Jonathon turned 12 on Sunday, but in all respects is still a little kid. He loves to play video games and watch TV, wash the car and do crafts. He's helpful and strong-willed and can be quite loud, especially when fighting with his brother. He likes to cook and come up with his own recipes, swim, and work on his Warhammer characters. He's going into 7th grade and needs to be reminded to shower and that his shirt can't be worn for 3 days in a row, or his pants for that matter. He remembers absolutely everything whether he's seen it, heard it, or thought it. Right now he's playing a game called "Prison Architect" where the goal is to design a prison from the ground up, cells to jobs to shakedowns to plumbing. I'm sure he'll come up with something no one else has thought of and even if it makes no sense it just might work. His brain is definitely quicker than mine.
Birthdays in our house tend to take up more than a day. While gifts and cake are always on the Big Day, we try to spread the fun around. On his Big Day we went bowling at Mecca Mall, had milk shakes, and brought him to dinner at PF Changs. The following day we Skyped with the grandparents (or tried to, the connection was miserable). Yesterday we took our family and the neighbors to Climbat for indoor wall climbing. I still plan to take him to see Despicable Me 2 although I'd better hurry since movies don't linger long in Jordan.
It's not every day you turn 12, right?