His Best Day Ever

by Stefani on 22-May-2008

On this day, six years ago, I was in a hospital room, staring at a little towheaded, blue-eyed bundle wondering how on earth I deserved such blessing, and also how on earth all those recessive golden genes scraped by my (supposedly) dominant brown ones. 

My little boy turned six yesterday. 

My guy is, and has always been, golden. He's silly, optimistic, loving and creative. He makes up elaborate stories, populates his world with "dudes" (cool creatures that he imagines) and he builds lots of "contraptions". His room is a disaster, at all times. It's littered with cardboard tubes, masking tape, zip ties, bits and pieces of this and that, that are all very essential. He notices if any of it turns up missing. 

So, any good celebration of his big day had to include contraptions, dudes and his favorite people.

First stop, contraption heaven:

His Favorite "Contraption"

Krispy Kreme.

Krispy and Golden

What could be better than eating doughnuts and watching machines, I ask you? 

Then, after we were nice and sugared up, we did something that has been coming for a LONG time.

Meet the IG 10,000:

The IG 10,000 (Inspiration)

This is James' most favorite "dude." He comes from the planet Caspian (I think we must have been reading Prince Caspian when he decided this), which is "in like a whole different galaxy!" He has all sorts of powers. He can turn into a time machine and be invisible for example.

James has been drawing him on everything for a couple of months now and has BEGGED me to make him an IG 10,000 shirt.

 I would have obliged a long time ago, but he had some ideas about the finished product that I just couldn't wrap my head around.

He wanted it to "look like metal." How does one make fabric look like metal? I showed him lame (is that really how you spell it?) and he said it was too shiny, "it's not like Robot metal. It has to be ROBOT metal." 

So after Krispy Kreme, we went to the fabric store and pilfered through pile after pile of fabric until he settled on satin. Can I tell you how much I love a boy who gets excited about going to the fabric store on his birthday? A lot. 

Can I also tell you how much enjoyed it when we took our rolls of black and red satin to the cutting table? You should have seen the funny look on the shop lady's face when my guy told her that, "Mama's going to make me a REALLY cool shirt with this."

It actually DID turn out pretty cool, if we do say so:

IG 10,000 Shirt

I think I'm going to have to make another one though, because he refuses to take it off for washing. He spent half the day in it yesterday, slept in it, and wants to wear it again today. 

After making his shirt, we went shopping for party supplies (for Saturday), had cupcakes and pool time with our cousins,

Lounging Cousins

and got some WAY cool gifts from the grandparents who know him very well, Snap Circuits and Zoobs

We finished up the day with popcorn and a robot movie. 

When I tucked him in, way past bedtime (to his delight), he said it was his "best day ever." I told him that mine (at least one of them) happened about six years ago 🙂
Sarah Jackson May 22, 2008 at 9:54 am

Oh hooray!!! Happy happy birthday to the sweet boy and his loving mama. Sending huge hugs to both of you.

TD wool design May 22, 2008 at 9:59 am

i just got choked up at the last part 🙂
great shirt! lucky birthday boy!

Mama Urchin May 22, 2008 at 10:05 am

Sounds like a really good day to me!

amy May 22, 2008 at 10:28 am

ouch- right in the heart-
Lovely post -yr love shines right through my laptop 🙂

Sarah May 22, 2008 at 12:05 pm

Oh Hapde Burfday!

Tracy May 22, 2008 at 12:28 pm

Aw, he’s such a cutie. What a great day!

It amazes me sometimes how the golden blond comes out in the most unexpected places. I am one of those too, sort of. Blond, blue eyed, and from brown parents. Who knows?

Anna May 22, 2008 at 12:37 pm

so nice to have a ‘best days ever’. hope it helps even out some of the not-quite-yourself of the last post–if the glitter didn’t quite fully.

happymamaof3 May 22, 2008 at 12:44 pm

adorable , happy birthday to him! cute shirt , what a great momma you must be!

happymamaof3 May 22, 2008 at 12:45 pm

adorable , happy birthday to him! cute shirt , what a great momma you must be!

Anonymous May 22, 2008 at 2:07 pm

uau! it looks like you guys had fun…
hope you have many many best days ever little one:)

Eren May 22, 2008 at 5:47 pm

Oh James! Happy birthday “dude” from three other boys who love the fabric store as much as their mama does. Much love friends!

Maureen May 22, 2008 at 6:23 pm

Happy Birthday!!!

My daughter’s birthday was yesterday too! And MY best day ever was 17 years ago…

Great post.

Maureen May 22, 2008 at 6:23 pm

Happy Birthday!!!

My daughter’s birthday was yesterday too! And MY best day ever was 17 years ago…

Great post.

Maureen May 22, 2008 at 6:23 pm

Happy Birthday!!!

My daughter’s birthday was yesterday too! And MY best day ever was 17 years ago…

Great post.

erin May 23, 2008 at 4:24 am

Happy Birthday to James! It sounds like a perfect day. I love his shirt.

michele, FL May 23, 2008 at 4:58 am

My girls used to LOVE going to the Krispy Kreme here in FL. Ours closed down. We were all very sad, and when we pass by the abandoned building we play the “remember when” game. Looks like you had a fantastic day. Love the shirt!

Mariah May 23, 2008 at 5:22 am

what a great mom — krispy kreme and a super cool shirt and a party!

Thanks for sharing the sweet joys of your days.

And Happy Birthday to your boy.

Mandy May 23, 2008 at 5:45 am

Hard not to have the best day ever when you have the best mom ever! I mean Krispy Kremes and a robot shirt! What an awesome birthday.

3Wildtrout May 23, 2008 at 10:23 am

Happy Birthday! What an adorable day!

MadWoman May 23, 2008 at 10:27 am

Happy Birthday to your boy! My daughter is just weeks away from her 6th birthday and I am in denial.

What a wonderful day. I love the shirt. I want to go get krispy kremes for my b’day.

dianeinjapan May 23, 2008 at 11:26 pm

What a sweet day–and a great little shirt!

Relyn May 24, 2008 at 10:31 pm

Happy birthday to James!

You sure know how to show a guy a good time. What a terrific shirt. I think it’s fun that you saved the project for birthday. That made it even more special, I know.

My own precious girl is 6 and just finished Kindergarten. What a big milestone. I am so eager for our summer together. Maybe we will have to steal a page from your book and make Welcome To Summer t-shirts together. (We don’t have any cool dudes to use – yet.)

Kristi May 27, 2008 at 1:13 pm

Happy Birthday James!! What a great day! I am sorry I missed it, I thought it was today for some reason!! I really dig your new shirt!!

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