We went out for dinner tonight, because Shien’s been cooking for another Malachy party with his cousin Jason, tomorrow. At the restaurant, out of nowhere, Malachy says, “Dad, thanks so much for taking us out to dinner!” During bedtime, with the lights out, after prayer, he says out of nowhere, “Thanks for taking us out, Dad. I love you, Dad.” After some silence, as I lay in bed, he says it again, “Dad, I love you.” Priceless… As a parent, now, those are the moments that make your heart melt, and one hopes and prays, “Please, don’t grow out of that!” 😉
Not until Malachy turned 3 did we hear about the term Golden Birthday. Someone had told us that the following year would be his Golden Birthday. We were like, “Huh?” We found out it meant that you turn the age of the date you were born on. So, Malachy turned 4 on the 4th this year. You only get one! 😉
When your child has a birthday, it’s like a birthday for everyone in that there is so much preparation and anticipation. He was showered with gifts, but it also came with promises. About a month ago, Malachy and his classmate shared a vision together, and that vision was a Chocolate River.
Once again, it was something we were determined to make a reality. At least, that’s what Shien was determined to do. I actually Googled it, and Rachel Ray, one of Malachy’s favorite chefs, created one! His was going to be different, because it had to have carrot sticks! 😉 Shien and him created it, and the cake tasted OH SO YUMMY! 😉 One of the things about being a parent is that you’re always trying to make your child’s wishes come true! Certainly not required, but definitely a plus! 😉
Another gift that I HAD to get him was this pen that I saw at a staff development meeting. It’s called the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen, and it was just too cool to pass up. It actually records what one is writing in a notebook, as well as audio! I had it for a while but we decided to save it for his birthday. It’s a way of now being able to record some of his writing, stroke by stroke, as well as him talking live while writing. Very geeky. Very cool. 🙂
Finally, we ended the evening with a great view of the most amazing fireworks! As PoPo said, they were especially for him… 😉 It is really nice to be able to share a birthday with your country! 🙂 (America is 230 years older! 😉 )