Sunday, October 19, 2014
Cruz's 4th Birthday
Cruz turned four on Sunday and I swear he's acted older ever since. He hasn't thrown a fit yet this week, ate two pieces of pizza and an entire soft shell taco for supper the other night, and says things like "he defeated him in the competition" when talking about superheroes or the Curious George show we watched on stage the other day. He had his four year appointment this week and didn't shed a tear when he got his four year old booster shots. Nope, just licked his red sucker, listened to the nurse when she said to just look at mommy, and requested Scooby Doopey Doop band-aids when they were finished. He's 41 and 3/8 inches tall and 37 pounds of sweet, imaginative, and goofy, and I adore being part of his world. He has been my very best distraction during these stressful months of selling a house, building a house, and becoming a student again.
We celebrated Cruz with all his favorite things this weekend. Birthday pancakes were on the agenda for the morning and I took the extra five minutes to divide all the ingredients out so Cruz could mix them up himself. He cracked the eggs like a champ, used a half container of sprinkles, and watched them bubble up on the griddle while I made a powdered sugar glaze and counted out four striped candles. We sang the Happy Birthday song and watched Cruz make a wish before blowing out his candles and diving into his breakfast.
Because Cruz opens gifts like his daddy, we decided to drag them out throughout the day so he would take his time and appreciate each one. This was Beau's idea and it ended up being one of my favorite things of the day. We let him open a present after breakfast, one outside before heading out for the day, one at Chuck E Cheese, and one before bed. He loved his Batcave Lego set, his ultimate Lego sticker book, and his very first chapter book, The Magic Treehouse Series. But his favorite gift of the day was the Frozen soundtrack. He opened it right before we jumped in the car to head to the pumpkin patch and we listened to it all the way to Waverly. We sang our hearts out with Anna, Elsa, and Olaf, and Cruz's new favorite song is "Cut Through the Heart." It's now Cruz's favorite start to every day and I've had Do You Want to Build a Snowman in my head ever since.
We spent the beautiful afternoon at Pumpkin Paradise in Waverly. It was our first time to this little pumpkin farm and we loved the simple vibe of it all. Pumpkin patches tend to be a little overdone, a little cheesy for my liking, but this one was sweet and simple. There were tire swings horses, fat turkeys patrolling the place, a hay ride, and big large patches full of plump orange pumpkins. I lined an iron wagon with a quilt, let Mila ride inside, and we set out to find our family of pumpkins, a family that grew by one this year.
After naps and frosted pumpkin cookies, we saved the best for last. The grand finale of them all, Cruz's favorite place on earth, none other than Chuck E Cheese! Cruz LOVES the place and starts requesting we go months before his birthday. This year, we happened to run into the manager, aka, Kate, who also works at the kids' daycare. She hooked us up with hundreds of tickets which helped take the pressure off a bit. We ate some pizza, squeezed in the photo booth for a silly family photo, and Cruz made sure Chuck knew it was his birthday. He told him three times. :)
We ended the night with a cup of warm hot cocoa, the start of a new chapter book, and kisses for our birthday boy. It was a good day.