Friday, July 24, 2015

Matthew Turns 5!

 Matthew woke to streamers, balloons, and gifts. He was pretty stoked to be turning 5. And I love that his brothers and sisters are even more excited for him! 
 
His big gift was his perplexus, which he had been wanting ever since Micah got the original Perplexus. In fact, we went to Smiths together to do some shopping, and I tried to sneakily put the Perplexus Epic on the bottom rack of the shopping cart. But he managed to get a glimpse of it. And from that moment on, he kept asking me who it was for, why I was buying it, and could he please play it? Since then, he's spent hours and hours working on it (and Micah's). Currently, his record is 98, and boy, is he proud!

He has also been asking for a soccer ball for a while. But not any soccer ball. He wanted the classic black and white soccer ball. I think he thinks it is more authentic. We gave him a gift certificate to go to Boondocks, which Chad took him to. He played laser tag, did the bumper boats, played mini golf, did the arcade. Chad said it was fun to watch Matthew at the arcade because once he used up his tokens, he continued to "play" on the arcade games for quite a while.
 And here he is, working the Perplexus:
 Chad took a few pictures of Matthew at Boondocks having fun:

And, of course, ice cream to top off the fun day.

 What is Matthew like these days?
*His favorite things to do are jump on the tramp, swim, and ride bikes.
*His favorite buddies to play with are Phoenix and Alyssa.
*He loves to play with the hose, fill up the pool, and spray his sisters!
*Dinnertime is getting better. He tries more foods. Some days are better than others, but we're getting there.
*He is the cutest dancer. The other day we were at a gym with loud, thumping music playing. He just started breaking out in dance, happily jumping and moving. It was completely adorable.
*The iPad is his wannabe best friend. He loves to play Hungry Shark at the moment. (He still enjoys Minecraft, too.) I am grateful for the timer on the iPad so I can have it automatically shut off after a designated amount of time.
*His current favorite song is Papaoutai by Stromae. He likes to move to that one. 
*Bedtime usually means he wants Jack up in bed with him. He just loves Jack.
*He has 2 jobs a day he is supposed to do: typically taking out the small garbages, walk Jack, wipe the table, etc. 
*Matthew gives the best hugs and kisses. He makes my heart swell.

He was really looking forward to having a birthday party with his friends. We had to have it a few weeks after his birthday due to vacation, holiday, etc. But he'd wanted a water party in the backyard. I asked the girls if they would take charge of the games. They were such good sports and planned musical chairs; water gun fun; rock, paper, scissors, water; and jumping water. Their own made-up games. It was pretty cool. The kids had a lot of fun with it. And, honestly, the best thing was that they were totally entertained by the water and tramp and being together. I served lunch, and then they just went out and played.
 We had Kyle Harris, Phoenix and Alyssa Badger, and Sammy Aguero.
 Matthew with Phoenix and Alyssa:
 With Kyle Harris:
 Sammy Aguero:
 Time to blow out the candles!

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