Friday, March 4, 2011

Ryan Turns 5!!!

So, we celebrated Ryan's 5th birthday while we were in Utah, and boy did he have a great birthday!  He got to celebrate with so many people that loved him.  He sure is one lucky boy!  We had a party for him a few days after his actual birthday, but that will be another post because I have so many awesome pictures!  So this one is just the festivities on his actual birthday.

Probably my favorite part of the whole day was first thing in the morning.  A few days ago I had asked Ryan what he wanted for his birthday.  He said he wanted a sign saying it was his birthday, and that he wanted mentos, gum, starburst, and the gummy worms that have the sugar on them.  I guess we know the way to this kid's heart!  Anyways, so I made a sign, bought a huge balloon shaped like a 5, and tied all the treats he wanted to the balloon.  The room he was sleeping in had a baby monitor in it, so I had turned it on and got to hear his reaction when he woke up in the morning to his goodies.  It was so super cute.  It went something like this:

*Yawning sounds* *Gasp* "WHAT???!!!????  OH MY GOODNESS!  IT'S A...AND A..."  *BIG GASP* "OH!  THEY GOT ME EVERYTHING I WANTED!!!!!!!!"

It was pretty cute.  Anyways, we started off the day with Grandpa Walton taking the whole gang to IHOP, and boy did Ryan LOVE that.  Abbey got to come along with us, too, which was fun.  Ryan ordered a whole lot of pancakes and once again fell in love with the four different flavors of syrup.  He was one happy kid.  The wait staff even sang to him, which he was thrilled about. 

After IHOP we came back to Grandpa's house and played around with Abbey and let Ryan do round 1 of present opening.  It was an unconventional birthday.  We opened presents like 5 times.  We wanted Abbey and Vicki to be there for theirs, but Michael had to go to his conference for work most of the day, so we opened some early in the day, and then some again right before bed when Michael and Kirk (my cousin) and Amy and two of their boys were there, then we opened one from Grandma and Grandpa the next day when Grandma got home from her trip, then we opened some more on the day of his party, then we had more at Kirk and Amy's house in Idaho on Friday, and so on, and so on.  Hey, he's only 5 once!  He certainly felt very loved and very happy.

Anyways, after round one of presents (which included some bubble bath), the kids took a bubble bath and then played around outside.  They certainly loved the beautiful weather and took advantage of it every chance they got.  In the afternoon my Dad and I headed out to the BYU basketball game, but when we got back we celebrated with a cake with Michael, Kirk, Amy, Porter and Finn, which was really really fun.  It was so great to have them all there!  Ryan sure loves Porter and Finn.

Anyways, he had a wonderful birthday, so thank you to all involved in making it so great!  He's certainly proud to be 5.

Here are a few of my favorite things about Ryan at 5:

-He loves to build crazy things out of legos and is always bringing his creations upstairs to tell me all about them.
-He genuinely thinks he is clever.  Even when he is genuinely not being clever.  It's pretty funny to watch.
-His sweet little face shows pretty much everything that is going on behind the scenes.  Not that there isn't a lot going on, I just love that I can follow his thought processes step by step by just watching his face.  I love watching him make connections and realize things about the world around him.
-He loves to help me.  He doesn't like playing by himself.  At all.  It's practically torture for him.  He would always rather be doing something with me than playing with toys alone.  I am really REALLY trying to embrace this more, because I know it won't be that way forever.  And he is a really good helper when he puts his mind to it.  The other day he just started clearing off the table after dinner without me asking him and then helping me load the dishes.  What a sweetheart.
-He still loves to please his Mommy and Daddy.  He's a good big brother, and tries really hard to be obedient and nice.
-He still loves garage doors.
-He usually will still take about a 2 or 3 hour nap during the day if he's not too wound up about something.  I love that about him!
-He always has been, still is, and always will be a talker.  He loves to talk.  All the time.  He never stops.  Whenever we go to the doctor or the dentist or anywhere when someone is one-on-one with him, he talks and talks and talks and talks and never ever stops.  It usually at some point has to do with garage doors.  And informing people about his little siblings.   He's a gem.

We love our great big (still off the charts for height and around 90% for weight) 5 year old.  He has so much character and so much confidence.  We love him to pieces!

Here are some fun pictures from his big day:

At IHOP, looking duly excited:

Presents, round 1:


Very happy about the lego sets from Abbey and Calvin:

Bubble bath!

Hanging out with Abbey.  Sophie sure adored her!

 Abbey helped Ryan put together his new lego set that MATCHED HIS NEW SHIRT!!!!  (I know, I know, too exciting, right?)

Two goofballs.  It runs in the family:

There's the matching lego guy and matching shirt.  The guy in his hand is the same guy on the bottom right of his shirt.  He was VERY excited about that.

Lighting the candles with Kirk, Amy, Finn, Porter, Calvin, Michael and Grandpa:

He requested a Cowie cake.  This is the best I could do :)

Presents, round 2.  I love the look on Finn's face.  It was a lego sorter shaped like a giant lego head.  I know, we're really cool parents!


Mom/dad said...

Ryan rocks! I love that kid so much. I'm glad he had a lot of good 5th birthday parties!

Elizabeth said...

Ryan is the bomb!
And you guys are awesome parents for listening in on his reaction to the balloon/presents, and then sharing the cuteness.

Emily said...

Ryan is so fun!