Friday, September 24, 2021

Mateo is TEN Years Old

Well, it happened, I have tenured this parenting job. Mateo Turned TEN the other day (September 20th).  The day started out as all other birthdays...too early (notice it is dark) because someone was excited for presents. 

Los hermanos were right there too. 
They are always there for present moral support.

Since Mateo's birthday fell on a week day, we decided to invite his friends to one of his favorite places to hang out, Brook Run Skatepark .  That Friday after school. I loaded up the van after school and let them loose! 
It's a great place to have a party!  No entertainment planning or games needed.  They rode scooters, ran around and got worn out.  I did get cupcakes and order pizza/drinks, so they were in and out of the "garage".  Everyone had a blast and Mateo thanked me afterward saying it was perfect party.

He was so glad his friends made it. Ashton, Warren, Santiago, Bohdi, Diego, Zoey, Paloma and Marcelo.
It was a great group!

For his birthday dinner we brought Ashton and Zoey with us to Krog Street where we met Virginia and Rodney's clan for Mateo's favorite pizza (mine too!) at Veruni Napoli.  
I picked up an ice cream cake on the way there and it was ready to cut by the time we were done with pizza. 

His number one wish list item was a Prodigy trick scooter.  They had entry level trick scooters for the last 9 months, but honestly beat the crap out of them and were ready for an upgrade.  He was smiling from ear to ear! 

Then out of nowhere papi got him a gift that was a surprise for mami as well as Mateo.  A GO PRO camera??  WHAAAAAT??  A little spendy but I do think it was a great idea.  I  can't wait to see the videos he can make with his bike/scooter! I would love for Mateo and Marcelo to really get into this and learn to edit etc.  It would be great hobby for them!
That t-shirt was a gift from Ernesto...and it IS Ernesto....after winning a jujitsu match.  One of his teammates took his outline from "the #1 podium" picture and printed these t-shirts for Buckhead Juijitsu. Pretty awesome!

Mateo is an adventure seeker.  He is most happy on his bike or scooter jumping ramps and hills. He is still ALL in for BMX racing and we love watching him so much!  He loves competing and is always trying to improve.  I am so proud of his attitude when biking in races.  He wins and loses with grace and dignity.  

We drove to Augusta a few days after his birthday for a Gold Cup race and he came home with two trophies!

His other loves are his pets (kitties Titi and el Chapo plus our new birdie Loquito) video games (currently Brawl Stars, Minecraft, Roblox and Hill Climb Racing), board games, reading (ONLY at bedtime though!), and watching BMX and scooter pros on YouTube. 

Mateo is also, crazy about candy. Aunt Jenny (aka Fred) knows this and sent him an amazon gift card, (which he promptly spent) and THREE HUGE BAGS of Skittles. 😱Come on Fred!  Why would you do that? 😡  Three bags? Jumbo size?  

He was so happy about it but all I could think was hyped up on sugar and cavities, hyped up on sugar and cavities.😩  Thanks again Fred!  

Despite all the impending cavities, my baby has a gorgeous smile!!

Happy 10th birthday mi amor, we love you so much!! 
I compiled these photos from your 10 birthdays. 


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