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How we celebrated

Friday was an eventful day.  A day full of sunshine and joy, family and friends, swimming, frisbee, trampoline bouncing and cake.  I loved seeing Willis in his element with his buddies from school and am kinda in awe at how loud 7 boys can be.  We did get sunshine so a good 2.5 hours were spent in the pool.  After that, family and familyfriends came over for pizza and more swimming.  Willis was giddy all day and felt so happy and loved.

Highlights of the day for me:

1- playing frisbee with my Dad and Willis

2- Lifeguarding on my hill while the kids swam...who knew 15 golf balls in a pool could keep kids entertained for that long.   Also...can you see our monster corn in the background??!!!

3- Willis was really huggy and grateful with his presents this year and I really loved seeing him express that.

4- We surprised him with tickets to 2 Jays games (and obviously a trip to Toronto..which if you are a reader from afar, that's a 3 hour flight from here).  I had wrapped the tickets in his new slippers and he just casually tossed the tickets aside while he went after the padraigs.  My Dad had to prompt him to maybe look at the papers and read them and it took him a really long time to figure it out.  I really don't think he got it until we told him he was going to Toronto the next morning.  Once  that sunk in, he was giddy and smiley and goofy and for a moment pissed that he couldn't Pokémon hunt in Saskatoon on his bday....then he figured out we'd be doing that in Toronto instead.

About 30 minutes later, after he finished dancing around the room...he started crying.  And he cried for a good hour because he was "just so happy"....the best part was the hugs that came with.  Not gonna lie, we all had tears in our eyes too.  What a sweet boy.  Lucia, on the other hand, was pissed that we were going to watch ball because "I told my head last time that I wouldn't go to a game again"....but then she got really happy and I'm sure will enjoy herself too.

Another one in the books and man, do I ever feel grateful for this little birthday boy and all the joy he brings to so many people.  Here's a quick look at the present reveal and his initial confusion:

Willsbdayreveal from Dee on Vimeo.

I'll tell you all about our trip to Toronto on Friday...


  1. You seriously live in the prettiest place. Can't get over your view! And I love how deep and blue that pool is! :)


  2. Great reaction! So nice to have it on video. Enjoy the game today!

  3. Oh what a precious post! He sounds like a keeper:) Definitely know how loud 7 boys can be- but it sure did sound like fun! What a sweet gift, and love how appreciative he is. I can only imagine how special of a moment that was for your family!

  4. So fun! Glad you had sunshine for the day. Can't wait to hear all about it!

  5. Oh my word that is just the sweetest. That photo of him all teary eyed and you hugging him made this mama's heart well up and I may or may not have teared up myself.

  6. Love his reaction and even more so after meeting the sweetheart! Lucia will have me, her new buddy, to hang with at the game tomorrow night 🤗

  7. I have tears in my eyes, just looking at the pictures, so stinking cute. You are the best Mama.

  8. Living on Cloud Nine08 August, 2016 11:12

    Priceless!!! Have a ball!!

  9. Awww, such a sweet little guy! You guys gave him an amazing day! :)

    Le Stylo Rouge

  10. So good and so quick to say thank you. Precious birthday boy.

  11. It's quiet and very pretty indeed!

  12. it's neat how just a simple, heartfelt thank you can be one of the greatest gifts, isn't it?

  13. Putting the post(s) together right now

  14. they are still talking about you....


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