Levi turned 5 last month!! He had a super fun birthday. I took cupcakes to his class, and we had a little family birthday that night.
We had a few gifts for him to open, and we asked him if he wanted to open them all that day (since he would later have a party with my family as well as a friend party). He thought about it and said he wanted to spread out his birthday and just open one present each day. That's some amazing discipline for a 5 year old! Interesting story about this Batman robot. I took Levi to Target for him to point out things he liked. Then I went back while he was at school and bought this. It was reasonably priced and looked really fun. A couple days later, I was cleaning out receipts and noticed that I had paid $65! That's more than twice what it was supposed to be. It was cool and all, but not $65-cool. I called the store, and they said to go in, and they would reimburse me. Apparently it had happened to several other people. So make sure you always look at your receipts!
I didn't have time to frost the rest of the cupcakes, so I had everyone decorate their own after dinner. Levi told me that was his favorite thing about his whole birthday. I love how easily amused he is!
I made a s'more cake for the big family party. I started with a graham cracker crust, covered it with chocolate cake, and topped it with marshmallow frosting. Then we torched the top. I've wanted to make it for awhile, and it turned out delicious!
He's always so good at posing for my pictures!
He wanted to have a skeleton birthday party (he was also a skeleton for Halloween), and we added a pirate element to make it extra fun. Spencer had a pirate party when he turned 4 that his friends still talk about. This was more low-key, but I made similar invitations.
I printed them out, stained them in tea, burned the edges, rolled them up and tied them with twine. Cute!!
The cake was very similar to the one I made for Spencer's doctor party - just added the skull and decorations. The black fondant turned out very dark - I was worried it would stain everyone's clothes!
As you can see, my boys really get into dressing up for the theme.
Luke and Parker
Tessa and her little sister Ivy
Braeden, Noah and Levi
Levi chose a big "5" pinata.
We had his party on a Friday night, since our Saturdays were all so busy.
I love how excited Luke was for him to open his present!
About a week later, he borrowed Luke's old bike (which is smaller than any of ours) and learned how to ride it! It's a great bike for learning, and he was able to do it his first try.
I'm going to close with a few words about Levi. First of all, he's hilarious! He says the funniest things and finds humor in everything. He's just a happy kid. He had his 5 year check up last week, and he was cracking up the nurse and the doctor. Then he didn't cry AT ALL when he got his shots. He still has a bit of a speech impediment, which we love! He puts an "f" in front of a lot of words; our favorite is "fwazy," instead of crazy. He has stopped sucking his thumb and needing his special blanket (he did that all on his own). He doesn't want a lot of stuff. For example, when I took the kids school shopping, I asked him what clothes he liked. He said, "I have a lot of clothes in my drawer. I don't need any." He loves Chloe and plays really well with her. I just thoroughly enjoy hanging out with him. This is an awesome age for Levi!