Friday, August 21, 2009

what turning 6 looks like in our home....

This little Landon turned 6 yesterday.
He has had the birthday countdown running for about the past 3 months.
Every conversation involved some discussion about Landon's birthday.
This year, we opted for just a small family birthday party including Landon's auntie Jessie and her two boys, cousins Jack and Tag.

(photo taken at a mere 5 years and 11 months of age, san diego, ca)
The following are some of the photos to show what turning 6 was like for Landon on
August 20, 2009.

Since it was a school day, and Landon would have to go the entire day without celebrating and opening gifts, I decided to let him open his "necessities of a 6 year old bag" which is basically the fun bag full of cool stuff. It was stuffed full of DS Games, an art box with his own supplies, an electric toothbrush, card games and memory games and some candy. My mother always did 'fun bags' for us and I remember them being the best. Ours were usually full of Hello Kitty and RainbowBrite.

Mr C was up early (per my request) and off to Krispy Kreme to pick up 4 dozen doughnuts so that Landon could share a snack with his classroom. I would have preferred to bake something to share but unfortunately school rules don't allow for home baked goods in the classrooms. (What kind of world are we living in when you can't even send in some homemade cookies to celebrate a special day?)

However, I do not think that the class in room A-7 minded nibbling on glazed doughnuts.
Landon's teacher made a special crown for him to wear the entire day so that everyone knew it was his day. When I asked him later on if mom could borrow it...he said no and then I think he hid it from me.

For dinner... I decided to put Mr C to work and requested his (almost) famous burgers on the grill.

(for was a veggie burger...i'm meat free)

Mr C also made his super creamy french onion and ranch dip. It was nice to see the man in the kitchen. Maybe I should request a little more from him and his grill.
Since it was just a small gathering of family...I decided to put little favor bags together for the children. I included just a couple of Landon's favorite things to pass along while he opened his gifts. Each child received a bag with a slinky, a ring pop and some M&M's inside.

I think it's always nice to hand out favor goodies when the birthday child is opening gifts. Kind of softens the 'gift envy' a little bit.

This is the only photo I have of me and my 6 year old...he understandably would not say still for very long. I am trying to remember if I had to bribe him with something (like candy) in order to get this photo.

One of his 'big gifts' was a remote control race car. Not my favorite type of toy to give...but it sure was a hit. I'm pretty sure he was showing off in this picture by holding it over his head.

Aggressively tearing through gifts.

We finished the celebrating off by singing Happy Birthday to Landon and then devoured chocolate chip cupcakes/vanilla cupcakes and a scoop of chocolate chip ice cream to chase it all down. We have a lot of summer birthdays in our family and I just thought that baking cupcakes would be a nice change from your typical birthday cake...not to mention, this might be the last year that I can get away with that!

So cheers to this little guy who is now adorably 6.
When I woke him for school this morning...he asked if I had anymore gifts for him to open.
He was genuinely disappointed when I told him that he had opened everything last night.

I love you more than you can ever know. You are the greatest 6 year old I know and I am so happy that I get to be your mom.
Happy Birthday to you,



  1. He is adorable 6. I can't imagine my little boy being 6, I can imagine him asking me if there were more presents to open tho...priceless! Sounds like a wonderful day at your house yesterday...happy weekend! xo

  2. What a wonderful celebration~ I love your goodie bags! It looks like he was a very happy little man, indeed.
    Happy weekend,

  3. Oh 6 is a great age! glad he had a good bday!! hes so presh! xo