As all of you know Malakai is an only child. Eric and I have strived to help him not act like the typical spoiled brat only child. You know...the only everyone hates in Highschool because he gets whatever he wants and has no concern for the people around him...
We have focused on getting him involved in events (church, preschool, basketball, Tae Kwon Do) with other kids. Trying to teach him that there are other people in this world and he doesn't always come first. Everyday it is a struggle, but with God's help, we will succeed! With all that being said, Eric and I decided that we thought it was time for him to start being able to invite friends from church and school over and/or to go places with us.
Last week we were watching TV and an ad for "Escape From Planet Earth" came on. Malakai brought up the idea of going to see it (more like "Mom I need to go see that!") Then much to his surprise we asked him if he wanted to bring a friend. His eyes lit up! After much discussion, we let him invite 2 of his friends at school (Gus and Miles). After contacting the parents, unfortunately Miles wasn't able to go.
Gus and Malakai have been in the same class for almost a year now and they were also in the same small group within the class. I'm actually sure Malakai knew how to spell Gus' name before his own!
They were so excited to be going to the movies with each other!
After the movie Eric and I got a chance to chat with Gus' parents while the boys played in the lobby. They are hilarious together! They did the typical happy playing, to pretend fighting, to one of the getting punched, to both of them ending up in tears and all the way back to playing again! They can make a game out of almost anything! Both sets of parents agreed that we will have to do this again!! Next time we don't have to actually go watch a movie, just show up and let them play in the lobby!
This is such a fun stage of his life! Seeing him interact with the world around him and watching all the things Eric and I have taught him come out is amazing. It is that moment when you think to yourself "He gets it!" I love when we are out and about and he notices some one from church or school. He always wants to say Hi! Or when he asks for something and says "Please" and "Thank you" without being prompted! He even told an elderly lady that she is suppose to hold the door for people! (We are working on the respecting your elders!)
I am so glad I was inspired to re-start the blog again! I just love being able to go back and see all the things that I had forgot about!