Liam loves the PBS cartoon Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. It is the cutest cartoon that teaches kids about appropriate behaviors and social skills. Not only is it a great cartoon for little ones, but my kids actually generalize what they learn on that show to real life situations completely on their own. Plus, it gives me 20-30 minutes to get something done without interruptions. It's a win-win situation!
My friend Lisa is an expert with decorating cakes, so I asked if she could help me with Liam's cake this year. Another win-win for us because I got to learn how to decorate a cake like this, and we got to have girl time! I baked a strawberry cake for his face and lemon cake for his ears. Lisa had me draw his face, and then she went to work while I prepped other party food.
|A cake this cute deserves three pics!|
I asked Noah if he preferred that I make Skylander cookies or order a Skylander cake. He chose the cake, and I secretly celebrated inside. Noah was introduced to this video game by his cousin, Micah, and he is pretty crazy about it. He has been drawing Skylanders and talking Skylanders and dreaming Skylanders for about 4 months. So, for his birthday, we celebrated with all things Skylander.
To keep things simple, we invited our immediate family and our friends Kevin and Dalia (and their kids) because they take care of the boys this year while I'm working. They are like second parents to Liam especially, and he adores them. I am starting to think Liam speaks better Spanish then Ryan and me now. I can already tell that Kevin will be someone Noah can talk to someday when he is struggling with something. We are so blessed that our children are loved by so many people! Nearly everyone had a decent drive to get to our house, and we had a wonderful time celebrating with them.
|I just love this picture of Noah with his Grandma Till!|
|Thing 1 and Thing 2 riding the scooter together|
Ryan and I got Noah his Skylander Giants game, and he got to open it soon after eating cake. He and Liam were given so many other wonderful gifts from our family and friends. We don't buy the kids many toys throughout the year, so birthdays and Christmas are a big deal in that department. It got a little crazy trying to corral Liam so that he would open his gifts. I kept saying, "I can't believe I will have two little ones next year PLUS Noah to celebrate with next year. Oh it will be quite an entertaining situation! My favorite part of gift opening was when Liam started doing his famous run. He puts his fists up like a boxer, pushes his lips out, and sticks his head out and runs in slow motion. Wish I had a video!
He is quite the entertainer! Ryan and I truly, truly worry about him. He likes to be silly and make people laugh so much! I can hear the phone ringing now with calls from his teachers...
Noah had his cousin Micah spend the night, which was such a treat! They boys just played all night and fell right to sleep once we got them to bed. We had so much fun celebrating with everyone and can't wait to throw a party or THREE little boys next year!