Sunday, July 3, 2016

Happy 5th Birthday, James!

"I'm five."

This is what he tells EVERY SINGLE person he encounters. He tells it to the cashier at Kroger, his swim coaches....really any living person we encounter. He is so excited to be a five year old! 

James came into this world with a bang (Literally. Seth was scheduled to leave the next day for a race after my doctor told me she was fairly certain this kid wasn't coming for a while. James decided to make an early appearance. Then, he came so fast he had to go to transitional NICU to get the gunk out and be monitored). He does life on HIS time frame. He's not my "easy child'. But he is SO dang lovable. He has earned the name "Sweet and Sour". He's a real funny kid, has a giant heart, and seriously makes everyone around him smile. 

I must say he got completely spoiled this birthday. 

We spent June 22nd seeing "Finding Dory" with friends and then having a swim and pizza family party at Seth's parents' house. 

 I made him a marble cake with vanilla icing. He added green sprinkles and army guys.
 He opened up his gifts from Aunt Missa and Uncle Bert and Grandma and Grandpa. His favorite gift (of all his presents) was the Star Wars Tie Fighter. His excitement was awesome!

Seth and I got him a queen size bed, Grandma and Grandpa got him a bedspread and shams, and my parents got him Star Wars sheets. We never really did his room when he transitioned upstairs from the nursery. He got whatever furniture was leftover and I bought a friend's old twin bedding. A few months back, he had to have some of his wall repaired and that left the entire wall needing repainted. I painted his bedroom what he calls "Lego Gray". He said he wants his room gray, green, and blue... the same colors as a lego figure he has. He's pretty pumped about having a big boy bed and updated bedroom!

 My parents came on Friday. We swam at Seth's parents' that afternoon. 

My parents got him this basketball goal. It has 2 nets and electronically keeps track of each player's scores. It's pretty fun and will be perfect for when little boys come over to play!

 We had his birthday party on Sunday at Stars and Strikes, a local entertainment center that has laser tag, bumper cars, and video games. James has only been here a couple of times, but he absolutely loves it!
 Donovan and James playing a game
 Jeff and Dean
 Blake and Conner
 Sam and Jay
 Brenda and me
 Nate and James
Myles and Thomas
 James and Daddy
 Bumper cars!
 These kids are READY for some laser tag! James would have been perfectly fine if this is all we did!
He chose a camouflage cake from Publix. The dog tags read "James" and "6-22-11"

Happy 5th, my precious boy!! We love you so much!!

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