Monday, January 26, 2009

Baby, don't grow up! Carson's 7th Birthday

I can't believe my baby is 7! There is nothing like having a newborn around to remind you how un-little your other kids are. Was it really 7 years ago that we welcomed little Carson into the world? Seriously, 7 years? No way. It just wasn't that long ago when we were lovin on this little guy:

But somehow he is now 7. And with his age comes independence. He can actually DO things by himself: read, get a snack, play outside, hold the baby, work the remote, build the longest train track, do chores, have a real conversation, make up stories, and work for hours on all his art projects (picture me, taking a deep breath trying not to freak out about all the little cut up pieces of paper...after all, it's just little pieces of paper!). While it is sad to see his innocence slowly go, it is fun to watch him grow up, discover new things, and develop his talents. I have to remind myself every now and then, that he is still a little kid. I think you tend to expect more out of your oldest (I was the oldest in my family so I can say that ;-))...but seven is still only seven...he can't fend for himself entirely, nor do I want him to. We'll eek out as much of his youth as possible! We love him, he's really a good kid.

I almost shed a tear when he wanted just a 'normal' birthday party (aka ... no birthday party theme). But a few days later he changed his mind and decided on a Pirates of the Caribbean party. Yes! So bring on the pirate gear...we had eye patches and bandannas, fake earrings. The kids painted pirate treasure boxes, went on a treasure hunt around the house (and yes, I actually created rhyming clues that took the kids all over the house...that about maxed out my creativity skills for the next 6 months), played 'cannon ball pop' (popping balloons to get out the money hidden inside) and 'dead man's tunnel' (a relay race) and finished up with a pinata, cake, and presents. All in a crazy hour and a half. He had a great time with his friends.

Isn't it hard watching your kids grow up? I know there are those of you out there that have teenagers or college students thinking, "It was forever ago when I had a seven year old!"...and I know that will be me in just a few short years. So, lately I am just trying to BE with my kids ... and really try hard to let some things go. I know there will be a time when I wish I had a boy who cut up little pieces of paper and accidentally gets marker on the table because I will miss this:


Andee (+ Kelly) 6:59 AM  

Happy Birthday Carson! I bet you were excited when he changed his mind about the party! Themes are so much better! I can't believe how big he is getting! Crazy!

Hilary 8:29 AM  

I hate kids growing up too.

Dan and Anne 8:47 AM  

Love it! His party looked like a blast! I still can't believe he is 7... I remember when we all used to fight over who got to hold him and watch him. Time does fly by! I still can't believe that Beckett has been around for almost a year, incredible!

chris...reese...paige 12:33 PM  

Totally teared up about missing the paper scraps on the floor and the cute colored pictures...I think you have the right perspective. What a big boy. Can't believe it was 7 yrs ago either. Way to be the super mom on the never know how many more you will get!!

Stutz Family 1:34 PM  

And I think it's crazy that Brody is two :) What a cute bunch of kids you have! And your pictures before of Rylan and Carson definitely look alike!

TiAnn, Paul, Kalispell, and Brinnley Finn 3:43 PM  

Carson is such a cutie, and it is just crazy how time seems to fly by. What a super fun pirate party, Carson has some cool parents! Happy B-day Carson!

Tina 8:19 PM  

Seven years already? It doesn't seem that long...I remember sitting next to you guys in church when he was a baby. Time goes too fast!

Erik & Marcie +2 8:55 PM  

Trevor Pettingill! You may not remember me, but I know you will remember my sister, Megan Hill? I'm her little sis Marcie. Anyway, I remember you, who doesn't? :) We're in the Seattle area too! Renton to be exact. Your kids are so adorable! So your name comes up every now and then in our house because my sis-in-law ran the St. George marathon the same year you did once and you won. Amazing! Anyway, looks like you really married up, your wife is beautiful! :) Ha ha Glad to see you are doing well! Megan will be so excited!

Onjali and Todd 10:56 PM  

what a fun birthday! Todd and I are a little behind, we still have Christmas presents we haven't sent! but I did put a card in the mail for Carson yesterday, so hopefully it should get to you in a couple of days.

Carmen Goetschius 8:13 PM  

This is a beautiful post Shell. Really. Happy Birthday darling Carson! Love, the other Car

Becca, Bryce, Ty and Caden 4:31 PM  

Thanks for inviting us! The boys had a great time! Hope you're having a blast in UT!

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