Our families are coming into town next weekend to celebrate Ian's birthday, but we couldn't let the day arrive without a bit of celebrating.
Ian woke this morning to his 'wrapped' present at the foot of the stairs. He didn't rush down the stairs, but paused at the top, sat and looked at it. Then he got up and walked to the bottom of the stairs. At the bottom, he crouched down to see what the blankets were hiding (on a side note, he pretends to be The Grinch and/or Santa a lot, and uses all the blankets around to wrap up the gifts).
With a look towards us for reassurance, he torn the blankets off with, "My big boy bike!"
At church today, Ian went up for the children sermon as always. Pastor Sara asked him if it was a special day, and then proceeded to lead the whole congregation in singing "Happy Birthday" to Ian. He was standing up tall on the chairs in the front for all to see. I asked him how he felt, and he said, "So happy." After church, a birthday lunch of McDonald's (can't wait til he gets older and knows there are much better restaurants out there for your birthday), and a nap, he got to take his new bike outside. It was close to 60 degrees out today, so it was perfect bike weather. He had a bit of trouble in the driveway. He would freak out because the bike would go when he didn't want it to do to the incline. We swept all the sand out of the garage and he practiced in there instead. There were definitely not as many cries of fright while biking in there.
No big cake tonight, the one for Saturday is a big enough project in and of itself. We used a leftover cupcake and sang him "Happy Birthday."
The problem with a February 13th birthday- Valentine's Day is the next day. So he had to write his name on the 20 cards he needed. The he put the heart sticker on to seal it closed and put it in the box.