Happy Birthday Jack! We can’t believe Jack is already 6! Austin was reflecting yesterday, January 28th, upon Jack’s birth and the last 6 years with him as his little brother. Time does go by so quickly!
Jack invited 3 of his good friends from school to share in his birthday celebration. Mattias, Nathan, and Hector came. I was so excited to have these cute french children in our home and I was more surprised at how well behaved they were. The children were all very mild tempered, even though they were cracking jokes and being silly little boys! They all sat politely around the table, ate their food while engaging in conversation. None of the boys got up from the table until they were told they could. They politely and excitedly watched as Jack opened his presents. Their excitement FOR Jack was incredible! I was very impressed with their manners. I don’t think I have ever experienced this with children in the States. Don’t get me wrong, American children are polite, but they can be more hyper and spoiled. It was a very interesting observation for me. Aaron and I both noticed it and commented on how pleasant it was to have these 4 boys all playing together. The French children were so content with swinging on the swing set, playing a few games, etc. They did not need anything over stimulating, which is what a lot of Americans usually plan and feel obligated to do. It was a very relaxed atmosphere, which was so different from birthday parties in the States. It might be, too, that I have not thrown a 6 year old party in a long time. I am used to the older children that require a little more imagination, planning and execution.
Whatever the case is, it was a wonderful relaxing afternoon for Jack’s birthday! He chose the menu: ham and butter sandwiches on baguette, carrots, pringles, schwepps, pickles, yogurts and finally “death by chocolate” for his dessert of choice. Jack really wanted a power ranger theme but Aaron and I could not find anything party related in the stores here. The closest thing we found was mutant ninja turtles. Jack was thrilled and thought it was all cool. We love that boy!!! He had a smile from ear to ear all day!
I was in heaven as I eavesdropped on Jack playing and talking with his friends in French. I was floored because he doesn’t speak very much French at home and we have been worried that he isn’t speak much at school. BUT, I was shocked listening to him carry on conversations, saying french expressions, just talking like french was his native tongue! I had a prayer of gratitude in my heart for this amazing opportunity our family is having! I felt like I needed to pinch myself to see if it was all real. It was and is exciting for me!
I am including all the photos we took because I want to remember these moments for a long time!!
Nathan, Jack, Hector and Mattias