The past two months Brandon has had a lot of first, which means I have also had a lot of firsts. Brandon started kindergarten! This was a big deal! He is in the dual immersion Spanish program, which means half of his class speaks Spanish as their first language, and half of his day is spent completely immersed in Spanish, teacher, classroom, students, everything in Spanish. He was a little nervous at first, but then, while at the open house, he saw how many of his friends from church and preschool were going to be in his class and he wasn't scared anymore.Rachel is one of his very best friends. :)
I gave Brandon an Imagenex Castle, which he was excited about, but he wanted to know where the dragon was that goes with it. Fortunately his last present was from Jared and it was the dragon. :) He had his eye on both the castle and the dragon for several months and hoped to get it for Christmas, but I was not convinced it would be a good gift so I put it off, after months of asking for it, we decided to get it for him for his birthday. I am so glad we did. After opening presents we went to his second soccer game and then came straight home to play with the toys again. We had plans to go to a dinosaur museum, or some other fun place, since we were not doing a friend birthday party this year, but Brandon was so engaged with his castle and dragon, we couldn't tear him away from it, and why should we. He was so happy with his toy.
Some fun things about Brandon:
* He is a great friend. Jared and I are little amazed at how social and popular he is. I am also a bit exhausted with all of his play-dates. He is playing with someone nearly every hour of every day, usually 2-3 play-dates in one day. I am positively torturing him if I tell him it is a calm day with no play-dates. Some of his best friends right now are: Rachel, Jason, Blake, McKell, Kennedy, Bella, Antonio, Boston, Oliver, Oslo, Nicole, Elias, David, Brock and Cody. He has standing play-dates every Wednesday with Rachel, every Monday with Oslo, every Thursday with our ward play group, and weekly play dates with his carpool friends Jason, Blake and McKell.
*He is a lady's man. One of my good friends from my ward who works at the school as an aid to kindergarten refers to Brandon and his friends as Brandon and his little harem, because there are usually 4-10 little girls following Brandon all over the playground playing.
Funny story #1; on the second day of school I was asking Brandon all about how his day was and of course we came to recess. I asked him who he played with and he said Rachel, I asked what they played, and he said they were just running away from the other girls trying to be alone, I asked him why and he said he and Rachel wanted to go on a date, I wondered what they did on their date, and he replied, "oh nothing, just sat there". Then I heard from a few other mothers that their daughters were rather upset that Brandon would not play with them.
Funny story #2; during the summer a large mob of children were playing either at my house or one of the three houses across the street; pretty soon all the kids came running to me to tell me that Brandon and Eden had kissed, ON THE LIPS! They were amazed and shocked and it was a big deal to them, but I tried to down play and simply tell them not to do it again. Well they did, Two More Times!! I still down played it, I mean a kindergartener and a 2nd grader kissing (that right he was going for the older girl :)) didn't seem that big of a deal to me; in fact I completely forgot to mention it that night at family dinner. Then while we were having Family Home Evening that night on our front lawn one of our good friends (Brock's dad, and a big jokester) drove by, and stopped to tell us that their dinner conversation had revolved around Brandon kissing. Well Jared was surprised and very proud of Brandon. After a humorous chat, Pat left and Jared agreed that we should probably talk to Brandon about what is appropriate with regards to kissing. the conversation goes as follows. Jared - Brandon it is not okay to kiss until you are 12. Michelle - WHAT!?!?!, why 12? Jared - you know because when you are12 you start "going" with someone. Michelle - WHAT!?!?!? Pour Brandon was probably bewildered, and Jared and I were laughing a lot! So I pulled out The For The Strength of Youth Pamphlet and we read about dating (never thought I would need to read that with my then 5year old). Since then I am happy to say that Brandon has not kissed any more girls. :)
Last Funny Story; When I went to volunteer in Brandon's class a few weeks ago one of the girls, Macy, told me that she and Brandon we best friends and they needed to have a play date (not sure I can handle any more!) she then INSISTED that I write down her phone number so that I could call her mom and schedule a play date. Goodness sakes, really?! I have yet to call, because I don't trust it to be an accurate phone number, but now every time I go into his class room she is asking me when I am going to call.
*He adores baby's. If there is a baby in the room, he becomes very uninterested in other children and only wants to hold and take care of the baby. He is often very good at making them giggle and at entertaining them, but he starting to think he is big enough to pick up these helpless children, and they are less than enthusiastic about that. I am very hopeful that he will be a great and very helpful big brother when Trent is born, but I fear he is going to be a little "too helpful".
*He still LOVES animals! And he can tell you just about anything about them, if he has to stay home and not have a play date you will find him watching a nature show on TV, reading one of his many animal books, or playing with his vast collection of animals. He loves his dogs, even if they do not love him, and he loves all the neighbors dogs - however he will scream and run if a big dog surprises him and is running to him, we are working on that. :)
*He is becoming a great reader. He can blend, with encouragement any one vowel word, and he know nearly all of his sight words. It is such a joy to have him read to me, or to listen to him read to Jared when Jared gets home; but my favorite thing is how willing he is to sit down with a stack of books and "read" them to himself, or to watch him "read" stories to Grant. I am currently reading The Magic Tree-House series to him and Grant and they both love it, YEA!
*He loves fishing and spending time with his dad. I don't even want to count how many times we have gone fishing this summer and autumn. Jared and Brandon are in truth the only two fishing, but Grant and I do enjoy being their in the beautiful nature and watching. Brandon loves to hold the fish and release it when he or Jared catch one. Brandon loves his dad!! Boys night, fishing trips, grocery shopping outings, and watching nature shows are his favorite way to spend time with his dad.
*He is very good to remember hugs before he leaves anywhere, even if it means he has to turn back and walk (or ride his bike) back a few houses to give me hug. I am so grateful for this and hope he will always be willing to show love.
I love my Brandon boy, our little man, our BCB, toothless slipper foot, animal man, and big boy. I can't wait to see what growth and change comes to him in this next year; well maybe I can, it is bitter sweet, that's for sure.