Sunday, September 25, 2016

Eleven








Our LB celebrated his eleventh birthday on Friday. It felt like a different kind of birthday to me because he was much more involved with it all this time. He asked for a homemade cake and I was happy to provide, though when I say "homemade," I mean that I got by with a lot of help from Pillsbury. Which is okay, really, because I'm not very good at baking cakes from scratch. He wanted yellow cake (fine with me) with Aqua Blue Vanilla Funfetti frosting (somewhat less fine with me), which comes with tiny, colorful shark-shaped sprinkles to put on the cake. Everyone had a bright blue mouth after eating their slice. He insisted on lighting his own birthday candles, which was okay with us since we were standing right there, but I did kind of miss doing it for him as he watched. He helped cut and serve the cake, too. It was sort of a do-it-yourself birthday for him, I guess. He's growing up. After cake, he played the guitar for everyone, blue lips and all.

I think he had a good day, but he's the stoic type and it isn't always easy to tell. In school, he handed out Rice Krispie Treats for his birthday treat. He attended the first meeting of the year for an after-school computer club that he's finally eligible to join now as a fifth-grader. He's happy with his birthday presents, especially the radio-controlled quad-copter with video capability, which has already been retrieved from the roof twice this weekend. He also received books from some of his favorite series, in particular the Bone series of graphic novels for kids. I recommend Bone highly; my somewhat-reluctant reader of fiction has suddenly decided he likes it a lot. I gave him a box of Twinkies because he told me that he really wanted to try one. I know, mean old mom, her kid reaches the ripe old age of eleven without trying a Twinkie? Well, the time has come. He has to share them, but suffice it to say he has no other complaints about Twinkies.

His take-charge approach to his birthday festivities is a reflection of the kind of person he is turning out to be. I'm a bit of a pushover and I don't want that for him or his sister. No, he's becoming very independent, thinking more for himself all the time. He knows what he likes. He also knows what he doesn't like. I told him recently, in a moment of exasperation, that I wanted to raise him to adulthood, not drag him there. I think dirty socks were involved. I know I'm only on the fringe of these woods, though, and I'm enjoying this phase with him very much. He is still little in a lot of ways - for one thing, he's still smaller than I am. He still hugs me spontaneously, letting me rest my chin on top of his head, pushing down ever so slightly, as if that could possibly work. 

24 comments:

  1. WOW! Happy Birthday, LB! Eleven! WOW! I'm glad he had a good time and you all survived blue frosting and Twinkies :) xx

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  2. Aw! He's growing up!
    Funny about the Twinkie! Confession: I LOVE Ding Dongs!

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  3. Happy birthday to LB. It looks like he had a great day - blue lips included! :o)

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  4. It looks like he had a fabulous birthday. My son loved the Bones books. Another favorite graphic novel series is the Nathan Hale Hazardous Tales. I liked these because he was learning a bit of history.

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  5. How beautifully you have written about him. I especially like that last sentence. I'm glad he had such a good birthday. You have made me think that I must encourage my littlest boy to play his guitar for us sometimes. It would definitely increase his confidence. So good that your LB likes to be independent and do things for himself. Although of course I think they'll always need us for the dirty socks... CJ xx

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  6. Happy birthday to your LB, he's looking so grown up now. I had to smile at your last sentence, if only we could keep them little for ever, or at least a little longer than they are.

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  7. Both of my sons are now taller than me and hugging them is a very different experience to when they were small. I can still put my chin on my daughter's head, though. Just. This is a lovely post, Jennifer. Happy, happy birthday to your boy. Sam x

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  8. Happy Birthday LB! Eleven! He does suddenly look a lot more grown up! So glad he had a great time and chose the cake he wanted......we have had blue frosting moments in the past too :) Have a lovely week, Jennifer.
    Helen xox

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  9. happy birthday LB. I'm slightly terrified of that blue cake x

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  10. Hey Jennifer,
    Happy birthday to your LB. our last sentence is just gorgeous. I know exactly how you feel. Two out of three of mine are way taller than me now, and judging from the length of Oliver's legs, he'll not be far behind them. Enjoy those precious year between now, and fully fledged teen. A strong willed, independent teenage is a joy to have around ;))) By the way, the cake looks exactly how a birthday cake should look.
    Leanne xx

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  11. Happy Birthday to LB! It has been such a treat watching him grow up through the lens of your blog. He is such a wonderful boy, and everything you described about him in your blog today sounds like the quintessential 11 year old. Keep resting your chin on top of his head and pressing down as long as you are able. :-)

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  12. Dragging to adulthood is a feeling with which I am very familiar! The rays of sunlight that come intermittently reassure you though that it is all going in the right general direction, in my experience. It sounds like a lovely birthday and he sounds like a lovely lad. x

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  13. Happy birthday to LB it's sounds as if he had a wonderful birthday, I've never had a twinkie either, the cake looks great, blue frosting is a must! they grow so fast wow eleven all ready. :) xx

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  14. Happy birthday to your boy. I'm always wary of icing that is so colorful but it sure is a pretty color blue. In exactly one week, my oldest will be 21. And a few weeks later my oldest will be 18. I miss them.

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  15. It looks like LB had a great birthday. It's always hard to have them suddenly "doing" everything and making decisions without us isn't it? You're doing a great job with your children Jennifer. Love the rainbow photo, but my favorite is your boy playing the guitar. So wonderful.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  16. Happy Eleventh Birthday to him!
    It sounds and looks like a really sweet way to celebrate the day.
    Twinkies have never entered my house either..

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  17. *H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* to your handsome, talented and grown up son! You should be very proud as I know you are. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  18. That's so nice! Sounds like you are having many great moments. He's a lovely young man! You are doing great!

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  19. Belated Birthday wishes, he is certainly growing up fast. Lovely moments to cherish.

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  20. Lovely! I am still requesting,through gritted teeth, that my oldest (17 this Friday) puts his dirty laundry in the laundry bucket, not on the floor of his bedroom. He still gives me lovely hugs too, I am very lucky x

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  21. Eleven already! He is growing quickly. That photo of him where he's looking directly at the camera and smiling - wow, does he ever look like you! I hadn't seen that before. By the way, it is sooo easy to make a homemade yellow cake and frosting. You don't need help from Pillsbury, I promise you. :-)

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  22. What a handsome young man. He is growing up so quickly. I have been reading your blog for along time and I am and stunned that he is eleven already. My grandson will be 2 next month .

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  23. Happy Birthday! I suppose it all has to change at some time, over time. I don't even know what twinkies are but I think I would probably have had the same views about them as you based ont he picture on the packet. I also think I would cave in by the time my children were 11 too! Jo x

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  24. Ah, it's bittersweet. This is how I feel with Bella right now, who's ten this December. She's independent, stoical, thoughtful, very self sufficient - but also my baby in so many ways. Happy birthday to your boy. I think a radio controlled quad copter with video capability sounds pretty bloody awesome to be honest. X

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