It's been birthday season at our house these past 2 months, with baby boy's birth soon to round them all up. We started out with my *ahem* 30th b'day. I can't believe I'm no longer in my 20's, it's a bit surreal. Jon is thrilled that I joined him on the other side, seeing as he's been there without me for 2 years. Now I can't hold it over his head any longer!
My boys gave me yellow hydrangeas and a scrumptious chocolate cake. Jon also bought me a gorgeous ring that I'm in love with.
Next up was Jon's special day in early April. I surprised him with donuts, running out the door to get them while he was in the shower. We also enjoyed chocolate cake later that night. And he got a new game for his Xbox to play.
The boys were thrilled to get more chocolate cake, as evidenced by our little cake monster Jason's face-
Third in the birthday line-up was Jason, turning the big 2.
We had low-key celebrations this year, opting out of big parties since we had so much going on. That being said, we celebrated on each boy's actual bday and then that weekend with my parents. So they got PLENTY of cake.
Jason got to pick out his bday present at Target, choosing the big Mater below.
When the weekend rolled around, my parents visited and we had another bday celebration, celebrating both Jason's and my Mom's bday. Jason didn't mind more cake. Jack helped Jason open his presents, tearing into them. Jason got a cool smartphone from his Mimi and Pappaw, and lots of new summer clothes. My mom got to open some presents too, with Jack's help. Jack was so eager with anticipation pulling out the tissue paper, expecting something really cool. When he found it was a pair of capri pants inside, his face dropped and he said "oh, that's not a toy." He promptly walked away. Too funny.
Next up was Jack's 5th bday. He sure was spoiled on his day and the weekend after. Jack had weeks to anticipate his bday this year, since his was the last bday to roll around in our house. He was jealous of everyone else's bday cake/presents, and I kept reassuring him that his bday was only a few weeks away.
So on his actual bday, Mommy and Jason surprised him at school, bringing cupcakes to his class. He was so cute, acting bashful and smiling, shrugging into the table as we walked in. He clearly enjoyed the attention. All the kids sat at the tables, waiting for their cupcakes. Then Jack's teacher asked him to stand up while everyone sang to him. So what happened? Everyone EXCEPT Jack stood up, while he laid his head on the table. Awesome.
Jason sure enjoyed his cupcake, after asking for "cupcake!" all morning long-
Later that night, we all sang to Jack, let him blow out a candle on a cupcake, and open a couple of presents. Oh, boy, was he excited for those presents.
He got an uber cool transformer: Optimus Prime. He LOVES it and lovingly calls it "robot truck." He also got an imaginext playset featuring Mr. Freeze and Batman-
His Aunt Teri and Uncle Eric sent him a pretty cool Cars bday card, which folded out to a coloring sheet. He loved it.
On the Saturday after Jack's bday, Jon and I took him out for a special day. My parents kindly stayed behind, watching Jason. We started out with lunch at Red Robin's, featuring chocolate milkshakes. We then went to Putt Putt and Jon and Jack raced the go-karts, loved it.
Jon was so kind to drive close to the fence so I could capture them on camera, while Jack deliberately looked away from me, rascal.
I think my favorite event to watch was Jack driving the mini go-karts. It was hilarious. I really felt for the poor guy working this station. The kids inevitably would get stuck in the same spot over and over again, running into each other and he'd have to run out there and manually push the go-karts apart.
Jack did pretty well driving his kart, unintentionally cutting off this girl behind him who kept trying to pass him. He's got great instincts already!
Jack also got to fly the airplane! He moved it up and down himself, at will.
And it was time to go. Father and son, no idea I'm photographing them walking hand in hand.
And what bday outing would be complete without picking out a special bday present? We went to Toys 'r' Us and after looking thru the shiny row of bikes, Jack picked a Lightning McQueen bike to take home. What a big boy. He also got some pretty cool gifts from Mimi and Pappaw, including new games for his Leappad and clothes.
And before I forget, yes, we had more cake that day as well. I'd blame all my pregnancy weight gain on the baby, but let's face it, all the cake these past weeks sure didn't help!
And any day now, we will have a new bday to celebrate in the Nelson family. How exciting!! We're all about the Spring bday's in our family.