Loved celebrating our little boy. He means everything to our family. For his birthday this year, we enjoyed spoiling him to pieces! I think he really needed it this month and plus, it was fun. Grant is a generous kid and never really wants anything for his birthday. In fact, he asked that instead of presents..... we could maybe all go to Disneyland or Universal for the day! I thought that was an awesome idea. We tweaked the plan since our older kids can't really miss school.... and Blake took him to Legoland-- just the two of them; they had such a great day. Grandma and Grandpa also took him for a special day all to himself at Disneyland as their gift to him. Nothing's more fun than Disneyland at Halloween time! We also went to see Goosebumps and out to dinner as a family! We also had a big hamburger dinner and ice cream cake with the Jones. We also had an amazing Halloween Birthday party with Grandma-- complete with pizza making and ding dong ditching! Haha.... I think we covered our bases. It was a really fun week of celebrating. Here's an excerpt from Grant's journal:
Grant, sports are your favorite thing. You absolutely LOVE to play soccer and football. You love to do anything and everything active: swim, hike, golf, tennis, vollyball. You are so good at sports and amaze your dad and I with your athletic abilities. You work hard and rarely complain about attending practice or doing drills to increase your skill level. You love music. You have a playlist that grows weekly. Evelyn helps you to find songs you enjoy to add to this playlist and you listen before you fall asleep at night. You love to dance and you enjoy singing. This year you joined chorus at school and also auditioned for Beauty and the Beast. You auditioned for LeFou, but earned the role of Maurice, Belle’s father. You are loving it and enjoy spending time with your buddy — our neighbor Luke Jorgenson. You are always up to try new things and put your heart and soul into everything you do. You are a good student, though you don’t particularly enjoy school and find it difficult to sit still and stay indoors all day. You really dislike homework and it’s not easy to get you to do it— but it is important to you that you are responsible and get the job done, so you do your best. You love math and definitely prefer math to reading and writing. Your favorite book series this year is definitely Harry Potter— you’ve read 5 books! We are trying to finish but have plateaued a bit! You love Studio C! This is your favorite thing to watch. You love Dude Perfect and Odd Ones Out on Youtube. You enjoy playing legos, but mostly you love to run around outside and have never been one to play with toys much.You enjoy baking and gardening and camping and hiking. You love sweets and Sprite. You love roller coasters and love to watch youtube channels that show the route of various roller coasters in the world. That is literally your favorite thing to watch! You love Disneyland and Universal and Sea World. You love holidays and enjoy helping me prepare for various traditions and events. You are helpful and kind to your siblings. You adore Dane and would do ANYTHING for him. You look up to him and you are a darling little brother who tries hard to allow him to win and be at the top. You are a peacemaker and bring a lot of joy to our family. Your favorite food is Chick Fill A and Rubios. You love spending time with cousins and with Grandparents. You are sweet and tender and your teachers flat out adore you both at school and at church because you make such great decisions. You love your Dad more than life itself and would do anything for him. You are loyal and take care of your siblings. You are a great brother to Anna at school. She always finds you to give you a hug at recess and you are always willing to cheer her up and comfort her. I love how kind and affectionate you are to younger children and babies. You adore little kids and adore dogs and small animals. You have a very kind and giving nature and it’s evident when you spend time with kids. Parents are always thrilled to have you around because their little ones like you so much. You can be stubborn at times and when you have your mind set against something, you will hold strong. But then when I tell you- the decision is yours and I’m not forcing you to do anything, you ALWAYS make the right choice to go ahead and do what is expected or do the thing you wish you didn’t have to do! I’m proud of how you earned the Trustworthy Character Award first before anyone else in your class— both this year and last year. You are running for student council as spirit commissioner. Your description of why you’d make a good commissioner: Because I have so many great ideas and I’m really a fun guy. So cute. All of the kids at school enjoy being your friend, but you are more interested in Dane’s friends- and older kids. You are very mature and hang out with older kids easily and naturally. You are so fun to watch grow. Dad and I are so thrilled with the person that you are and all that you accomplish in your life. Mostly just for being a super awesome kid who makes everyone happy. So glad you are our son.
Memories/Trips: This year we went to Tucson, AZ over New Year’s; St George in February over winter break, Scottsdale, AZ in March, Pismo Beach in June, and Seattle in July. Mt. Hood, Oregon in August. We had Uncle Dave and Aunt Jenny visit in May and Uncle Mike and Aunt Jess come in September. The Rustands came out to visit as well a few times. It was a busy and fun summer!
grant ding dong ditching!