Happy 8th Birthday!

If you saw my post yesterday you know Ben turned 8 on Sunday. It’s becoming harder and harder to remember him as this sweet little baby and not a handsome young man with thoughts, feelings, and opinions of his own. I know it seems weird, but I’ve really seen the most growth this year in the past month. He’s becoming more mature, taking on more responsibility, and every once in awhile he will say something so profound and compassionate that I  know were doing at least something right with this whole parenting thing. 
Ben loves his little brother so much and although they can fight like brothers, they also have the best bond. This past year he’s started reading chapter books, wants to do math for fun, and loves playing games as a family or having a good nerf gun fight. He’s also become very into his looks 🙂 He fixes his hair every morning and is super particular about what he wears. Gone are the days of rolling out of bed and getting ready or having mom pick out your clothes. Even though he’s almost too big to fit on my lap, I’m trying to make an extra effort to cuddle with him and give lots of hugs and kisses while he’ll still let me.  
I’m so excited to see what this next year holds and to watch him continue to develop into his own person. Last year I had Ben answer these questions and I did it again this year. Some of the answers are the same, but overall I’d say this year’s answers were more accurate. Number 1 made me laugh.
1. What is something mom always says to you? Stop
2. What makes mom happy? When I listen
3. What makes mom sad?  When I don’t listen
4. How does your mom make you laugh? When you tickle me
5. What was your mom like as a child? Playful
6. How old is your mom? 30 
7. How tall is your mom? 21 inches
8. What is her favorite thing to do? Take pictures
9. What does your mom do when you’re not around? Watch t.v.
10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for? singing
11. What is your mom really good at? Can we come back to this 
12. What is your mom not very good at? Riding the hover board 
13. What does your mom do for a job? Help kids
14. What is your mom’s favorite food? Grandma Debbie’s lasagna
15. If your mom were a character, who would she be? Phoebe from The Thundermans
16. What do you and your mom do together? Cuddle 
17. How are you and your mom different? We have different eye colors
18. How do you know your mom loves you? Cause you give me kisses at night and tuck me in
19. Where is your mom’s favorite place to go? Disney
20. How old was your Mom when you were born? In your 20’s…23
Happy Birthday Ben! We love you so so much.

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