Sunday, August 21, 2016

Levi Turns Five!

         Five just seems like such a turning point age.....I can't believe this little guy is five!  He'll be starting kindergarten in just over a week, and does all he can to keep up with his big siblings.  He continues to be one of the most resilient, determined and loving people I know.  We are so very proud of him!

       This boy has so much personality.  He is such a character and loves to be silly.  One day Caleb went somewhere with Luke so when the rest of us got home Levi got out of the van and started calling Caleb’s name (which sounds like “daylo”, which just made the whole thing even cuter).  I reminded him that Caleb wasn’t with us and he proceeded to go over to the bushes in front of the house and move branches looking for Caleb and calling his name.  I’m pretty sure it was one of those “you had to be there” moments, but the rest of us were laughing hysterically.  He just revels in that.  He’s done it about two million times since in an effort to get the same reaction….anything for a laugh, just like his big brother.   

     Levi is also one of the friendliest people I know.  I pray that never changes.  It is one of the sweetest traits he has….because he sees everyone the same and he just loves.  We walked over to the library yesterday…just a few minute walk….a teenage boy was approaching on his bike and he didn’t look like he was about to even look in our direction….but Levi saw a person coming towards him that he needed to connect with and with much enthusiasm shouted hello….the boy instantly returned his hello with a big smile.  Seconds later, an older man on a bike approached and Levi again let out another big hello.  The man smiled and saluted him.  I wondered if we would have all just looked straight ahead and passed without acknowledgement had Levi not been there.  Even Caleb picked up on it and we had a sweet little conversation about what we could learn from Levi. 

    Levi’s birthday was a long time coming for him.  In May, he watched Caleb be showered with attention, special treatment, presents….a day all about him and his interests.  In June, it was Kyleigh.  “Me, my?” he’d ask and I’d reassure him that his turn would come!  July was Keira, and I think he was beginning to give up hope.  I was so excited to be able to tell him it was finally his day!  I worried a little that it may be too much for him….too much stimulation and he may end up not enjoying himself, but we kept it pretty low key while still fun for him, and I think he enjoyed it.  He seemed in a bit of a fog a lot of the day…I think it was a lot to take in….but his face when we sang “Happy Birthday” and he blew out his candles, I’ll never forget it.  He was so proud….just totally loving the love and attention being shown to him.    

He truly just loves machines, tools, working....if he keeps this up, he is going to be one of the hardest workers ever.  All he ever wants to do is help us and as soon as Luke says anything about a project or working, Levi is there with his tool bag ready to get busy!  So his birthday party theme was pretty much a no-brainer :) 

We had decided a while back that age five would be when we had their first "friends" birthday party.  Levi had a few special friends come and he was SO excited to see them!  As Luke tucked him in bed that night and asked if he enjoyed his special day, he said "friends, come back!!"  

              It was a little trickier to do a party with some restrictions, but we wanted to make sure Levi could eat everything at his party!  He's usually so limited, but he was able to enjoy whatever he saw this time.  I, however, am still learning and didn't totally think everything through.  I couldn't use regular frosting and then realized I wouldn't be able to use the colored icing etc. to write on a cake anyway, so I made these gluten free brownies and some cookies.  The plan was to decorate it like a cake, but with the frosting dilemma along with the fact that the brownies came out of the pan looking like this, I had to improvise.  Thankfully, pinterest and last year's "cake" that Luke came up with helped me to turn it into something that worked!

                                              Levi was smiling, so that's all that mattered!

            Obsessed with one of his gifts....see what I mean?  Always working!  And happy to be!

                             And here's a few of our photos from his five-year-old-photo-shoot!

                                   This was Levi's choice for the next picture location.......

                                                    And then he'd clearly had enough.....

So we took a little break......

        Got really wet.....and then he entertained allowing me to take a few more....but only close ups so as not to see the soaked clothing below :)

Thank you God for this sweet boy and for all that he brings to our life....he is such a precious gift!
Happy 5th Birthday big boy!