A decade has gone by in the blink of an eye. And I don’t want to blink again because when I open my eyes another decade will have passed and my baby boy will have become a man.
Our children are only children for such a short amount of time….it very much makes my heart ache to think about it…how will I ever let them grow up?
As Simon’s birthday approached this year my husband and I did a lot of talking. We really wanted to make his birthday special…but as always money is tight…how were we going to celebrate and make him feel important and loved without being able to buy him things like ipads? (Such things are a big deal to 10 year olds.)
So we thought and we talked and we thought and finally we came up with a plan.
We are calling this week “Simon Week” (You know…like Shark Week…alright, anyways…) and everyday this week we are doing something special for Simon.
Here’s the plan:
MONDAY: Let him stay up past bedtime and watch a show of his choice from Netflix.
TUESDAY: He gets to choose what we have for dinner.
WEDNESDAY: He gets to eat chocolate donuts for breakfast.
THURSDAY: We will have a campfire in the fire pit in the back yard. And play his favorite fire pit game…”Will it Burn?”
FRIDAY: He gets to go camping with just his dad on an overnighter.
I know…it’s not extravagant or mind blowing…but it’s our plan none the less…and yesterday we put the plan into effect. Simon got a card at dinner time with the plan written in it. And guess what? He loved it.
He loved it even more when his sisters had to go to bed and he got to stay up with my husband and I and watch one of his Tornado documentaries while we all ate chips and salsa.
It was a great night. And he went to bed happy.
It’s no ipad, that’s for sure…but he went to bed happy. And we had one on one time with our boy. Tomorrow he gets to pick dinner and he already put in his order….spaghetti. Again, it’s no ipad…but he’s happy.
This may be the last time we can do something like this with our Simon…he will be 11 next year after all….but until then we are going to enjoy the week…and save up for next year!
PS: Two things so that you don’t think we are the worlds worst parents (even if we are)—-#1. We watch Simon carefully while he conducts his “Will it Burn?” fire pit “game” and make sure he doesn’t put anything dangerous into the fire….and #2. We are still getting Simon a few small gifts for his birthday…so he isn’t condemned to only just spaghetti and chocolate donuts….although I’d settle for spaghetti and chocolate donuts….yuuummmm…..chocolate donuts….