This year we decided with everything going on, we would do low key family birthdays for the kids:-) SO for Daniel’s birthday we went bowling! Beth and Josh and the girls joined us, as well as Tom’s parents. It was super fun, and the boys LOVE bowling:-)
I can’t believe my baby is FIVE! It seems like time has flown by since having kids, this year he starts Kindergarten and there will be a whole lot of firsts I am sure! I am trying to soak it ALL in:-) He is really an amazing BOY, all BOY, sometimes a little too much frat boy for my liking but we are working on him. Our main struggle, finding a consequence or distraction that he cares enough about to change the unwanted behavior! BUT that being said, he is mostly SUPER happy, SUPER animated and full of Love and energy! We love our little guy:-) I write a letter to my boys each year on their birthday, I won’t post the whole thing here;-) But here is an excerpt:
“You are my sweet cuddler, you are always ready to crawl into my arms, or lap and content most days to just sit there. You have picked up on loving back in the last year and it is heaven. When you are in my arms you are always trying to show love back by rubbing my back, my arm, or my face. You have also started tickling back and you love to make people laugh! You still snuggle with your doggy EVERY night, sometimes in the car, and whenever you are sad or scared.”
This year he was not interested in listening or keeping the letter, maybe next year. I started the tradition with Holden on his 6th birthday, and he keeps and rereads his all the time, maybe Daniel is too young, or maybe he is just a different kid:-)
After bowling, everyone came back to our house for the required cake, because it is NOT a birthday party without cake and ice cream! For his birthday cake Daniel requested Chocolate Cake with Chocolate frosting and strawberries on top. I was SO excited because I had just found a recipe I was dying to try:-) So Daniel helped me make this cake, I decorated it as a surprise for him;-) I also put strawberries between the layers, it was delicious!
Happy Birthday my sweet boy! We love you to the moon and back!
Here is the end of Daniel’s birthday letter;-)
“Daniel, I want you to know, I love you, I love the boy you are becoming, I love your passion, I love the way you live life. You love learning, you have come into your own this year, and have really joined in in school and activities. You definitely have times where you have had enough social time, BUT you are generally a social guy. YOU love to adventure, to climb, and run. I am so thankful God blessed our family with you. You are the greatest addition we could have dreamed of. It is a joy to see your differences from your brother, and the similarities, it shows what a creative and amazing God we have! Daniel, if you continue to ask questions and learn about God, He will lead you and mold you into the amazing person He created you to be! God is your source of comfort, strength, and armor against anything that scares you. His word tells us over and over that when God is on your side, you have nothing to fear. I cannot wait to see what this next year brings! 5 is sure to be a fantastic time in your life! Let’s adventure it together and go wherever God takes us! I love you little one!” Love, Mama