He helped me make his birthday cakes yesterday - Shark Boy and Lava Girl (a movie) with chocolate cake with chocolate icing. Man, oh man, that kid loves to help in the kitchen!
I had been trying to figure out how in the world I was going to decorate this cake with Shark Boy and Lava Girl - it's not one of those party themes that you can find rows of accessories for at the party store, and it just wasn't sparking my creative juices. One day I was just playing with stick figure sketches on a piece of paper, and Josiah loved them. Conner, and especially Micah, were a little more critical...but once I explained what everything was, and (thank goodness!) when they saw how happy Josiah was, they agreed that my stick figures would do the trick. Please don't laugh. Too loud, anyway. ;)
Then finally, the day came. Josiah, of course, woke up very excited. He immediately began to set into motion his "big boy" plans: 1) He doesn't like Coach anymore (Yeah, right! That actually translates into he's/we're trying not to carry him around as much anymore, especially at school - an important step toward getting that thumb out of his mouth...), and 2) he's going to dress himself all the time now!
Everyone ate breakfast and got dressed in record time, and Josiah got to open his two biggest presents before school. A Toy Story 3 playset from Gammie and Poppy,
and a bike from us. The bike wasn't put together yet - we knew we wouldn't have time to ride it before school started anyway, and that just made it easier! Josiah was very excited about that cake. He insisted that I let him carry it into school.
Then after having the puppets sing happy birthday to him in chapel (a beloved birthday tradition at our school),
...and a morning filled with anticipation (and grumpiness - he tried his hardest, but only made it until snack time without Coach), it was finally party time. (Or as Josiah says it, "Potty time," which was a source of confusion for a few of his friends. :)
After school we had to stop by WalMart. While we were there we thought we'd pick up a little birthday ribbon for him to wear to Open House. I figure if you've gotta spend your birthday at your big brothers' school, you ought to get a ribbon to wear so that people will ask you about it and you can tell them it's your special day!
...and by the time we got home, Dad had the bike put together!
He fell a couple of times...
...but in the end he got it! :)
The birthday boy's original request for birthday dinner was peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. But then his brothers talked him into bacon sandwiches. (Most of you normal people would call them BLT's. :) ...and then his daddy talked him into bacon cheeseburgers. Whether it was his idea or not though, Josiah was a happy camper!
Then of course, we had some birthday cake. (Yes, another stick figure Shark Boy and Lava Girl cake!)
And then we were off to Open House and Family Book Fair Night at Conner's and Micah's school... Happy birthday, my sweet Josiah. I am so proud of what a "big boy" you are now, and can't wait to see what the next year has in store for you!