One of his most favorite things is his birthday and I love to celebrate it big. Here is a look at how we celebrated this year.
I always take a picture of my boys on their birthday eve. I don't know why. I just do. I also spend a lot of time just sitting by their bed praying for them and watching them sleep. I think I just want to freeze time and not let their birthday morning come.
Cruz's last night as a five year old
Once he was asleep I started decorating and setting out his presents. I like their birthday mornings to be like Christmas.
This year he wanted a ninja turtle birthday. Here are a few of his decorations.
ready to open his presents
His birthday breakfast consisted of pancakes and fruit. His favorite food is pancakes.
ninja turtle fruit platter
Happy birthday, Cruz!
He loves silly string. I had found some in Guatemala City and got two cans for the boys. After breakfast we went outside and they had a silly string war. It was a lot of fun!
ready for action
I am sure we will be doing this again.
Our family on Cruz's 6th birthday
ninja turtle birthday cake
fun with friends
blowing out his candle
We spent the afternoon swimming at Hotel Longarone. He loves to swim there because it has a waterslide and three diving boards.
swimming at Longarone on Cruz's birthday
The pool has three diving boards- a low, medium, and a high dive. The highlight of the day was both boys jumping off the high dive. I never expected either of them to do it. Cruz said if I would do it he would try. Of course I jumped on that idea. I did it and then he followed. Ben thinks he has to do everything his big brother does so when Cruz jumped in Ben got right out of the pool, walked up the steps, and jumped also. He never said a word and I was speechless. I was proud of both of them but thinking at the same time when did they get big enough to do that!!! Oh my!
We ate supper and were in the bed earlier than normal. It had been a long day of celebration but a very fun one. I think he enjoyed every minute of his day and I enjoyed making it special for him.
My baby is growing up and even though that tugs at my heart I am very proud of the young man he is becoming. This is a sweet stage he is in and I love seeing little glimpses of maturity in him. We have come a long way since that first birthday!
And, as if my heart wasn't heavy enough, what does he tell me the next morning after his birthday? "Guess what mama, I'm almost seven now!". Oh Lord help me. ha