I can't believe my baby boy is already 4 years old!! He had such a great time on his birthday. We do not have "birthday parties" every year for our kids. I qualify this because a family birthday party is already about 25 people. So, we only have friend parties on milestone birthdays (1,5,10,13,etc...). We have our own traditions to make birthdays a special day. First of all, the birthday boy/girl gets to choose all 3 meals for the day. Second, no chores for the day!! And thirdly, they just get treated extra special by everyone in the house.
So, to start our day off, we went to grandma and grandpa's for pancakes. My boy can put away pancakes like nobody's business.
After that, we had a normal Friday and swam all morning. This is one of Jordan's favorite things to do. In case you can't tell, he is doing a cannonball through the tube. He has now mastered the art of diving to the bottom of the pool for dive toys. He is a fish and loves every minute in the pool.After swimming, we headed to the mall to meet daddy for lunch. He wanted chicken fingers, so we got chick-fil-a. Here is another special treat my kids look forward to on their birthdays. ONLY on their birthdays, they are allowed to have a kid's meal from a restaurant. Any other day, they have water to drink and share food. So, this is a funny little thing that my kids always look forward to. So, we got our kid's meal and headed back to grandma's.
He had been telling me for the couple of days preceding his birthday that he wanted a boy's sleep over for his birthday. I normally would say no because that would constitute a friend party, but I made an exception. See, Jordan is also the only boy in our family and only has girl cousins his age. He sees the girls have sleepovers on a regular basis and is always jealous. So, we decided to bend the rules a little. I told him he could ask 1 friend to spend the night, so Andon joined the party.Everybody took a nap (I knew they would be up late) and then we had spaghetti for dinner.
We followed dinner with cake (of course, a baseball cake) and ice cream. His favorite present was the scavenger hunt his uncle Chris put together that led to his present (not the actual present, but the clues).Finally, we headed home and put a movie on for the kids at 8:30. The movie didn't end until after 10 and we headed to bed. At about 10:30, I put the boys to bed (in the same bed). By 11:30, I had told them to stop talking about 20 times and there didn't seem to be any end in sight. So, just before midnight, I finally had to separate the chatty duo. Within 5 minutes, they were asleep. But, don't you worry. They got just enough sleep to be up at about 7 a.m.!! They don't understand the concept of Saturday sleeping in. Oh well. They had a great time and Jordan loved every minute of his birthday.