My best buddy turned 8 today!
Alan passed out Justice League pencils (featuring Green Lantern, Flash, Superman, and Batman) to his classmates at school today. He came home wearing a birthday sticker and slap bracelet (the same could easily have been said for me back in 1991). I surprised him at the bus stop, after leaving work early, and he was pretty shocked. Then we hung out for the afternoon during the lead up to his Sky Zone party!
Alan commented to me how his bus driver, teacher, and librarian were all celebrating the Browns’ big win and Baker Mayfield’s successful debut last night! This Browns fan didn’t need to wait to hear it from me — Cleveland was on fire!
Alan and Tyler celebrated their 8th and 7th birthdays at a family party today at Grandma Debbie’s house! The party was at the same time as the Browns’ season opener, so Alan and I were dressed accordingly.
Alan was in charge of setting up the candles on the boys’ vanilla cake. When the boys blew out the candles, Alan took the top row and Tyler took the bottom row.
Alan got a lot of great gifts, including the one he really wanted! It’s almost as if people knew he really likes Legos.
As always, Alan was so glad to have his cousins there! He was also very proud to show off his new violin, after having his very first lesson yesterday. He showed it off to the whole family.
Today we arrived for Chinese class early, so we did some sight-seeing on the mall area around Key Tower and Cleveland Browns Stadium. Alan loves seeing the Tower, whether it’s up close or from afar (He also went inside when he visited me at work to deliver Christmas presents when he was 3, but he doesn’t remember that).
It was a beautiful day in Cleveland – weather wise and sports wise. The Cavs began their title defense with a win over the Pacers in Gm 1 of their first round series, while the Indians beat the Tigers right next door.
Today was another centers day for Kindergarteners — the first after busy season at work for me — so I jumped at the opportunity to drive Alan to school and spend the morning with him and his classmates!
It also happened to be Sports Day at school, so Alan and I both went in Cavaliers attire. During bellwork, Alan had to write and answer the following questions in his journal:
- What is your favorite sport?
- What is your favorite team?
- Who is your favorite player?
Alan responded with “baseball,” “Indians,” and “LeBron James.” All very understandable answers!
When it was time for centers, I manned a station with a math game. The kids rotated through in groups of three or four. Alan was in a group with his best friends Xavier and Grady. I loved how all three kids combined to cover the Cavaliers, Indians, and Browns with their shirts.
Side note: Alan ended up winning the math game. Later in the day, when I called Alan after he got home from school, he revealed to me that he thought he won because he was wearing his Cavaliers championship shirt.
After the math game, Alan and his friends rotated through other tables that involved puzzles, coloring, and drawing. At one station Alan drew a plane and a truck (specifically a Target truck) that he gave to me to take home. Obviously I loved it.
At the conclusion of centers, I stayed with Alan as the kids ate their snacks, then left for work afterwards. I would’ve stayed for the whole day if I could have!