Monday, July 8, 2013


Dear Five Year Old Ethan,

I remember sitting in this exact spot one year ago writing a Happy Birthday letter to you, feels nothing like 12 months ago.  How is it that the hours in a day can draaaaaag on but the days of a year whip by so fast that before you know it, your kids are 3 inches taller and 5 pounds heavier?  Crazy how that works.

We took this picture on the eve of your birthday, you asked if I was sad that you were getting older.  I said yes that it was bittersweet, but that I was so excited for you!  Look at yourself, such a handsome little man.  After we took this you asked to look at it and then turned to me and told me that I was pretty.  You might have asked for yet another snack, but I pretended not to link those two statements together.

This past year has given us several firsts in your life.  First time riding your bike with no training wheels, first time playing a team sport (t-ball and soccer), first time being able to swing with NO help and much more.  If I blink I might not witness something so I try to keep an eye on you always, before I know it we'll be celebrated birthday number twenty-five.

You and Alec still have a classic brotherly relationship.  Lots of loving but lots of arguing, too.  You are bossy at times (more times than not, actually) yet you are also very tender towards him.  We were at the gym the other day and you told me Alec fell from the slide and cried out for you, so you hugged him and brought him over to where you were and read him a book.  That's what brothers are for, I hope you remain close forever.

Mr. Lion, Sargent Teddy and your white blanket are still your must-have's at bedtime.  I love the innocence in having these things to make you feel safe.  I actually just got done putting you to bed, and you fell off the step stool after brushing your teeth.  Tears were streaming down your cheeks so I said Mr. Lion could hear you and wanted to give you a hug.  Immediately you smiled and ran to get him.  I remember the day I bought him for you (you were not quite a year old, and I needed something to keep you occupied at Target while I shopped...he looked cuddly enough, the rest is history).

I love your spunk and imagination, you are so full of energy (like any other 5 year old!) and never seem to slow down.  You are FULL of questions and want to know why, how, what and when about everything.  A are most definitely a sponge.

Thank you for giving me the best job in the world, I love you with all my heart. Happy 5th Birthday!



This was the first year I let Ethan invite friends to his birthday party.  I let him ask three friends, and he chose Christopher, Keegan and Addy.  We had his Lego-themed party the weekend before the 4th at Brougham park just down the street.  The weather was perfect and the party was simple.  Cake, gifts, friends and a pinata...what more could you have wanted?! He was thrilled with it all.

My favorite picture!

Everyone took turns hitting the Lego Ninjago pinata with their masks on.

He got a lego set, creepy crawler book, Ninja turtle legos, a car rug, Spiderman Web shooter, Superman and more!  

Besides his friends, Grandma and Dakota drove up from Wichita and, of course, Nana was there to celebrate as well.  The best part was that his actual birthday was still to come!

The night before the 4th, Nick and I put 50 balloons on his bedroom floor while he was sleeping.  We thought he'd be excited to wake up to a room full of festive balloons, but instead he said, "What's with all the balloons?"  Ha! Go figure. 

We gave him the game Operation and a Power Wheel Jeep (thank you, craigslist...score!) for his big day.  He was pretty excited!

It was 6:50am and they were both riding around in the their underwear.  

After we got dressed we headed to the gym (can't miss a workout just because it's your son's and country's birthday!) then headed to a park with Ethan's choice for lunch.  McDonald's, if you must know.  After some rest time we all headed to the pool, and Nana joined us for some grilling out afterwards.  

Finally, to round out the night, we all went down the street to watch the fireworks.  This was Alec's first year and he handled it like a pro.  Didn't even fall asleep!  

I love that his birthday is July 4th, how could you NOT enjoy your special day!? Hope you had a great birthday, Ethan!!

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  1. Happy birthday, Ethan!! Funny thing is I "checked in" on the 4th to see if you posted a birthday post but nothing was up guys were in my thoughts though!! It looks like he had a great day! What a fun party! The boys are getting SO big - I can't believe how grown up they both are!! How does that happen so quickly!?!?!