It's official! There is no more reason to be homesick. Yesterday Jason and I went to a new little restaurant nearby. It's called, Mexway! And it's about as close as you can get to Chipotle as possible! And it is DELICIOUS. And just eating there made me feel like I was back in Texas. So, who cares that it was below freezing outside, and I was sitting in a store front eating with a train passing by. However you slice it, it was delicious! It was Mexican. And that is something you just don't get here.
Dallin has tried lots of things, but he's never been a big very into say soccer, basketball, or art, but singing.... Well, he's always been a great little singer, but he says he's shy. So the idea of getting in front of a crowd and actually singing sounds miserable to him. But he did it! He signed up to sing in an all Council (like city) youth choir. He practiced for weeks with a small group from his school. He still never seemed excited to perform, but he practiced at home all the time. He really enjoyed it! And we couldn't wait to support him. Look for him in the video, he's wearing a kelly green shirt and he's on the right a few rows up. It was so fun. I hope I can get him to become a bit more involved in singing and music in the future.
** Hey Grandma, don't just press play, press those enlargement arrows in the right corner first!
Jaxon was anxious to have his first party with friends. We have only really celebrated his previous birthdays with family or "family friends."
So, we invited a few families from church with little ones over to help us celebrate. And it was a bit of craziness!!!
Let me paint the picture for you:
Jaxon had a great morning, enjoyed opening his gifts and playing with them. Jason blew up 150+ balloons (they're everywhere) Party starts at 2pm, Jaxon enjoys his friends for a bit, then he freaks out over the piñata. He's ready to do it now!!! He is unconsolable. While Jason and I take tuns trying to help him out, we get the party eating lunch. Finally Jaxon settles down enough to eat. He scarfs down a HUGE hot dog, and Jason and I look at each other like the worst parents in the world that we are, as we realize our poor boy was just hungry. He'd played all morning, was tired, and hadn't eaten. Woops. Note to self!
The party progresses, we're having a great time. There's face painting with Janae, Pin the Mustache on the Mario that the girls colored, AJ fashioned a Mario Style punch the coin box Mario pinata, people are playing ping-pong, all is well until:
The radiator falls off the wall, water starts jetting toward the ceiling, the men hustle about to get the water turned off and under control, the creatively support this huge HEAVY radiator, and all is well. Jaxon came in while the water was spraying and shouted, "DO IT AGAIN!"
Those American's sure do know how to throw a party!!!!
So, our little Jaxon is 5 years old. Does that sound old? It sure sounds big to me! He's our baby. Not so much anymore. Next thing you know he'll start losing his baby teeth and there won't be anything else "baby" left of him. Except, he will always be ours.
Ironically, though I really have loved watching Jaxon grow up this year. I so enjoy watching him pretend with his toys, he makes the best sound effects. I've loved watching him work on his letters and numbers at home. He is just so in the learning zone right now. He is always pointing letters and numbers out to me, he enjoys writing and drawing. All this has happened just this year.
He loves it when he comes home to a stack of library books that mom picked out for him while he was at school.
Recently he's all about being independent. Let me correct myself, he's all about being independent in a good way. This kid has ALWAYS been independent! He tells me to close my eyes, when we are getting him changed for school or bed, and Voila! He's dressed all by himself. From buttons, to zippers, to gloves, and hats. He's even been so proud of himself lately for scrubbing himself clean in his bath on his own.
The independent nature, or strong-willed part of him has been a battle at times, but I pray that it is just that very will that will bless him in his life as he grows and progresses.