the dawning of his birthday brought with it a happy birthday song and lots of hugs. (please forgive my “unpolished” look.)next up was hugs and kisses for liberty who eagerly joined in the celebration.and this is the beautiful face of our 4 year old.and a busy 22 month old.
after our typical morning routine we skyped family and sterling was able to open several gifts. unfortunately, we were so busy videoing that we failed to capture it with our camera. needless to say, everything was a hit!
sterling’s special birthday outing required an hour trek to the local aquarium. (we don’t do parties, but celebrate special occasions with fun outings.) where we were greeted by a polar bear.a majestic and gigantic creature.after several exciting discoveries, including walruses, seals, and various other tanks we took a stroll through the water tunnels and hovering sharks.afterwards we splurged and got the sprouts one of sterling’s favorite snacks: popcorn. and this… this is definitely one of my favorite moments of them captured in time. so sweet.and yummy.
more spectacular tunnels with yet even more sharks and stingrays.we happened upon an opportunity to have our picture taken with some seals. the sprouts thought it entertaining enough just to watch them from the gate. and again, thankful i was able to capture this moment. the sprouts – together.in some ways the aquarium experience came to an abrupt end, except that it didn’t. after the “souvenir store” which was lacking to put it mildly, we journeyed on to the rainforest exhibit where we found ourselves captivated by the monkeys. after our random tour of the rainforest we enjoyed a picnic lunch outside. as bizarre as it sounds i was most shocked by how grown up liberty suddenly seemed as she sat unassisted at the picnic table and ate her cheese sandwhich. it took me a bit by surprise, maybe because i’d been grieving sterling changing and growing up so fast that i couldn’t help but feel the whiplash of time at that very moment. time truly does fly.
once home sterling opened his gifts from us. first up, the book, “little boy”… bought for no other reason than this picture. super sterling – on the go.he also received a rather large box of lego bits & pieces. thanks in part to his nai nai & ye ye who “invested” in his birthday stash 6 months back.as you can see, liberty was getting pretty excited about all the loot as well. i have a very hard time capturing motion, so i’ve decided that if i ever want a focused picture, sometimes i just need to grovvel and beg ask. legos and a transformer: what else could a boy want?while liberty napped sterling and i made & put the finishing touches on his cake.a simple idea really. yellow cake, chocolate icing, candy rocks, dirt (cookie crumbs), chocolate logs (pocky sticks), mini bulldozer & backhoeloader and magnetic letters.
don’t you love how thrilled he looks to be eating his banana in full view of his birthday cake!?!
in the meantime, jarod and sterling enjoyed building many new lego structures.that is, until liberty woke up and we fulfilled yet another one of sterling’s requests: a hamburger. which seemed totally random since we rarely eat them. however, since it was a request we could easily fulfill we loaded the sprouts on our bikes and took a family ride to the nearest mcdonald’s. where sterling’s wish came true.and so did liberty’s. her one request: ice. yes, another rarity here on the east side.
“ice, please!”love these faces! next up… the longed for “construction cake”!by this point sterling was tired from his long and busy birthday… and eager to get on with the cake eating festivities. still though, he had a great attitude and i’m grateful he looked up long enough for me to capture the moment.as you can see, sterling wasn’t exactly given a large piece of cake…even so, it took some work to keep shoveling it in. poor baby was so tired.but thankfully, continually happy.even though he never did finish his birthday cake.
so grateful for another year and the gift of watching our boy grow. blessed. abundantly.
happy blessed 4th birth-year sterling!