Along with streamers on the birthday kiddo's door and balloons all about, we started a new tradition of a birthday stocking! The kids and I thought of the idea, and I just love it! my friend Mary made it for us and it's so awesome! We put it up on the birthday kiddo's door and then anyone is able to fill it with goodies. Timothy was so excited to be the first one to have the birthday stocking!
Since we knew we had a full day ahead of us, we did presents right away. Timothy received some new paints, a book, cards, money, some candy, a new helmet, and a cool car set, as well as a building, sign, and tree set for his train track!
Time to see how he measures up! On average, Anthony has been the tallest for his age out of the three, then Timothy in the middle, with Molly being the shortest. I really love tracking their height, it's a fun thing we do only once a year on their birthdays!
We make a big deal about birthdays in our home, so Papa always plays hooky from work, and the kids always play hooky from school. Before heading out for Tim's super fun birthday outing, we had to take some birthday photos in the yard! I especially love the one of the three kids.
Just like last year, Timothy decided on birthday breakfast at our local bakery, Bake My Day! This worked out perfect since we had to stop in to pick up his birthday party cake they made us anyway! Grandma Cathy met us there, and Timothy was able to open up his birthday card from her.
After breakfast we headed out of town to continue the birthday fun! There were a lot of things I thought we could do, but our options wound up being limited. No Timothy appropriate movies were showing, the bounce place is closed on Thursdays, and bowling didn't open until 2. Ugh! What to do, what to do. We wound up settling on Wonder Works in The Dalles, OR. It's great for Timothy's age and younger, and even Molly had a good time. It was a bit under Anthony, but he still played and made it fun. It's pretty much a glorified play room, haha, but Timothy thought it was cool and it made him happy, so that's all that counts!
We went to Soltice in Hood River for lunch! Their pizza is delicious and Timothy was excited to get a cranberry juice in a big glass!
We thought the weather was going to be yucky, so we weren't counting on getting in a hike, but we got lucky! We decided to take the kids on the Pipeline Trail in Hood River. Sam and I did this back in April for our anniversary and we knew it was one that the kids would really dig. It was even more beautiful now than it was then! The grass was higher, the trees were more full and lush, the birds were chirping and the water was rushing. I really recommend this easy, beautiful trail to anyone. We even headed down to the water at two different points and let the kids play in the sand. Tim was our official line leader (except for at one point heading back, when Anthony took over, and that did not go over well, haha!) and we even got treated to spotting the train on our way back! Our hike was the best part of the day! Even Timothy kept stopping to tell me "best day ever!" We'll be going on this hike again this summer. I don't think we could ever get sick of it.
Timing worked out perfectly, and we showed up to Molly's voice lessons just in time. Afterwards, Timothy decided on Canton Wok for dinner. Great choice, Tim! We love Canton Wok!
After dinner, we did a bit of shopping. Timothy had some birthday cash burning a hole in his pocket, haha! The lucky boy got a few new pairs of shoes and a new booster seat for the car, because, you know, since he's 5 now, he's too big for a baby car seat!
We didn't make it home until 8:45. After putting things away and doing jammies, it was 9:20 before we sat down for Timothy's birthday goodies he picked out and to sing him happy birthday!
What a long and fun day for the birthday boy!
Sam took Friday the 12th off from work as well so he was able to go with me to bring Tim to Preschool. It was a special Preschool day as Timothy was line leader and snack boy! Plus it was pool party day and we had so much to do to get ready for it! Timothy did great putting fun birthday party reminders in everyone's cubbies at the start of the school day. After running errands, we were able to make it back in time to watch Timothy share his special snack with his class, blow out a birthday candle, and pick a present from the Preschool birthday box! He was so stoked!
Timothy was really excited about his pool party that night. Earlier in the week we spent a lot of time picking out goodies to make goody bags for all the friends that would come to his party. He did all the work to put the bags put together. Great work, Timothy!
Timothy's pool party was at 6:30 that night. We got there early to set up and then patiently waited for his friends to arrive. He had 7 classmates show up, which he was super excited about! We did cake and presents right away so that everyone could go swim afterwards and leave as they wished. Timothy received some fun gifts! A camping chair, remote control car, chalk, foam swords, candy, Paw Patrols toys, etc. He was shy while everyone sang happy birthday to him and while opening gifts, haha, but that's just our sweet Tim.
Everyone really enjoyed the pool! It was awesome watching our friends have a good time, and I especially loved Timothy's huge smile. Pool party success! Thanks so much to all the friends that came! We greatly appreciate it!
We hope you had a super fun birthday and pool party, our big, sweet 5 year old boy! Love you times infinity.