Saturday, May 23, 2015

Happy Birthday Caleb!

   
                          


       It's always the same story.....how can he already be five...and yet, it seems as if he's always been a part of our lives....time is weird like that.  But seriously, how is our little baby five years old?!  Craziness.  He is so full of life...so full of personality....excitement....humor (he sincerely just wants to make people laugh at all times)....and love.  He loves people....just can't get enough of being with friends, which is essentially everyone he meets, because everyone is his friend.....possibly even his best friend.  (Keira has given up asking how everyone can be his best friend....she has learned to just smile and give us "the look" when he claims another person is his best friend).

     So today was his birthday and his first ever "friends" birthday party.  We've had family parties, and done small things, but decided that for certain years we'd do a big-to-do.  Five seemed like a milestone and a time when he'd really understand and be excited about having his little (and big actually) friends come to celebrate with him.  I think we were...well, 1000% accurate on that one.  He is ecstatic!  He was a bit discouraged that we couldn't just invite everyone we met....you know, he'd play with a kid at playground, or on vacation in another state, and wonder why he couldn't invite them to his party.  However, otherwise, just pure excitement....which as a parent is so fun to enjoy.

        Superheros are totally his thing right now, so it was obvious we'd have a superhero party.  Thank you pinterest for the easy deceptively easy ideas that helped to make this happen!  No, it was fun really, spending the time to make the details meaningful and special.  He was up before me, as usual, and when I came downstairs, before I could even make it in to say happy birthday, I heard..."mama...did you forget something?!"  And to Levi...."Levi, say happy birthday to me!"  He is quite the character.  We waited for everyone to be up and ready and then let him open his gifts....more excitement......


And then the big surprise....I think we were maybe even more excited since we knew how excited and surprised he would be!  I asked if he remembered meeting this man before and he just nodded very seriously and said "the library".....and I asked if he remembered what he had....again another serious nod along with "animals".....he seemed to be in a state of shock that this man was here for his birthday with all his reptiles and animals.  He'd talked about this for months after seeing it at the local library, begging me to see it with him again.  I tried to explain it wasn't something that happened everyday and he probably wouldn't be back to the library for a while.  And then we figured since we wouldn't be doing this every year, we'd make his birthday really special, and surprise him with these creatures in his own house.  I think it was a success!  Pretty priceless really.....









                       This is just so Caleb....yeah, so, I have a reptile hanging out on my shirt.....
                     







  And then on to the eating, playing, present opening etc.....it was a beautiful day....thank you so much to everyone who made it special for our special little guy!





       So thankful for this precious gift God has entrusted to us....he brings so much joy to our lives, and has taught us so much....his sweet, sensitive, yet outgoing and people-loving personality is such a delight.  We love you sweet boy!!

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        Yesterday we took 5 year photos at the park....our go-to place for yearly pictures.  It gets more fun each year as they get older and are able to show off their personalities and really enjoy the time together.  We spent almost two hours wandering around the park, enjoying nature and one another.  And while I did capture some adorable pictures of our sweet boy smiling for me on cue, my favorites were the ones where he was just being Caleb.....silly, goofy...trying to make me laugh....and succeeding.







Of course it was hard work so we had to stop for a cookie from the Farmers Market.....


                      And checked out every animal in the area......



He was really pleading through clenched teeth at this point to go play with a random cat walking by...
























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