Monday, February 13, 2012

The birthday recap

It was a great day for Peter. I think he loved almost every moment. Except for that time when it was time to open presents and instead of looking on the table to see his wrapped presents he went upstairs and partially ruined his Valentines surprise. Oops!
In the morning his best friend from school came over to play. At the end of the day Peter said that playing with Payton was his favorite part of the birthday.
They played legos, ran around chasing each other and had Peter's birthday treat. Since Peter does not like cake he always gets a rice krispy treat cake. We tried to make them look like little snow globes because Peter collects snow globes.
They did not turn out exactly how I wanted but the boys liked them. Peter also got to eat his favorite chips (Pringles) and angel noodles for lunch. And per his request for his birthday breakfast he wanted a banana and for his dinner he wanted country fried steak. He was so full after dinner that he did not even want his birthday ice cream.
I think he was very happy with his presents. You never can tell with Peter. He received thomas the train stuff,
a stitched snow globe from me, and Peter's favorite (I think) was the Harry Potter legos he received. Oh, he also received a lego helicopter from Payton.He loves Harry Potter right now (it is almost the only thing he plays) and he asked for a Harry Potter game and the Knight Bus. Granny and Grandpa Gray gave him the game and Grandpa and Grandma Rachiele gave him the Knight Bus. One happy kid. Plus his brother profit too.
Another highlight of the day was that dad let the boys watch the non-scary parts of the first Harry Potter movie. They loved the quidditch match, when Duddly fell in the snake's cage, and Diagon Alley. They were so happy that night.
Now for mom's exciting moments. While I was helping Peter build the Knight Bus he looked at me with a huge smile and said, "This is fun, Mom!" Such a sweet kid. When we asked him to help clean up at the end of his birthday he hopped right to it, no fights or anything. He is a good kid. Finally, what I hope to be the birth of a new tradition, the balloon launch. I read in the newspaper about a school in Utah that set off a balloon with a note attached to the finder of said balloon to write back and tell of the balloons final destination. I thought that would be so fun to send off a balloon on the boys' birthday in the same fashion. So, we took one of Peter's birthday balloons, attached a note to it for the person who (hopefully) finds it, and sent it off.

We learned a couple of things from this maiden voyage. First, get the balloons with high float, so that it soars better. Second, make the note smaller so it does not weigh the balloon down at all. Our first attempt the note was way too heavy and big. So, I made a new note and we did it again. I think it is kind of exciting, and so does Peter. At bed that night we were talking about the balloon and Peter said he thinks it popped on the peak of a mountain. I said, "how is a mountain goat going to write back to us to let us know?" Peter thought for a moment then commented, "a hiker will find it." So smart. Happy Birthday, Peter! We love you!

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