Happy 4th B-Day, John!

October 19, 2010 1:12 PM
Last Thursday, October 14th, our little man turned 4.  He woke up that day and asked me, "Mom, am I four?"  He was smiling and very excited.

The night before his actual birthday, Big Dad (Peter's Dad) came over for dinner.  So we had John's birthday cake then.  I got a new chocolate cake recipe from my friend, Heather.  It was very decadent!  Lots of butter, a Paula Dean recipe.  It was so good, but kind of a labor of love. I decorated the top with fondant.  It took quite a bit of time, and was even a simple design.

But John's reaction made it all worth it!  He noticed all the details and said he loved it.  What a good boy.

John got a new wooden train set from us for his birthday.  Both kids have loved it!  Even Lucie can put it together, so they really have fun playing with it.

I made a celebrate banner for happy occasions in our house.  I tried to make it a gender neutral color, so hopefully we can use it over and over!


On John's actual birthday, he went to preschool and they had a field trip to the local nursery.  We brought treats and everyone sang to him, and he got a crown.  He loved it.

Because John loved bowling in Texas so much, we decided to take him to Rexburg to bowl.  It was so much fun.  We ate pizza and Uncle Mike, Peter, and Madeleine came.  John bowled probably 10 games.  He couldn't be stopped.  Lucie helped where she could, mostly just excited about the rental shoes and playing with Madeleine.

Four years ago, we became parents.  What a change that has been in our lives.  I can't think of anything more wonderful.  We are so happy to have John in our family and love his little personality.

I've never felt happiness (or exhaustion) in my life as I did when this picture was taken -- a few hours after John was born (I had just taken a shower in the camp-like shower I shared with a non-English speaking roommate at Stanford hospital.  She was just on the other side of that curtain with her newborn, and entire extended family.  Aah, the memories).

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