Texting. Yes, it’s true. Particularly with Dad, Mom, Grandma Debbie, and Shane. Alan loves sending emojis!
-Playing cards with Grandma Debbie, Tyler, and Carleigh
-Hiding rocks in the snow outside the Golden Gate Gardens apartment and creating a “treasure map” to document how to locate them
-Hanging out with friends – Josh, Noah, and Brady in the past few weekends alone
-Championship races on the Super Ultimate Garage racetrack! (still a huge favorite)
-Dancing to Kidz Bop music at school — and later watching the classroom videos that Mrs. Russo posts on Twitter
-Racing cars down our long hallway
-Ice Skating and Swimming
-Building train cities! (photo below)
All “Alan originals.” He loves to create trucks using his imagination.
When Alan visits Beachwood Place, the first stop is at the Lego Store. And when he’s there, he loves to build. Check out the house he made today!
(Photo above taken by Alan)
In addition to developing his musical talents, Alan has taken an interest in photography. He likes to borrow my phone and take his own pictures. Alan named the photo above “Toy Mountain.”
Every other Sunday Alan goes to visit his Tata (Great-Grandma) and Papa (Great-Grandpa). It’s a weekend tradition that goes back to when Alan was a baby and spans three different apartments.
Some of Alan’s favorite activities have been playing in the sink and laughing about it (pictured above), reading with Tata, eating corn and graham crackers, playing in his [original] hideout (pictured below over Papa’s left shoulder), maneuvering his body through a fish-shaped drying rack (pictured below over Papa’s right shoulder), and playing with trucks, trains, and construction equipment (pictured below).
When Robbie and Jill are in town, the activities expand to playing “rescue” on the parking garage with Robbie (where workers are rescued from the roof via crane) and the board game Chutes and Ladders with Jill.
It’s always a great time on the weekends at Great-Grandparents’ apartment!
Note: The pictures below were taken by Alan today. He picked up my phone and just started snapping. The photos are both artistic and unique to his perspective. Nice job Alan!!!