Last January 26, our son Dylan turned 4. We asked him what he wanted to do on his birthday. He was specific:
He wanted to play in the “Mall Slide” (Kevin’s Toys & Library).
He wanted lots of toy cars.
He wanted lots of bubbles.
He wanted a cake and lots of balloons.
He wanted to play with all of us the WHOLE day!
Birthday wishes: GRANTED!
First thing we did when Dylan woke up was played with him!
Off to the “Mall Slide!”
“Mall Slide,” check.
Met up with Aryanna after her volleyball tournament and we all had lunch.
Went home after lunch to put Dylan to bed. While he was napping, Tom whipped up some homemade brownies. He’s such a sweet and cool dad.
We like making our own birthday cakes. Sometimes we whip our own recipe or use boxed cakes.
To personalize the cake, I bought cute icing characters.
Tah-dah! Our homemade Birthday Brownie Cake!
While Dylan was napping, we decorated our dining room
Tom’s idea of gift wrapping: whatever wrapper he finds in the house and doodles on it. I have to admit, it’s cool.
Oh my gaaaad! I’m so happy I captured my son’s happiness! He was so happy to wake up to our little surprise!
*sings* “Happy birthday, Dylan… Happy birthday, Dylan… Happy birthday, Dylaaaaan!”
Make a wish and blow the candles!
We used Magic Candles! Kids (and adults too) love to blow out the birthday candles over and over!
“The Liza 2000”
I think we blew out the candles more than 20 times!
Time to open gifts!
Aryanna gifted her ‘lil bro a ukulele. Dylan always borrows his sister’s ukulele and now he has his own.
Lots of toy cars: check.
Opening gifts is serious business for kids. Observe the concentration and excitement at the same time.
According to Dylan, his dad is “The Best Builder” ever.
Eat cake na!!!
Me: Don’t touch my cake, Dylan!
Dylan: It’s OK, Mom! It’s my birthday and it’s my cake!
We baked enough for the family and gave the rest to Dylan’s playmates in the building.
Played the whole day with the family, check.
It’s amazing when you listen to what kids really want for their special day. Most of the time, our kids ask for the simplest things and want to celebrate it by just playing/spending time with us. I’m glad that they love the simple joys in life.
Maybe in a few years, we’ll throw a grand birthday bash for Dylan. For now, he’s very happy with cake, sweet spaghetti and lots of playtime.
Happy birthday to our dahling Dylan! You bring so much joy and happiness in our lives! We love you! You’re the best son ever!