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Willis is 9

Our boy turns 9 tomorrow and is he ever in for some celebrating!  Today we will be hosting a party for his classmates in the afternoon- a pool party, granted it always rains when I plan outdoor parties for Willis, so we do have a backup just in case.  And then tonight we host our family for supper and hopefully some more backyard fun.  But that's not all- tonight Willis will be unwrapping a surprise'll have to come back Monday to see the reveal.

9 sounds quite old and really, it has gone by rather quickly.  In fact, do this one more time and it will be me sending my little man off to whatever adventures he chooses after high school.


Let's not go there.

Instead, I'd rather think about the wonderfully sweet and sincere young man he's becoming.  He has a special place in his heart for his family, especially his young cousins- he is going to be a great babysitter one day.  He loves texting with his grandparents and aunts and uncles- even if he often only gives them one-worded answers or random facts about the Pokémon he caught.  He is curious and a quick learner and still loves his Math.  Even in the summer.  He is strong and athletic and quite muscly but still can't beat me at an arm wrestle, even though he says he can.  He's a great help around the yard but also likes to have fun- and by fun I mean he would much rather jump on the trampoline than weed or pick peas.

Huh. That sentence could have been interesting had I worded it the other way- rather jump on the trampoline than pea or pick weed.    ANNNNNYWAY.

He is currently level 7 on Pokémon Go and just caught a Weedle this morning, must be because he was doing that instead of weeding and that sneaky Weedle was hiding in the weeds.  He's stubborn and likes to be right and will argue non stop just to prove a point  (insert me rolling my eyes here).  Willis and Lucia have been best friends this summer, playing together non stop with the occasional fight.  But mostly it's just Lucy punching Willis.

In all honesty, he is a beautiful little boy who is way too quickly morphing into a little man and I feel blessed to call him mine.

Take a look at his past year with me as we celebrate our Willis Jules.

Willis9 from Dee on Vimeo.


  1. I hope he has that best birthday and hopefully it doesn't rain!

  2. Living on Cloud Nine04 August, 2016 23:00

    The absolutely most precious video and tribute to Willis that has me bawling over here! Man, has that boy had some wonderful cakes, the alligator was so stinking cute! Is he ever always a whiz on the keyboard and the piano keys, what a fun and talented young man you're raising Deena!!!! Happy Birthday sweet boy!!

  3. Double digits next year. Wow. Happy birthday Willis!

  4. What a beautiful video! Love how you went back through all the birthdays to THE birth day. Willis is a special kid. Happy birthday Willis!!!

  5. What a sweet tribute for a sweet boy! Joyeux anniversaire, Willis!

  6. Happy birthday little dude!!!

  7. Oh my goodness, Happy, Happy Birthday! So sweet and I can't wait to see what he got on Monday!

  8. Happy birthday, Willis. Can't wait for the birthday reveal. Enjoy your day.

  9. Katie Mitchell05 August, 2016 23:41

    Happy Happy Birthday Willis!! So freaking exciting!! Hope you all have a great weekend!!!

  10. What a sweet video! Happy Birthday to Willis!

    Doused In Pink

  11. What a sweet post! Happy birthday to your son! :) Hope the weather holds out for the pool party!

    Away From The Blue Blog


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