Monday, January 19, 2009

Ethan turns 5!

This month we celebrated E's birthday at the gymnastics place in town - it was an amazingly easy birthday party, and the kids had so much fun. We basically just sat there and watched them tumble, and run, play games with the instructor, and jump into the pit of foam blocks. And then we had pizza and cupcakes - and it was over! No clean-up!









Best of all, Ethan loved it, and it was so fun to see him really enjoying time with his friends. He is growing up so much - it just amazes me to think that he will be going to school next year! I seriously feel like we just brought him home from the hospital, and now he is old enough to play games with friends without help, ride his scooter all over the neighborhood, play basketball....READ! He is getting so big!





















I'm mostly thankful to catch a glimpse of the man he will grow up to be - this year he has matured a lot, becoming more independent (getting dressed in the morning without being told, cleaning up his room all on his own, etc...), and slightly more trustworthy in other important areas! As a mom, it is so encouraging to look back over their little lives and realize that progress is being made...because I don't always recognize it so much in the day to day. :)










So how much longer do you think he and Cam will be so close? Check out this picture!










I tried to get a picture of him blowing out his candle, but it kept getting blown out by his friends! He didn't seem to mind though - he thought it was hilarious. :)







And just because I don't want to forget this....


When we were at Red Robin for his birthday dinner, he was sitting there with a thoughtful expression on his face. And then he leaned over to me and said, "You know, Mom, it's a good thing you sp*nk us, because otherwise we wouldn't learn to obey, would we?"

It took me by surprise - this random thought - but afterwards I realized that he is really thinking and learning - and wanting to obey. He is such a sweetheart, and I'm so thankful to see his heart softening.

Lord, keep him soft towards You! Draw his little heart by Your Word, and win him for Yourself. Thank You for letting us raise him!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing those pics. I just love to see the expressions on their faces. Such happiness - enjoying each moment. We adults could learn some lessons from that - don't you think? Philippians 4:8 Mom

Anonymous said...

Looks like such fun. Doug and I were sad to miss it, but Jake filled us in of course. He still talks about it and is starting a little tumbling class today at the Community Rec. Center and I keep telling him he'll just be learning to do somersaults on a mat- trying to downplay it b/c he has visions of jumping into "foam pics" in his mind. :) Sonja

bandanachick said...

Ah, it looks like a blast!
That picture of Si trying to pull Cam out of the pit cracks me up...such the gentleman. ;)

Reagan said...

Man, I wish I could play in the foam blocks! I love what he said about the discipline. Kids do understand what it's all about. Just a reminder that adults take what kids know and think for granted sometimes! I am always caught off gaurd by how much kids know...

Sarah said...

So fun....I want to jump in the pit of foam blocks. It looks like a blast!!

Kelly said...

That looks like sooo much fun! And, what an insightful 5 year old you have! I miss you guys!!

Rory said...

How much FUN!!! It's so sweet to see all the kiddos playing and having fun toghether. What a great birthday! They grow up way too fast!