Monday, October 28, 2013

Five Year Old Phin

When Phin was five months  I reached one of the lowest breaking points of my life.  He still wasn't sleeping (I don't think I'd gotten more than an hour of sleep at a time more than a handful of times), he had milk protein intolerance, breathing issues, etc.  I was exhausted and literally hit a point where I knew I could not do it one more day.  We called in a sleep specialist and she worked with me over the phone.  Phin is now 5 YEARS old and that 5 month thing is a distant memory.  He is a GREAT kid.  He is full of energy and enthusiasm.  He is very observant and really good at directions, puzzles, and detail.  He is by far my tidiest child and just a really pleasant, good natured kid.  He has had a hard year in some ways- we've dealt with multiple staph infections, a huge, stressful move, and getting a brother.  He deals with it all with a positive attitude and a shrug of the shoulders, even our couple late night ER visits with staph (which is very painful) were met with resignation and an attempt at seeing the bright side ("maybe they'll give me a cool sticker when I am done").  He surprisingly (because we are his parents) does not like to be the center of attention- he now wants his curls cut off because he doesn't like the attention it brings, and though he is a leader in his preschool class, he doesn't like it when that becomes noticeable.  He is developing a softer heart and is a very kind sibling much of the time.  He still is our pickiest eater, but he's getting better at trying new things.  He has grown a lot physically and is developing some athleticism.

This year, because of our transitions, I booked his party through our swim school.  Phin LOVES the water and though I hated the loss of birthday party fun, it was a good decision to leave that in someone elses hands for now.  All we had to do was show up on a Saturday and bring treat bags and drinks for the parents.  They had tons of pool toys, cupcakes, and juice boxes.  Easiest Party I've ever thrown (and it was good for this year, but I missed my planning ways;)

 (Can I just say, we LOVE living by my family;)

Phin's actual birthday was on a Tuesday and he requested an Angry Birds silly supper;)  I was more than happy to oblige;) 

Phin doesn't like frosting and request brownies instead of cake.  Since PartyCity makes Angry Birds candles, I had a pretty simple task for this one;)

Our fare- Angry birds summer sausage and cheese on a bagel, a kiwi pig (the frosting got a bit wacked, but the kids didn't mind:), Angry birds cookies, and "angry pigs in a blanket"- thanks again to pinterest:)

We loved the masks but the kids realized pretty quickly it was hard to eat while wearing them;)

Phin loves a good party blower.


A giant tube of classic legos.  We love the sets, but he likes to just make his own creations too.

A Mario and Sonic Wii game was the hit of the day...and we thoroughly enjoyed playing it all evening as a family;)

Marc's especially loved when Ava picked the event "Rythmic Gymnastics"....Hey, honey, remember in the parking lot at sweet tomatoes when you honked the horn at a car stopped behind our parking spot and when, horrified, I pointed out that it was stopped to let an elderly woman out,  you rolled down your window and said, "I am so sorry that was my wife that just honked the horn."  Remember that?  This is called payback.  Love you;)


  1. Good payback. Hilarious. :)

    I love this post for so many reasons---the fact that you're able to celebrate the ordinary and extraordinary days with family close by, the fact that amidst all the change and transition, your little family is so obviously living and loving and thriving. The interactions of everyone on the video---including your voice and laughter---made me miss you even more, but I'm so thankful for God's faithfulness and grace. Love you guys. And Happy Belated Birthday, Phin!

  2. Thanks for sharing..beautiful family!!

  3. hey nice post meh, You are one of the best writers I've seen of recent. I love your style of blogging here. this post reminds me of an equally interesting post that I read some time ago on Daniel Uyi's blog: How To Get Better .
    keep up the good work friend. I will be back to read more of your posts.


  4. That video is super awesome! What a fun birthday celebration!