to this:while I blinked.
But another part of me made my heart melt into a little puddle as I pondered the amazing young man he is becoming.
I looked down the row at him at church. He had a smile stretched across his face while he was listening to some story someone was talking about. His dimples on the corners of his mouth were deep and the sparkle in his eye was bright and I had a moment.
I caught a glimpse of his spirit. Oh how I love that boy.
Max is smart. He somehow finagled a two-day birthday. I mean, his birthday was on a Sunday, and a fast Sunday at that so he somehow sweet-talked us into all his favorite things on Saturday, no jobs, etc. and some serious special treatment on Sunday.
But we were sure happy to pamper him since it seems like he hasn't been home on his actual birthday in years. (Scout camps and sport camps always seem to be on June 3rd.)
On Saturday we had crepes for breakfast and Dave mowed the lawn for him and we went out to dinner:
Max's birthday tradition is to do something with water and it wasn't looking like it was going to happen so the girls tried to get him with water balloons.
He missed Dave too.
The night before, girls set up a treasure hunt for him to find his gifts (that's what happens when you have a bunch of sisters and their friends excited for your birthday).
We waited 'til after church for this one cause remember how that happens at 8:00 am?
I should have taken more pictures of the girls who were so delighted to watch him.
At the end of his trail of clues was the main gift: a little, tiny skateboard he's been eying for a while.
As per tradition, here are 15 reasons I adore this boy:
1) He is thankful. He thanks me like a bazillion times for everything I do for him.
2) He tries hard at things. He's put his heart into volleyball and you can watch him improve by the minute.
3) He gets super excited about things. His eyes bug out and he says "really???!!" when I tell him something new or exciting that is going to happen. Even if it's just that I made him a smoothie.
4) He takes good care of little kids. They love him and he eats it up.
5) He puts up with little kids. Mostly girls. Lots of them. Singing and bugging him all day long.
6) I asked Grace why she loves him so much and she said "he is ALWAYS happy."
That's a pretty good thing. Except, she must miss his face when she won't stop singing....
8) He's smart. He remembers things like no one I know.
9) He's not afraid to try new and hard things. I can't wait to post the pictures of him on the trek and tell about all the hard stuff he did there.
10) He is awesome at taking care of our yard. He's to the point where he notices trees and bushes that need to be trimmed and he does it on his own without being asked.
11) I love his slow, humble smile when one of his friends mention which girls like him.
12) I love how his eyes sparkle.
13) I love how he reads his scriptures and tries to develop his spiritual side. He really tries to make the kind of decisions Heavenly Father would be proud of.
14) He loves the food I make him and is so thankful for it. (He can eat more than anyone I know.)
15) He is becoming awesome at seeing what needs to be done and doing it.
He loves his cousins.
How great that we live close enough to them and some came down from Utah just in time to help celebrate.