Calvin wanted a shark party, so AnnaMarie helped me make dorsal fins for the party guests, and I found some shark games to play, made ocean jell-o cups, found a shark pinata, made a shark cake, and voila--shark party! Calvin loved it, but most of all loved having his friends over to celebrate him. It was so much fun!
So the party was on a Saturday, but his actual birthday was the following Monday. It's always so confusing for little kids when everything is not all on the same day! But he had a great birthday, too! We started out the day with orange rolls and chocolate milk and strawberries for breakfast and let Calvin open his presents right away after breakfast so Michael could be there for it and so that Calvin wouldn't have to wait until dinner time. Boy did he LOVE his presents this year :) Calvin is pretty easy to shop for, we really had him pegged! He got an awesome shark shirt, a spirograph (loved those things when I was little!), a Where's Waldo book, a batting tee, and best best best of all, Michael made (yes, made!) Calvin his own real working bow and arrow set! Calvin was beyond excited, and it was adorable! He can also even kind of shoot it if you get the arrow in place for him! It's awesome.
So, then I took Calvin to preschool with cupcakes to share with his class, and then Sophie and I headed to the mall where I took my computer in to get the power cord replaced only to find out that the problem was actually that there was a puddle of standing water inside my 4 month old mac book pro and the entire thing was ruined...so that made me a little bit grumpy for the next few hours!
But I tried to be a nice mommy and make sure Calvin had fun anyways! I let him have some special ipad time while Sophie napped. I was really excited because Michael changed the password to 5555 just for his birthday, and he was overjoyed to be able to play it pretty much whenever he wanted.
Then we had AnnaMarie and the gang over for a sloppy joe dinner and Calvin's dessert choice--CherryBerry Pie and vanilla ice cream. The best part was when he blew out his candle...with his nose. Seriously. Anyways, it was fun to have everybody there to sing to him on his birthday, and he felt very loved and very special! It was a great birthday for my little man!
Oh, and the week before his birthday, Kelly and Cora and Lily came up to celebrate with him early! Kelly made some seriously amazing dinosaur cupcakes and we all went to Burger King for the kids to have lunch and cupcakes and play at the play land. Calvin was SO happy, and it was awesome! The kids had a great time. Thanks for making him feel so special, Kelly!
Here are a few things about Calvin at 5:
-He is still so loving--he's my tender little guy. He loves to snuggle, especially in the morning. He gives great hugs, always has, and I hope he always will.
-Calvin is also still my little storm cloud. If he perceives an injustice, he puts on his grumpy face for the next few hours and it's pretty much impossible to coax him out of it. Unless you resort to giving him whatever he wants regardless of his behavior :) Then he's fine! Most of the time he seems to just do it for my benefit, as an attention ploy. Like in church, when I'm teaching the childrens' music time, and he pouts and grumps the entire time, but is fine when I'm not in there. Or in preschool, when I look in the window and he's mister happy but then I appear in the doorway and he sees me and immediately puts on his grumpy whiney face. Maybe he'll grow out of that one by the time he's a teenager...
-Calvin is so good at sharing (most of the time!). He is willing to give up treats, toys, etc., just to be nice, which I love about him! He is especially sweet to share with Ryan, even when Ryan really doesn't deserve it.
-He plays so very well with Sophie. With Ryan at school all day, she has become Calvin's best friend, and I love watching that. He is very sweet with her.
-Calvin is a pretty good little athlete, although is still working on things in the bravery department. For example, yesterday he asked uncle Tyler (who was dribbling a basketball) if he could have the ball. Tyler said, "Sure, come get it from me!" and Calvin responded "No, that's too dangerous!"
-Calvin is very good at making up pretend things to play. He also loves his card, toys, legos, etc., but he's always game to make up some pretend world, usually with Sophie, and run off doing make believe things.
-He is so excited to start Kindergarten in the fall! He's recognizing more letters and numbers, etc., and he's excited to make new friends there, too.
-Calvin loves sharks, all animals, dinosaurs, dogs, cars, transformers, sports, playing outside, and pancakes.
So, here are some pictures from Calvin's big day! Happy Birthday, buddy! We love you!
Kelly's awesome dinosaur cupcakes:
Calvin, Sophie and Lily at Burger King:
Blowing out candles with Aunt Kelly:
Eating a dino:
He LOVED it, as you can tell:
Kelly, Lily and Cora:
Opening his present:
He was very excited about the dream lite:
Calvin with Kelly and baby Cora:
Me and gorgeous little CC girl:
Kelly and Cora:
Calvin's birthday party spread:
Party favors--they were supposed to look like a little ocean, but it's pretty hard to find blue candy! So it looked less like an ocean, but the kids liked them!
Playing "sharks and dolphins":
Katie, taking a crack at it:
Love this one of Jane--she has her eyes closed and everything!
Calvin trying again:
Sophie with her shark fin:
Opening presents on his actual birthday:
He LOVED his bow and arrows:
Shark shirt! He runs around chomping people all day when he wears it. Ithink we aren't supposed to let him wear it to preschool anymore...never thought I'd be one of THOSE parents...
He also really loved his Waldo book:
Practicing with his tee:
And with his bow:
Opening some presents from Grandpa Moore and Christy and Benjamin and Auntie Janny yesterday at AnnaMarie's house:
He was so excited about his glow dome from Janny. Thanks, Janny! You're the best!
Doing some spirographs:
I love this one of my guy with his pie! He's such a sweetie: