Oh my sweet, handsome birthday boy. What a little fireball. An adorably, sweet ball o' fire. There is so much emotion bursting from that little four year old body, you don't even know. But, I'll get in to that later. First, how we celebrated the day of Ben-Ben's birth:
There was the pirate party with friends the Saturday before his birthday - since the next weekend was Easter. There was: A gathering activity (pirate stickers and crayons, etc), Games (including pass the pirate rubber ducky - like hot potato - with pirate-y music playing, and hide the golden nugget), Presents (love his excited, happy look in the present picture), Snacks (it was from 2-3:30, so we just did cupcakes and some healthy finger food), and the Treasure Hunt (the most exciting part of the party).
So, the treasure hunt was the hardest part for Benjamin, even though I tried to prepare him for it. He always felt like he was left behind from the faster, older kids getting to the clues. Two different times he went to his room to cry in the corner during the treasure hunt. . . really hurt, sad tears. This is the first time we had to deal with a crying birthday child, and I felt bad for him. (But I am glad it wasn't a tantrum-y kind of thing - he found a quite corner to feel sad in :) He was over it quickly and the treasure hunt - including a spooky ghost giving the final clue - was a success. In one of the pictures, you can see the treasure box my mom made for the party favors (which the kids and I had put together). I had asked her if she'd do this part of the party, and she did an awesome job. She also kind of took over the two inside games we played too, which was nice and helpful. My mom is great at kid parties . . . so we're pretty lucky. :)
Okay, the best part of the party for me: Right when the kids were finishing up their snack, and I was busy doing something else, Benjamin walked up to me and said, "Thanks for the birthday party mom!" And hugged me. Completely unprompted. What a sweetie. I love that he (and Anna) are thankful for things like this, and realize it's something kind I'm doing for them . . . as opposed to something that should just happen.