August and September is birthday season in our family- more birthdays in these two months than the others, although December comes close. Today was my sister’s turn. We had a birthday dinner with my niece and her husband and two of my great-nephews. Even though it was my sister’s day, the boys stole the show.
Josh just started fifth grade this week. He waxed nostalgic for the good old days of fourth grade and bemoaned his fate of now being a fifth grader. In fourth grade, days flew by. Class would start and when you looked at the clock, it would be 11:00 already, almost lunch time. In fifth grade, you have to stave until the 1:15 lunch time. In fourth grade, his teacher was younger and perkier. His fifth grade teacher is OLD…at least forty! And her husband is ancient, probably in his fifties. Their son just graduated college and is moving to New York, which his teacher just can’t understand- she says Indiana is good enough. Apparently this story is very boring to fifth graders. And to top it off, she keeps calling Josh by the wrong name- Jordan, Jason, Jayden- every J but Josh. Today she said she was going to give him a penny every time she got his name wrong. Josh said when she told him that, he paused just right and with perfect timing, responded “I’ll be rich by the end of the year.” The teacher cracked up. He made a nickel today.
Almost two years old, Jaxson seems to have grown by leaps and bounds since the last time I saw him (just a few weeks ago). His vocabulary is increasing, and his words are more clear- though a lot still require translation by his mama, daddy, big bro, or nana. He has outgrown the smacking sound and kisses thrown out into the air. Now he makes fish lips and demands the real thing. He handed his plate to the waitress when he finished his food and waved goodbye to her when she carried it away. No more sippy cup. He gets a kid-sized cup of water with a straw and with great concentration takes sips and takes the straw out and puts it back over and over.
My sister has been a huge part of their lives since the moment they were born. She cannot imagine being a long-distance grandma. On her birthday and every day, they are her best gifts- well, next to their mama, who still is her baby girl.
Happy Birthday, dear sister!