Friday, February 15, 2013

Lego's are great and Harbin is 8

This year was kind of cool because Harbin's birthday fell on a 4 day holiday weekend for the Gwinnett County Schools. Even though we home school, Scott, as well as many of Harbin's friends have to follow the school calendar, so it's always a plus when it works to our advantage. Harbin wanted a Lego birthday this year and because of sketchy weather predictions, we rented out mom's neighborhood clubhouse to host the event. A few days before the party, we went to the Lego store and bought a box of 650 various Lego pieces so we could have some Lego creating/building competitions at the party. Thanks to Pinterest I had some great ideas for a cake and for Lego themed plates. The party was a huge success with many friends from co-op and church attending. We let the older boys (you know the ones who are teenagers and playing with Lego's isn't cool unless you just HAVE to because you're helping a younger kid) take over each of the four groups. Harbin played a round in each group because, of course, each of his friends wanted to play with him. The game was simple- I called out an object, like "cheeseburger" and the kids had to build it with the cup of random Legos they were given. It was so cute to see what the kids could come up with. Their creativity is amazing! And, in keeping with the party, the last thing they had to build was a birthday cake. Harbin has really become quite the kid this year. He is majorly into fitness like his dad and can show up about anyone with his push ups and sit ups. He competed in his first 5K this past year and spent much of cross country season running with Scott and the high schoolers. He's about to start Lacrosse this spring and I know that he will commit to it all-in like he does with everything. He still enjoys reading and I keep trying to find new ways to challenge him. He's reading 3rd grade books from our homeschool curriculum and they are still too easy for him. He finishes his school assignments in no time flat and is a whiz at math. I guess maybe next year, I'll start giving him SAT prep work- haha!! We've seen a little division between him and his sisters this year. I know he's a boy and it's a house full of girls and I can't expect him to get along with them all the time, but this year I think we're just seeing a difference in age. He enjoys playing with them, but he also enjoys time with dad and the "big boys" at the field. We're really proud of how much Harbin is dedicated to anything he does. Whether it's school, sports, yardwork, or physical fitness, he always gives it 100% and that's the most we can ask of him. He is growing into a fine young man and we are excited to see what the next few years bring! Happy Birthday, Harbin! Love Mom and Dad

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