Aaron's Birthday

In the midst of our move we couldn't forget our sweet little boy's birthday.  It seems a little crazy that we now have a big five year old!  And he reminds me everyday that he's 5.  "Mom, now that I'm 5 I can..."  "Here comes the 5 year old!"  "Let the 5 year old show you bubs."  Yeah, it's pretty adorable.

When asked what kind of birthday he wanted, he decided he really wanted to go bowling.  We had never taken him before but he really wanted to try it for real since he is so good at it on the Wii.  I was a little nervous he would get frustrated that it wasn't quite as easy as the video game but I was so wrong.  We had an absolute BLAST!  Kuddos to Aaron for such a great birthday party idea.  It was a perfect way to spend our Sunday with Grandma and Granddad and Uncle Matt and Aunt Jacquelyn.  He even got a strike on the very last round!!!  And then he bowled for me on my last turn and bowled ANOTHER strike followed by a spare!!!  I was soooo happy to see the game end that way.  He was the star of the show for sure.  Even Ethan bowled a strike on one of his turns.  I'm thinking bowling is in our future as a family night out.

Look at these adorable pictures!

 Pizza, Motz Sticks, and chips and cheese dip and lemonade.  Cheese OVERLOAD!  But Aaron's choice.  Good choice buddy!

Aaron showing us how it's done.
Ethan's Turn
Trying it big boy style.  He went back to the other method after this!

After bowling we headed to Uncle Matt and Aunt Jacquelyn's house for cake and ice cream and presents!  Boy did he rake it in this year!  So many cool things that he and his brother can play with together.  Two of those things get posts of their own they are so cool!!  (Coming soon!!)  Thank you everyone for the awesome gifts and cards and mula for his piggy bank!  He had a lot of fun opening all of his presents.

Dear Aaron,

You are getting to be so independent.  You are right, now that you are 5 you can do so many things!  You love to dress yourself and you aren't bad at matching either!  You know how to put your shoes on by yourself, make your own peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and turn on your favorite show or video game in the mornings before everyone else is awake.  

Where did my little guy go?  I still see him sometimes when you don't get your way.  A five year old tantrum is somewhat humorous but you try to use it anyway.  You are still into ninjas and love just about anything that has to do with fighting or super powers.  And of course you play in the dirt non stop.  I love that you are always covered from head to toe in dirt.  It means you are playing outside and enjoying nature.  

You enjoy reading stories at bed time and can recognize several words.  The best books are the ones that ask you to find things on the page.  You love studying the pictures.  You gave up naps all together about 6 months ago.  It sometimes makes for a rough afternoon but bedtime is usually easy as you are tired enough to ignore your little brother's ideas of play.  

And speaking of your little brother, he is your best friend.  You two have so much fun together and you get sad or mad if we have to separate you.  However, brothers will be brothers and you also like to pick on him sometimes!  He admires you and wants to be just like you.  You are an amazing older brother.  I look forward to watching your relationship develop through the years.  

You are very curious and are starting to ask a lot of questions.  Some of which are tough for mommy to answer right now!  Never stop asking.  I love that you are so thoughtful and want to know more about your world.  You are so smart.  I'm not just saying that because I am your mom.  You really understand some things that most boys your age can't yet.

We are so excited for you to start Kindergarten this year!  You are going to do great.  Such a big year for you... moving, starting real school, and getting a little sister!  All in just a few months.  Your daddy and I love you so much.  Happy birthday big guy.  

Mommy and Daddy