My first born turned six. Gulp. I knew this day would come sooner or later. Just look how grown up Alex looks at age six! Each year since he was born, I take his photo with a huge stuffed bear he was given at birth by his Great Grandfather. Except for that one year (age 4) when I completely forgot. Here are pics of him the rest of the years…

At birth, one year and two years.

Age three (with a cast on his broken arm!)

Age five

Age six!

Another tradition we have is that I take the day off work on or very near my children’s birthday, and spend the day hanging out doing whatever they want to do! This usually involves going to a number of places we don’t go to very often, such as Chuck E. Cheese, Mall of America, McDonalds.

Alex wanted to see the movie Cars 2 – for the fifth time in the theatres. GULP. That would be my fourth time sitting through the film – oh the things we do for our children! This year I introduced what I hope will become a new tradition – I threw in our first mother-son volunteer gig. So after the movie we headed over to Feed My Starving Children to pack meals for kids around the world.

Alex was a bit tentative on the hair net idea, but once he saw everyone else was wearing one, he loosened up. He wasn’t tall enough to work on the line much on his own – but he was our table cleaner and also helped hand bags of food from one place to another. But two hours is quite a long time for a 6 six year old to stay focused, and he did a great job. He also learned many great lessons.

These are some of the meals we packed for people who really need food. One story that really stuck with Alex was one about a young girl who was very sick and they couldn’t figure out what was wrong. They finally realized there were 8 pounds of rocks in her stomach. She was so hungry, she was willing to eat rocks in order to calm the stomach pains. 

When the staff heard it was Alex’s birthday, they were super nice to him, asked him to stand and all the volunteers sang Happy Birthday – and then he was able to pick out a free t-shirt. That was very special and I appreciated the gesture. After volunteering, we headed to Chuck E. Cheese for lunch and games.  

The next day was Alex’s birthday party. Many friends joined us for a gymnastics-themed party at The Little Gym. The staff did a great job keeping the kids entertained with games and activities. Including tumbling and jumping, train games, playing with a parachute and a big jumping pad.

And there was cake, of course. It was the Cars 2 theme, by request of the birthday boy.

It was free of egg, peanuts and milk, like all the birthday cakes in our family, to accommodate those with these food allergies.

And now, this six year old is getting ready to begin school in a couple of weeks. As a late birthday, we made the decision to hold off until he turned six to begin Kindergarten. He’s pretty excited, but truth be told, this mama is a little sad to see him growing up so fast. Especially when I look at that picture of him as a little baby.

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2 Responses to “Alex turns six…”

  1. Wow! I’m impressed that you had the foresight to begin that photography tradition since Alex was newborn. This was a lovely post, and a perfect way to end it, with Alex’s first day of school. Sounds like he had a great time: so did you, Missy, Cars 2 notwithstanding. Susan

  2. Jeff Moravec says:

    What’s the over-under as to what age he’ll be when he refuses to pose with the bear? 😉



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