Last week, Simon turned 13.
I've been sharing his stories in this space since he was 2 years old. I've shared stories of challenges and stories of successes because that's what it's all about isn't it?
Celebrating all of it: lessons learned, things overcome and the wonderful joy of being together.
Our own little modern family gathered to celebrate him on his actual birthday at the restaurant of his choice (Twin Dragon for MarFar Chicken) because he is so very loved.
He's not a fan of the signing so much.
But he does love making a wish and blowing out the candles.
And yes, Anna can't wait until it's her birthday in a few weeks.
It was a birthday that featured many new Lego sets because that continues to be one of his main loves (seen above photographing some of his new sets).
He's also really into mysteries and the classic movie Clue. He's spent a good deal of time transcribing the screenplay recently.
On Sunday he had a friend party here at my house.
The plan was to watch Clue, eat pizza and Doritos and Skittles and cake. Because that's what he wanted.
Three boys from his class were able to come - two we've know since kindergarten. They are all in Simon's program at school and it was so, so awesome to have them here and watch them interact and chat and laugh and explain things to each other.
They ended up playing Super Mario on the Wii (all four together at the same time) for a bit in the beginning before starting the movie.
I don't think there are enough words available for me to express how these moments of positive social interaction with peers make my heart sing.
Chris and I stood in the kitchen listening and smiling at each other and commenting in hushed voices about how it was going.
It went really, really well.
Chocolate cake. Standard.
Lego mini-figures were shared.
It was a really good day.
Hey Simon -
You are a really good dude.
No matter what we are always, always on your team and we will love you forever and ever.
I'm so proud to be your Mom.