halloween was mostly fantastic. daxton found out in the early evening that he was going to be buzz lightyear. he was so impressed with his costume that he could not wait to get it on. will helped him get fully dressed and then he proceeded to strike some poses and even show off his costume to his buzz lightyear toy.
he had a great time trick-or-treating! he went from door to door, up and down long driveways and sidewalks, to ring the doorbells standing on his tippy toes to say "twick-or-twee"! he always took just one piece of candy and was sure to follow it up with "thank you and happy hawwowee"! we were very pleased with his manners and super exited how happy he was to be running around collecting something he'd never even eaten before. he ended up scoring about three lollies from the grand adventure and i think some monster must have eaten the rest of his loot.
the reason things were only mostly fantastic was right before this shot of dax and buzz i realized something was wrong with my camera lens. it was making a strange noise and i could not get the lens to adjust. i left his room and went to check it out and heard something rattling around inside. not good. sigh. then, after further inspection i found a metal clip was broken off flopping around inside the body of the lens. yuck. a trip to best buy where it was purchased confirmed the warranty was expired and then a trip to a real camera store a few days later confirmed we'd have to mail it back to canon to have them see if it could be repaired and if it would be cost prohibitive since it's likely going to be pretty expensive. bigger sigh. and so i go not only into dax's birthday, but the busiest holiday season of the year with my favorite lens in the crapper. poops.
friday we took the day off and took dax to his favorite park. we wanted to spend a little one on one with him before all the birthday craziness commenced. he had fun running all over the place, playing in the sand, going up and down the slides, and swinging on swings. he cried when we had to leave, but we had to make it to a doctor's appointment before the fam started arriving. he did well at the doctor and when we got home it was about ten minutes before namaw and poppie arrived. we had fun hanging out and watching namaw play the guitar. shortly thereafter we had more guests when gran and nani arrived. dax was pushing the limits of his day without a nap, but we survived through dinner and got ready for the big day.
that night we set a ton of balloons outside of daxton's door. then, in the morning we serenaded him with our rendition of happy birthday. we won't quit our day jobs. then, it was off to the living room to start the approximately 12 hour package opening extravaganza. personally i did not feel like i had purchased too many gifts, especially since i bought some here, some there, some two weeks later, etc. however, when everyone else showed up with the same over the top amount the kid had seriously a package an hour to open, plus all of the frenzy from the birthday party. shew!
we treated him to a cinnamon roll number three. when we asked him if he wanted cinnamon rolls he said "no rolls" and then when he saw it he called it cake, and definitely wanted some - so we all played along.
after cake he had lots of energy to open some big gifts so he started with a giant box from namaw and poppie. he was excited to see it was a farm and we had daddy build it so he could start playing immediately! after the farm was played out he bounced back to hungry hippo that he'd opened earlier and gran had to check out the "woo-wie" doll.
after lots of present opening and playing we all got ready to head to the gym for dax's birthday party. he'd invited his entire class from preschool, some friends from church, and some of our neighbors. we were excited that lots of people could make it since it was going to be dax's first party with friends. we, of course had a buzz lightyear theme and served cake and popcorn - just like dax likes!
an amazing local cake baker/decorator made daxton a buzz cake. he was amazed with the fact that buzz was coming right out of the cake! there were also some alien cupcakes for the kids and parents to enjoy after the kids played at the gym. everyone had fun bouncing, doing the obstacle course, playing with the hula hoops, going down the slide, playing with the parachute, and just running around and being somewhat crazy. after enjoying the cupcakes and opening gifts dax thanked everyone for coming and we headed home. we weren't out of the parking lot for three minutes before dax fell fast asleep.
however, once we got home he woke up during a diaper change and we couldn't get him back to sleep. since we knew his birthmom was coming we let him fight it and stay awake, praying he wouldn't be too moody when she was able to make it.
dax was super excited when the door bell rang and it was for him! he opened the door and found his birthmom, half brother, and a cousin. they all came in to play and wish dax a happy birthday. it was great to catch up, show them the pictures from the party, and watch the kids play together. we're always so thankful for the time that we can share together. the most exciting little tid bit of the evening was when we learned that dax's birthmom has the same difficulty in keeping her pinky down if she holds up three fingers. dax's pre-school teacher said she'd been working with him on that this week and he just couldn't keep that pinky down. we'd noticed its cuteness as well, and we think its so precious that we can know where he gets that from.
will and i both commented that we think this might have been dax's happiest birthday ever. he was surrounded by family and friends, got to play all day long, was the center of attention, got a phone call from the paw patrol, and got to eat cake at every meal! there's no doubt how much this boy is loved - and so on that note, let me wish my boy a happy birthday.
You are the most amazing boy I know.
I love your tender heart and the fact that you are always concerned when you hear a baby cry or think someone has a boo boo or hurt feelings. I love how you run and hug me screaming "mommy" when I pick you up from pre-school. I love how you want to "talk to Jesus" each morning as we pass by the stained glass windows at church. I love how you're working so hard on your words and building your vocabulary and numbers. I love all of the little projects you bring home from school each week, and how proud you are when we hang them on the wall. I love how you love your daddy and you're always so excited when he comes home from work, and how you comment in the morning that "he'll be right back" - even though daddy's work days are about 12 hours long. I love how you're trying new foods and even if you don't like something you at least let it touch your tongue before you say "ewwww - yuck"! I love how you love to run, jump, and play outside. I love watching you run with a huge grin on your face - feeling the wind as you scamper down the sidewalk and run off into the yard. I love how you get so excited over simple things like ice, or airplanes flying in the sky, or even seeing a store display with some character from the movie frozen. I love your innocence and how you always say a cheery "hi" to everyone we meet. I love how you're still slightly offended if they don't respond.
There's not one thing I don't love about you, but the thing I love most is that I get to be your mommy. It really makes me cry just thinking about how amazingly wonderful it is that God gave me the special gift of being your mom. It's the best thing I've ever known and I'm so thankful for every second we've been given to watch you grow, learn, and love.
|Poppie, Namaw, Will, Dax, Adri, Nani, Gran|
(tomorrow is the big ptosis corrective surgery, so we'll chat more on that asap.)