Friday, January 13, 2012

You Are my Destiny and Nostalgia

Trin and I just finished playing "Just Dance", and the girl is creaming me!  I used to win her on every song, but somehow the tables have turned and she suddenly got GOOD.  I need to sneak and practice while she's at karate or something. 

This is hands-down my and Trin's favorite song to dance to on the game.  It is so high-energy and fun.  The original Jai Ho featured on "Slumdog Millionaire," but I like this version with the Pussycat Dolls much better.  The video leaves a little to be desired, especially with the blatantly obvious Nokia promotion at the beginning, but it's not too bad. 

Tomorrow Elijah turns eight years old.  This particular birthday really snuck up on me, because he's still such a scrawny little guy with this little pip-squeak voice.  I can't seem to stop viewing him as a five-year-old.  I know it's cliche, but Elijah's birthdays always give me relentless waves of nostalgia.  I just love him so much.  I love cuddling with him, and I love the way he pummels me with bear hugs the second I come home from work.  I love how hilariously witty he is every single day.  He brings so much laughter and joy into my life, and it scares me sometimes how quickly these moments are speeding by.

For his birthday tomorrow, we're taking him to a snow-tubing park up in Lake Arrowhead.  One of his favorite places to go to is Knott's Soak City, but we can never take him there for his birthday since it's in January.  So we decided that the tubing park would be a good winter alternative.  Same concept (either way, you're sliding down on inner-tubes), but the former has slides while the latter has hills.

For dinner, we're taking him to his favorite restaurant: IHOP.  Shan and Jer will be there too, along with Carey and Teri, my mom and dad, and a whole bunch of kids.   

I got interrupted in sort of a funny way (too long of a story to share right now though), but now I'm back.  Of course, now it's almost 11:30, and we're getting up early for our snow-tubing adventure tomorrow, so I guess I'm done after all.


  1. Aw, happy birthday to your little guy. Sometimes it's so surreal that you and Shannon have kids that either are, or are approaching, the age we were when we met. It's crazy to think you have 10, or 12, or older kids. It's absolutely insane, but maybe I can't imagine it because I don't have kids. Anyway, I hope you have a nice day snow-tubing.

  2. Wow. I never thought about that Kristyn. It DOES seem crazy. My neice Cass is a freshman in high school now, which is right around the time that we met each other. And Trin turns 12 this spring.

    Okay, thinking about this is making my head hurt now. LOL

  3. Happy Birthday, Elijah! I saw the pics on FB; he is so cute! Enjoy every minute with the little guy! You know me well and know how things are different with my little teenager and me. The love is there, that never goes, but they are not quite as willing to cuddle anymore. Really cherish these years.

    I love that song. I have it on my iPod for walking (the original).

    Have a wonderful time in the snow!

  4. I know Niecy, but luckily you've raised a wonderful son who has so many other ways to show his love and affection for you. But yes, I plan on smothering my little guy with affection as long as I can, until he's finally hollering out "Mooooooommmmmmm!" in that horrified voice. Then I guess it will be time to stop. :)


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