I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that I am a mom to a 4 year old! Seriously. Wasn't it just the other day that I brought him home from the hospital?!?! Our family is certainly blessed to have him in our home. He is the perfect little guy to be a leader and example to his siblings--being firstborn might not be easy, but Ethan is the man for the job! We love our little Ethan to pieces and love to watch him grow and learn and develop his personality!
Because he's 4 we figured it was time to have a birthday party for him with his little friends. I don't want to be the mom that has a party every year for their children, but I think every other year is perfect. Starting with 4 I figure I'll hit every "major year." 8 years old, baptism; 12 years old, Priesthood; 16 years old, dating; 18 years old, graduation. You get my point. Anyway, so we rented out Art Sports (a huge trampoline, obstacle course place) and invited his little Sunbeam friends. They had a blast! It was so adorable watching him run around with his little friends having a good time. Months prior to his birthday he had asked me to make him a gum-ball cake. I have no idea where he got the idea, but a gum-ball cake he got. I decided to kind of do a gumball theme. Because they only let you use the party room for 30 minutes I decided it would be best to feed the kiddos dinner (pizza and grapes and blueberries for the little ones, and chicken salad croissants for the adults), and let them take dessert (gum-ball cupcakes) home. Ethan also had fun picking out little favors to put in favor bags for his friends. Here are some pictures from his big day!!!
Ethan and Ivy
Ethan and his buddy Sam
E and Isaac
E and Hannah
E and Amanda
I tried to get a picture of the birthday boy with each one of his little friends, but that was easier said than done! I could hardly get the little monkeys to stop long enough for a picture!
Opening presents! Everyone was so sweet to pick out such fun gifts for him.
Cute water bottle labels
My first attempt at a gum-ball cake! And the gum-ball cupcakes-to-go. That took FOR.EVER! :)
A close up of the cake
Sweet Ethan chose Taco Bell for his birthday dinner. A few of the workers came over and sang happy birthday to him and passed out free cinnamon twists! So nice!
Opening fun cards from Teigan
He was SOOOO excited to get money from Great Grandma and Great Grandpa Savage! He said he wanted to go to the store to spend his moneys. I asked him if he'd like to save it instead. He replied, "I'll save it until I get to the store." TOO FUNNY!
Sky bought him a bike helmet and Ethan loved it so much he decided to wear it for the rest of the night.
I don't know if it was out of fear of Teigan feeling left out or my serious obsessive compulsive nature to buy matching things for my boys but Ethan and Teigan both opened up new baseball hats. They loved them!
Me and the wonderful mama who taught me how to be a mama!
We had such a fun day celebrating our little guy who just isn't so little anymore! He is so smart and so talented and SOOO athletic that I really look forward to raising him to be a handsome young man! I can't wait to watch him excel in school, cheer him on at his sporting events, help him get ready for his first date, serve a mission, get married and have babes of his own! Hopefully in that order. :) WE LOVE YOU ETHAN BEAR!
Ethan Skyler, 4 years old. Seriously? I know I'm biased but........He is TOO STINKIN CUTE!!!