I am not exaggerating when I say that Ari has been talking about his 4th birthday nearly every day since his last birthday. He has been anticipating this for a long time! This weekend was full of birthday fun and visiting with our newest little nephew Owen!
This was the first year that he was tearing in to his presents and excitedly yelling about each one and how he wanted to play with it right now. He got lots of games and so we spent most of Saturday just playing games with him.
Erin and Ari are birthday buddies since they are only 6 days apart. Happy Birthday Erin!
Erin's MIL was also in town. Hi Sandy!! Thanks for joining the party!
After cake pops and ice cream the kids ran around and wrestled until they were zombies. This is the only time I can think we intentionally let him stay up 2 hours past his bedtime. Ah!
Before Erin and Chris had to head back home, we got to spend a little more time with them and Owen. He is so precious! Hooray for babies, birthdays, and family fun!
This morning I put a candle on his sausage and sang to him. With all the celebrating we did this weekend it felt like his birthday was over. But it's not! So today we are hanging at home then going to do something fun this evening when daddy gets off work.
It doesn't matter how big or old Ari gets, he will always be our baby. He has an impeccable memory that continues to blow us away. He is very helpful around the house and rarely gets in trouble for disobedience. Of course he has his moments because parenting really never ends, but we are finally out of the phase of constantly correcting him. He has a love for his sister that we never imagined. He plays with her, includes her, hugs her, tucks her in, sings to her, always notices when she isn't around, and even quotes Bible verses when she is disobeying! He even recognizes the newest baby when he gives me a hug. He is (still) very outgoing and when we see a stranger he wants to know their name. He would rather draw his own pictures than to sit and color one in a book. He has a wild imagination and can make up the craziest stories ever. (He gets that from his dad!) He is learning how to read and will frequently ask how to spell new words. We could never imagine that a child could be so energetic about life but he is a walking "party" and knows how to make everything fun and enjoyable. We love you baby boy!