Birthday Boy

August 24, 2007 at 2:58 pm 3 comments

Last Thursday, Marcus turned eight. Wow… eight. He’s now allowed to be without a booster seat in the car, which is good because we need the space in the backseat when we carpool. There isn’t much by way of public transportation here in Winston Salem, so I spend a lot of my time during the school year being a driver. Moms here carpool in order to save on the number of trips we make a day, and to save on gas (petrol). There’s a whole language here that didn’t make sense to me until Marcus started school. By being involved in carpools, I’ve learned about “pick ups,” “drop offs,” “crosswalks,” “cones,” “ferryboat method,” and “carpool lines.”

Back to Marcus’ birthday. We brought him to a place in nearby Greensboro called “Celebration Station.” He got to ride on a kid’s go cart, water boat, hit balls in a “batting cage,” play mini golf and play with arcade games. I’m just glad I didn’t have to go on the water boat, because when you’re taller than the other kids, you’re a prime target (and a sitting duck) for water squirting. We had dinner with friends and they sang “happy birthday” to Marcus in Spanish, three different ways. I don’t think he knew what to do with all that serenading! Here are some pictures of his day:


Entry filed under: Daily life.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. leen  |  August 26, 2007 at 7:24 am

    alix: who’s that?
    m: your cousin Marcus
    m: you like marcus?
    a: yes!
    m: it’s marcus’s birthday
    a: birthday? [pointing at photo of marcus in the helmet]is that ko ko shane
    m: looks like your ko ko, but that’s marcus

    Happy eighth birthday Marcus!

  • 2. wchan28  |  August 29, 2007 at 9:58 pm

    Leen, that was Matthew with the helmet. Don’t you think he’s starting to look a little bit like gu je (auntie janet)?

  • 3. carrie  |  August 31, 2007 at 4:46 pm

    Actually i thought matthew looked a lot like shane. Not like gu je at all.


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