Saturday, May 9, 2009

Andrew's 5!!!

The week leading up to Andrew's 5th birthday was exciting. The weather had been really nice and so we had been spending a lot of time outside. Here are a few of his injuries, I wanted to document them, it's more then he's ever had at one time. These on his knees are from taking a spill on his big wheel, one of the many he took last week. The one under his nose is from climbing on the play equipment at the mall and falling head first, yes it's a rug burn, NOT a bloody nose like every one asked him all week, the one by his eye is from trying to ride a toy dump truck and it tipped over on him. I document these because to me, he's growing up, he's never been my adventurous one and usually won't getup and get going again after a minor injury and after all of these, that last year would have been life threatening in his mind, he got right back to what he was doing. I can't believe it! I hardly know what to do now!!
Now on for the fun. Bob was able to be home for the weekend before Andrew's birthday, so we celebrated the whole weekend! We let him open his presents slowly, hence the ward robe changes. Here area few highlights from our time together. It wasn't much time, so we didn't do to much, walked around the temple in the rain. Andrew wanted to touch the temple but unfortunately at the Seattle temple the best place is by the doors and there were people waiting for a bride, so we snuck in real quick but didn't get any pictures. Then we went to the Lego store and the boys picked out presents for each other. They LOVED it!!He remembered me making a small #1 cake for Ben last year and so he requested a #5 this year. He even frosted it himself. It turned out to be PERFECT! We each had a piece and it was gone. No left over cake!!!
Thank you Grammy! We actually tried to trick him, this one was hiding in our closet but it wasn't the same blue hot wheels scooter he had seen ( i can't find it ANYWHERE) so, I went and bought just a blue scooter. ( i wasn't very fond of this one) Anyway, this one was in our closet and so when he opened the other blue scooter he mentioned that it wasn't hot wheels! I asked him if that was OK and he said that there was a hot wheel scooter in our closet.WHAT?!?!? How did he see it? Anyway, we let him choose and this is the one he chose and he LOVES it!!
It was all about the wheels this year, new scooter and new roller skates. Another sign my boy is growing up. I never would've imagined Andrew would ride roller skates, he actually does pretty good! For a kid I thought would FREAK out when he realized they roll!!!
A few more pictures from opening presents. Who sees a blue theme? His favorite color is dark blue...can you tell? I love how excited they are!! They have been playing in it EVERYDAY!! It's their joint present this year.

Monday was Andrew's actual birthday as well as our weekly playgroup at the park (weather permitting). I decided this year that instead of having a big birthday party ( I just don't have the energy) we would celebrate with whoever showed up to playgroup. It worked out PERFECT!! I had found this GREAT cake mold and so each child ended up with their own individual train car cake.
I guess it tastes better this way. I didn't even frost them so we wouldn't have to worry about forks.
Andrew has become such a BIG help! I can't believe how fast he's growing up. He has been waiting to turn 5 so that he can go to kindergarten since he was 3!! Do this has been a big deal. Andrew's into Lego's and he LOVE's to ride his big wheel and now his scooter and roller skates. He loves to make deals to get what he wants and is VERY inquisitive. He's ALWAYS asking questions. Questions that I don't know the answers too. My answer...that's the way Heavenly Father made it. So, now he's come up with"Why does Heavenly Father want it that way?" WHAT?!?!? How do you answer that?!? I am so grateful for how helpful he's become, of course I sometimes need to slow down and let him help and not get impatient. His favorite thing right now?Changing Benjamin's diaper...yes, changing Benjamin's diaper.

We love you Andrew. You are a joy to our family Ben looks up to you and LOVES to be around you. I Love how sweet you can be to him and want him to be safe. Happy Birthday bud. Have a great year!!

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