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Six

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I spent yesterday doing what I always do, the day before his birthday: Frantically trying to collect dozens and dozens of video snippets from a variety of recording devices, cursing myself for having so many dang recording devices in the first place, for not keeping things better organized throughout the year, and for not yet having the courage to say ENOUGH, NO MORE on the dumb montage thing. 

I came close this year. I really did. Five years seemed like a good stretch, a nice end point, and most of the video footage we took of Noah this year doesn't work with the actual audio stripped away. He's talking in almost all of it, chattering away about Star Wars and Frodo and Harry Potter and dinosaurs and Legos and school and camp and swimming and the beach and fireworks and movies and Ezra and Baby Ike and lost teeth and Angry Birds and and and.

This is the first year I've had that problem. And oh, what a good problem it is to have.

I flipped through photos instead, surprised at how much he changed this year -- you always think it's slowing down, that they are already "big" and no longer hurtling towards "bigger" as fast as they did during the first couple years, but it isn't, and they are.

Noah shot up like a weed, then bloomed, blossomed, whatever, doing so many things he's never done before that, in retrospect, this year was more jam-packed with momentous "firsts" than any year so far. He enjoyed a birthday party. He learned to swim. He discovered drawing pictures is kind of fun. Karate. Kindergarten. Lost teeth. New babies. Lost grandparents. And for the first time, he could tell us all about all of it, in his own words.

There's simply no way to fit everything into a short little video. Life is simply too big now. It's as big as he is, at a tall, gangly, talkative, frustrating, hilarious six years old. 

And oh, what a good problem that is to have.

Six! from amalah on Vimeo.

Music: 2 Atoms In a Molecule by Noah & The Whale

Comments

Amy

Happy Birthday Noah.

Amy

Happy Birthday Noah.

Leeann


Ah, Noah.

I'm happy to report that I've gotten smarter over the years. I now know that when these yearly videos come around, I wait to watch them until all my kids are elsewhere. I know this because within the first ten seconds I am crying. I don't know how to explain to them that this child, this child that I have been reading about for six years, means so much to me. It defies any common sense. But he is just the most incredible little boy and I have this strong sense of love and care and wanting to protect him. Such a neat kid you have, Amy.

My kids do know *of* him, however. In fact, he has inadvertently become a part of our family lore with "A ball! A ball! Aballaballaball!" We will sing song that any time we hear the words A Ball. lol

Thanks for sharing your son(s) with us and I swear I am not a creeper, but he is just delicious.

Leeann


Ah, Noah.

I'm happy to report that I've gotten smarter over the years. I now know that when these yearly videos come around, I wait to watch them until all my kids are elsewhere. I know this because within the first ten seconds I am crying. I don't know how to explain to them that this child, this child that I have been reading about for six years, means so much to me. It defies any common sense. But he is just the most incredible little boy and I have this strong sense of love and care and wanting to protect him. Such a neat kid you have, Amy.

My kids do know *of* him, however. In fact, he has inadvertently become a part of our family lore with "A ball! A ball! Aballaballaball!" We will sing song that any time we hear the words A Ball. lol

Thanks for sharing your son(s) with us and I swear I am not a creeper, but he is just delicious.

anna

I'm going to have the belt test song stuck in my head all day. Happy birthday, Noah!

anna

I'm going to have the belt test song stuck in my head all day. Happy birthday, Noah!

Kristi

Happy, happy birthday to a remarkable little guy!

Katie Ceary

I love seeing Noah's triumphs and big brother moments. He is so handsome and sweet and smart. Thanks for sharing him with us! Happy birthday, Noah!

Lis

Adorable video :) Happy Birthday Noah!

Barb

Six brings tears to my eyes, a lump in my throat and goosebumps! Put a brick on his head! (my Gramma would say that when she thought we were getting too big)

Karen

Happy Birthday Noah! He is such a great kid, all the pics and video of that big boy with his brothers made me completely gooey. Thanks!

Dawn

That is one handsome young man you've got there.

Happy Birthday, Noah!

SUPAHMAMA

I may or may not have bawled my eyes out in the very beginning. Ok. You got me. I bawled throughout the whole thing. I cried for the both of us. Hormones. Sorry bout that.

Diane

Beautiful. Simply beautiful.

Happy birthday Noah! You are amazing.

WifeMotherMe

Happy Birthday sweet beautiful boy. Amy please don't ever stop making these videos on his Birthday. For the last 6 years I have gathered my husband and got teary eyed and feel in love with your family all over again. They will mean so much to him when he is older, but right now they sure do mean a lot to the rest of us.

Monique

You make me smile, Noah Happy Birthday! When did six happen? Right before my eyes. Time flies.

sarah

Such a wonderful kid, and so grown up... I love your birthday videos and am glad you made one this year. Happy birthday Noah!

sarah

Such a wonderful kid, and so grown up... I love your birthday videos and am glad you made one this year. Happy birthday Noah!

Cath @ 7 Million Wonders

Happy birthday, Noah! What a great six years it's been so far.

Thanks, Amy, for sharing him with us.

Cath @ 7 Million Wonders

Happy birthday, Noah! What a great six years it's been so far.

Thanks, Amy, for sharing him with us.

Cath @ 7 Million Wonders

Happy birthday, Noah! What a great six years it's been so far.

Thanks, Amy, for sharing him with us.

R

Happy birthday Noah! He looks soooo much like you, same expressions and everything!

erin

he is so darn cute. i love this. HAPPY BIRTHDAY NOAH!

Heather

He is just so full of awesome. You must be so, so proud. Happy birthday, young man!

Heather

He is just so full of awesome. You must be so, so proud. Happy birthday, young man!

Julie

You rule.

Julie

You rule.

Marianne

Happy birthday, Noah! Loved this video. So so so cute. And, my goodness, he is so big!! I don't think you could have picked a better song for a six year old boy.

Ashley

Holy hell, how did he get so OOOOLLLD? I'm a montage person too, so I always love watching yours. And the music you pick! Agh, LOVE IT. Hate you and your perfect music taste... Happy birthday little dude!

maria

happy 6th Noah!! Thank you for sharing this with us and letting us into your world for a peek. inspiring!

maria

happy 6th Noah!! Thank you for sharing this with us and letting us into your world for a peek. inspiring!

HomeValley

Oh my Lord I am so glad you didn't stop, because this is my favorite one yet. Belt test! Go Noah!

HomeValley

Oh my Lord I am so glad you didn't stop, because this is my favorite one yet. Belt test! Go Noah!

Stacy

I HAD "finally" decided today, RIGHT, we are sticking with just 1 kid. and now? now? now? after all those sleeping together pics of your boys??? garrgghh, my little girl needs a sibling!!!

happy birthday Noah and another wonderful video Amy! Wish you would make mine!!!!!

Rachael

Adorable video! I hope he had a fantastic birthday :)

Forgotten

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NOAH!!

And you totally made me cry...

Forgotten

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NOAH!!

And you totally made me cry...

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