Star Wars

Dear Ian,

Not so long ago, in a galaxy not so far away, a brilliant man made a movie.

The year was 1977, your mom was not born yet, and your father just barely.  George Lucas released the first of what was to become a six movie series titled Star Wars, later to be renamed A New Hope.  Originally the movies were released episode IV, V, VI; 20 years later they made the first three episodes.  In 1999 they released episode I to be followed by II and III.

1977 Episode IV; A New Hope

1980 Episode V; The Empire Strikes Back

1983 Episode VI; Return of the Jedi

1999 Episode I; The Phantom Menace

2002 Episode II; Attack of the Clones

2005 Episode III; Revenge of the Sith

Now it is hard to describe the impact these movies had on my life growing up, let alone the nations.  But I will say they changed everything.  Little boys no longer played “cowboys and Indians” or “cops and robbers” but now they were “rebels vs the Empire” or “Jedi vs Sith”  or “Darth Vader vs Luke Skywalker”

They battled with Light Sabers and Blasters, they made robots and spaceships.  We all had roles: Uncle Ryan was Luke Skywalker, Tante was Princess Leia, I was R2D2 (my favorite character), our neighbor Andy was either Han Solo, unless Uncle Jake was there then he had to be Chewbacca.  We would endlessly act out scenes from the movies, by this time the first three had been released.  When your Uncle Ryan got pneumonia he watched Star Wars all day long.

Not only did it become a staple in our lives, but the lives of millions.  There are conferences and millions of dollars are spent on Star Wars products.    Boys, girls, young and old love these movies.  I will not go into the reasons why, you will find them for yourself.  I recently came across this article in the NY times and he more eloquently describes the love for this movie, by boys who have never yet seen it.

When you started to walk and talk and role play, this past year, one of the things you played was “Star Wars.”  With LT you would battle with light sabers, then  you watched the girls play ‘Lego Star Wars’ on the Wii.  At this time your cousins had never seen the movies but were fans, just like you, because of the games.  Finally PooPaChoo decided to make them watch the movies and would explain what was happening.

We were over there one night and they mentioned watching one of the movies and you came  up to me and said “I wanna watch Star Wars” it was the proudest moment of my life (so far)!  “Yes!” I said, forget dinner and bedtime and all of that! Watch this wonderful movie that I love so dear.  OK so lets not forget the fact that  you were just barely 2 years old.  So you didn’t sit down and really watch it, but you would watch parts of it.  Mostly the parts that involved battles and fighting with light sabers.  But you LOVED those parts.

Now you know all the characters names, well the main ones, and you can pick them out of a line-up.  You have Star Wars toys, and light sabers and you are constantly wanting to watch the movies.  And I couldn’t be happier about.  It is amazing to be able to share something I loved as a kid, with my children and see the same amazement and joy in your eyes.

I will admit that for your first birthday I found it only natural to have a Star Wars themed birthday party for you.  I made you dress up as a Jedi, a costume your Bamma made for you.  I loved it, and don’t worry we will do a Star Wars theme again, probably more then once!



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Happy Birthday Rock Star!

Dear Ian,

it is now your birthday!

I love celebrating birthdays.  I have decided that for as long as I can, I will take your birthday off and spend all day with you!  If you are in school, you will not have to go.  It will be a day to spend however you like, if you want I will even leave your little sibling at home (with a sitter that is).

Since you are not old enough to decide what to do on your birthday, I made the choice for you.  Your dad and I stayed home and it snowed in the morning.  He then had to go to work later in the day.


After playing in the snow with Kapa’a I made you some Birthday Cake Pancakes!  They were wonderful!


I let you take a nap and then Bamma and I took you to the Portland Children’s Museum for some play time.


After playing we went to dinner at Red Robin with Dad, Bamma, Tante, Poo-Pa-Choo, Emma & Hailey!  Dad let you have ice cream before dinner, but you still ate really good.

Tante made you some cupcakes so we could sing you happy birthday


 this is by far my favorite picture.  You were so excited about us singing to you ❤

 your favorite way to eat, who needs sliver ware?

Tante and Bamma let you open a couple presents since your birthday party was in two days.

 Bamma got you this Snoopy stuffed animal, which you loved so much!

 Tante got you this light saber, which is bigger then you, but it makes noises when it moves and lights up.  It is pretty awesome, but it was a little dangerous for the people around us.

 Dad had to take you outside so you didn’t injure any body at the restaurant 🙂  When we got home, dad gave you the present he got from you.  You will have to grow into it….

I am pretty sure you had a great day, but I know that I did.  I loved being able to spend the day with you and not worry about all the ‘stuff’ that needs to get done.