Ian has become a foodie! He now becomes offended when the host at a restaurant sees him and offers the kids menu. He loves to try new foods and follows "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives" on the Food Network. He actually enjoys all the cooking shows. Ian was fortunate to have experienced a restaurant that was featured by Guy Fieri in Philadelphia over Winter Break. My uncle took him to Nick's Original Roast Beef. Ian still raves about the roast beef sandwich he ate. It's fun watching Ian eat all the food I wouldn't dream of trying.
This year Ian has taken responsibility for making his own breakfast and lunch. It is interesting to see what Ian puts together for his lunch. Most mornings he'll make himself scrambled eggs or oatmeal. And in a wonderful act of kindness, Ian will make my GF oatmeal for me to have for breakfast. We will watch The Today Show in the morning before school and make comments on the stories. I love this! One of the stories they recently featured was of the 65 year old woman who gave birth to quadruplets, making her now a mom to 13 kids. OMG! Ian and I are watching this story and all Ian could do was say, "Those babies could live with her in the retirement home." How witty!!
Ian's love of reading continues to amaze us. I was most impressed that he read all the Hunger Games trilogy books. He reads books at an incredibly fast rate and has kept up with all the new releases on the following series: I Survived..., Big Nate, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Little League, and many other books written by his favorite authors. Even with all the reading, Ian still finds time to play his Xbox One. I think if you ask him, getting this video game system for Hanukkah was the high point of his year. Ian has a love of history that has to come from Jeff. His memory for dates, facts and figures has him resemble a walking encyclopedia.
Braces happened in December! It has completely transformed Ian's face. He looks so much older with the shiny metal peeking out of his smile. And somewhere along the year, Ian lost his baby face and cheeks. He has gotten noticeably taller, lost his belly and looks like he is ready to be a tween. Ian's hair has taken on a life of its own. Ian doesn't want to cut it, so it keeps growing and growing (and growing). I joke with him if we are ever lacking a mop, we can turn him upside down and use all that hair to clean up what we need to.
|Check out this hair! Oh my!!!|
I sometimes can't believe Ian is 10.
|Ian with braces!|
Ian picked the violin to play as his string instrument for school. Jeff and I are amazed at how quickly he has learned to play. He loves to give impromptu concerts for anyone who stops by the house or relatives we skype with. Sometimes he'll serenade me in the kitchen as I'm making dinner. Unfortunately this makes me feel like I am on the titanic as the ship is sinking and the musicians won't stop playing. But it's so cool to listen to Ian play an instrument. Jeff and I don't have a musical bone in our body and fortunately that seems to have skipped a generation.
Ian is growing into the most awesome person. I love being his mom. He is funny, kind, compassionate, and smart. Let's not forget, he has wonderful manners.
Happy 10th birthday to my fabulous son! May this year bring you amazing days and wonderful new experiences. I love you to the moon and back.
|1st day of 4th grade!|
|Last Summer when Ian still had his cheeks.|
|The taller, slimmed down, older version of Ian. Still adorable!|