Happy Fourth Birthday, Edward!

Happy Fourth Birthday, Edward!


IMG_9006 Yesterday, this special boy of mine turned four years old! One year ago, I wrote about what I hoped his first birthday in a family would be like: Next Year's Birthday

His fourth birthday was everything we had imagined, and more! 

Here he briefly recounted his day with me:

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And here I'll recount the highlights with a few pictures:

Chance's mom always decorated the main living area of their house when her kids were having birthdays, so we attempt to keep this tradition alive. We waited until the kids were asleep and then decorated our living room and dining room.


You may remember, Edward is a pretty big fan of all things Frozen, so I chose lots of blues for his big day.

I spent much of my morning making gluten- and dairy-free cupcakes with frosting, so that Edward would have a special snack to take to school.

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And, because this is the internet, I could only share that one photo, and you might believe that all two dozen cupcakes looked that lovely... but because I'm trying to keep it real, I'll say that those were the only three that looked pretty.

The rest looked like this:


We did our main birthday celebrating at lunchtime because Nasko was home from school for the day. Edward hasn't really been a part of many celebrations, so he did not know what to expect! He was so excited to open presents after he ate his meal.

We bought him a kite


and an Olaf book bag.

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When he finished opening presents, we put four candles into his cupcake, and sang Happy Birthday.


(You can really hear Nasko sing in this video!)

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Edward attends afternoon preK, so we then sent him to school where he was kind of a big deal all day. (Oh wait, that's everyday. I mean, come on. He's so cute.)

When he came home from school, there was just barely enough wind to fly his new kite (thank you Jesus). He was delighted, and could have flown it until bedtime!

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(And yes, that's a Frozen kite. Let it go, just let it go.)

For supper, we grilled steaks, sliced up a plum, and made a bunch of veggies that Edward hated, but at least we served them in the bowls from his native country, Latvia!


Our evening ended with a popping party in the garage. We gathered all the balloons we had used for decorations, and popped them. Balloons make my children wild, and there was no way I was going to live with those things in my house for one more day. A popping party seemed like the perfect solution!

(Edward got to pop them with a screw drilled into a thin piece of wood. His legs aren't strong enough/long enough to get the job done. Just one of many odd "handicap accessible" modifications we've made here for him!)

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Considering all our kids were in bed half an hour early last night, I'd say we had a full and great day celebrating the newest member of our family and his fourth birthday! Happy birthday, Edward!

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