Celebrating Justin

Justin was very aware that he was turning five on March 10th, which was cute to see. I still can’t quite digest the fact that my son is now old enough for kindergarten. He can read extremely well now (his favorite book right now is The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss), he loves to learn and he has a mind like a steep trap. Currently his favorite things to do are play bowling on the Wii and play virtually anything on his iPod Touch, but he seems OK with the limits we’ve imposed on those. I’m afraid I have another geek in training. Sigh…

We had his birthday party a couple days ago — we did a Cars theme, since he’s seen that movie at least 40 times in the last two months and can’t seem to get enough. I wondered how he’d react to a house full of kids playing with his stuff, but he did just fine. Last week he asked me if we could play pin-the-nose-on-Elmo again, like we did last year (this kid remembers everything!) so I had a pin-the-wheel-on-McQueen game planned, but he couldn’t have cared less. On the other hand, the simple road puzzle I made out of cardboard was a surprise hit. You just never know.

This is the second week of spring break and it hasn’t been as tough as I thought it would be to fill the time. Still, I’ll be glad to get back to routine (I’m big on routines, but then so are my kids, so I guess that’s OK). Next up is Easter, then Brayden’s birthday, and then…six weeks from today Chris and I are off on our Mediterranean cruise. Sometimes it occurs to me that it’s sort of insane to spend a whole year waiting for a two-week holiday, but anticipation can really keep you going. I think it’s important to have something to look forward to. And God knows I’m looking forward to this!