Friday was Connor's 4th birthday. I can't believe his is 4 years old already. In some ways it seems like he has been here forever. Our week in Russia 3 years ago to pick him up feels like yesterday yet I look at pictures and it seems so long ago. (Don't worry about his eye, we had another laser treatment done the day before his birthday. No, it doesn't make for a good look! Poor guy!)
Let me start with the beginning of his birthday. The minute he woke up he flew down the hallway to my bedroom shouting, "Mom it's my birthday! I am 4 (shows the fingers) years old! Am I really 4 now mom? Am I? Am I 4 forever now? I am not 3 anymore, right??????!!!!!!" Oh.my.gosh. I have never seen so much excitement before, he was so darned cute! We laid in my bed and talked about being 4. We compared how a 3 looked compared to a 4 on our fingers. We agreed that 4 fingers looked MUCH better than 3. The night before we set out a few presents for him to open because we knew he would not be able to wait until Daryle got home from work. Of course since 2 grandparents and a few aunts and uncles live out of town he had some packages to open as well. I knew these things would keep him going until dad got home. Here he is, look at that smile!
Peering in the bag that was from Travis.
Checking out the monster truck book from grandma...
For breakfast we put some candles in his waffles and Travis and I sang to him. It was pretty cute. (Only problem is now they both want candles in their waffles every day...haha!)
WOW! Grandma sent him his own blue Power Ranger costume... with a SWORD!! Woo hoo!
Connor got some more costumes... guess who also wanted to try them out? Travis the Knight of course!
After that we went to our Friday movies. When we got home Daddy was here. Off to round 2 of opening presents! Another pile.
Connor had been wanting "a guitar with real strings" for some time. I finally found him one that was reasonably priced for a 4 year old. (Notice he is back in the costume!)
Serenading his mommy. (Can you see the little hint of an Elvis lip there??)
We told Connor that the birthday boy gets to pick where to go for dinner. We were not sure what he would pick. We were pleasantly surprised when he suggested San Tan Flat so that "we can roast marshmallows and have s'mores!!" Perfect. He was fine with the s'mores being his "birthday cake" for that night since he would have a cake at his birthday party on Saturday. It was warm out, but we found a table in the shade and the misters were going. Along with the breeze it was quite pleasant out.
Grammy and Grandpa got him this cute cowboy hat for his birthday. (It was the first part of his cowboy costume. He likes to pretend he is a cowboy too!)
I think Connor feels very comfortable on stage!
Grammy and Connor getting ready to roast some marshmallows.
Connor and his "birthday cake" package for s'mores.
My boys like to supervise the guy making the fire for us.
Looks like camping... without having to sleep on the ground!
I think the birthday boy was happy with his yummy s'mores. What do you think?
Even Travis decided to try a s'more for the first time. (He had been hesitant in the past) I think he likes them too. He finally realized what he had been missing out on all this time!
Back at home he got two more presents to open. One from Grammy and Grandpa and one from Uncle Rob. I think both were big hits!
How cool, a scooter from Uncle Rob!
I must say, Connor makes a pretty cute cowboy!
I got Connor a fireman costume. Looks like Travis fits into it too!
They both have been having fun with the costumes. Who knew this would be so much fun??
As if that day wasn't exhausting enough, we decided to let Connor have a "real" birthday party.... at Chuck E. Cheese. For us this means a party at a location with Connor's actual friends from preschool. Let me tell you, it is hard having a summer birthday! I was so thankful that his preschool had given out a list of emails earlier in the year. This made sending out an e-vite much easier. Plus, some of his friends were even able to come. I was so thankful his BFF Will was able to come too! Here is the two-some... I see danger in the years ahead! They were mighty comfy riding around in this car! It is neat, because I know they will be in Kindergarten together next year too.
Connor enjoyed playing air hockey. He LOVES this game and was so excited to play on one his size.
Eating pizza and waiting for Chuck E. to come out.
Getting ready to sing and blow out candles!
Holy cow, he got this cool birthday crown and a medallion to wear around his neck. He enjoyed every minute of the party!
Connor and his Toybox peeps dancing around.
Connor has been watching this ticket blaster on commercials for weeks. He was so excited to get inside and get some tickets. He didn't get the 1,000 ticket but he did do pretty well in there.
Of course he had a few more presents to open then they played some more games and we all went home. What an exhausting two days of celebrating. Fun but exhausting. When we got home I sat on the couch. For awhile. I don't usually do that so when I do my family knows I must be either sick or tired.
One thing that will stick with me about his birthday was how thankful and grateful he was for EVERYTHING. He kept saying this was his best day ever, I was the best mom, Daryle was the best dad, Travis was the best brother and on and on. He shouted with joy with each and every gift he opened. He truly had a great time. Now he is enjoying playing with all of his new stuff. He is such a happy little guy. As my mom said yesterday, he has such a joyful spirit. Why yes he does.
Happy Birthday C-man! We love you so very much. Here's to many, many more!