Isaac told a friend, "Eighth birthdays are the best if you are a Mormon." I am glad after a month has elapsed Isaac's eighth birthday lived up to his expectations. It is a little bit difficult to keep the level of excitement up on non-party years.
The eight-year old celebration kicked off with an outing for Isaac, his brothers, and his friend Jed to Monkey Mountain in Park City, an indoor playground. It was kind of a flop. He had been there once for a birthday party when he was in kindergarten, but he seems to have outgrown it since. They had at least a half an hour of fun before they got bored though.
On Friday, the 5th, Isaac went out for a birthday dinner with mom and dad. We went to The Garden restaurant overlooking Temple Square. He ordered a cheeseburger and fries, and we had to try the fried dill pickles as well.
After dinner we spent some time wandering around Temple Square. One of the things I love about Isaac is his love of exploring new places. Museums and visitors centers are always more enjoyable, for me at least, with a kid who is always wanting to see and learn more, contrary to asking when we can go home. We found this replica of the temple sign with some dates significant to Isaac inscribed upon it.
We celebrated Isaac's actual birthday with cake and some neighborhood friends. He wanted a dinosaur cake and this is what Dave came up with. Isaac was thrilled, and the 8 in sprinkles set the standard for all future Sullivan family cakes.
As Isaac is eight and a Mormon, he was baptized the following week into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Many wonderful family and friends came to show him their support. Thank you everyone who was there!
Isaac is a great kid! We are so blessed to be his parents, and are continually challenged by his spunk, his strong will, and his bright mind. Here are a few things make Isaac wonderful:
- We love his love for life. It exudes from him. He loves discovering all that this world has to offer.
- He is stubbornly independent. An example: I kept beating him in a game. He asked me to show him how to win, so I said we could play once on the same team, but even though he professed to wanting me to show him what to do he could not stand to do what I told him, he kept following his own ideas anyway.
- He loves a good joke, especially a good play on words. ("The cluck's chicken dad," instead of "The clock's tickin.'"was one today.)
- He is an off the charts reader. He scored 160 words per minute on his reading test at school. I am always amazed that he can comprehend at that speed. His favorites are Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Big Nate, and Harry Potter, and has been on a Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mystery kick lately. He has read quite a bit of the Book of Mormon on his own and can explain to me each chapter.
- He still has an infectious smile and a talent for making people like him.
- He recently drew me a diagram of his brain. The greatest real estate was devoted to getting a DS, the next greatest sections were meteors, astroids, and zombies. Friends came next, then ski camp, followed by karate. The teeniest part, the size of a pin head, he told me was devoted to sleep. With so many big ideas crowding his head how can a boy possibly sleep?
- He has the gift of gab, a mighty challenge to his teachers at school and at church.
- He is super excited to be a scout. The activity book is filling part of his need to be working on a project.
- He plans on majoring in biology one day in college, though geology, paleontology, chemistry, and astronomy must also be in the running.
- He takes good care of his cat that he bought two years ago, but if anyone is interested he would be willing to part with Gilbert for $30.99 to go towards his future DS purchase.
- Isaac is constantly a challenge for us to parent. Sometimes the battles between us are exhausting, but we believe that Isaac's strong will and ideas are also his greatest strengths and Isaac is going to do something amazing with his life.