On January 16th, 2008, Micah turned 4. Yes, it was this last Wednesday that we celebrated in style the momentous occasion when Micah left the Mighty Age of 3 to become a 4 YEAR OLD!

Age 3 has been good (yet often filled with lots of passionate tantrums from this kid). We love our little Micah and regret that he is getting to tall to snuggle on our laps anymore (though he will try with all his might to fit). We are saddened that he outgrew anything size 4 before he ever reached that age. It is incredible that he wears what Isaac outgrew last year. We are amazed that he is still less than five pounds lighter than his big brother who is 3 years and 4 months older. We love how he sings all sorts of songs all day long. Songs that we didn’t even know he had ever heard (“We Will Rock You” by Queen? How did he learn that?). He is the soundtrack of our lives these days.

He was so brave getting his immunizations at his well-child check-up. I don’t ever remember him not crying during that yucky stuff. What a big boy! Also, He ranked in the 95th percentile for height and weight. Not a big surprise to us. He looks 5, not 4, that is for sure!

This was his first year that I decided to give him a birthday party. Did I go overboard this time? Only a little. The party planning started by him choosing his cake. We looked at a ton of websites for ideas and he ended up choosing the campout cake. The great thing about this cake is that it was small. Only one cake mix… meaning no leftover cake for weeks on end!

From there began the inspiration. What goes better with camping than a tent? And acting like wild forest animals? And fishing? And bug scavenging? Since the tent was too big for the living room, we set it up in the garage, which can be dark enough for a flashlight to be really useful. Oh yes, this was the hit of the party. They probably forgot about everything else that happened at the party. All of the kids had a blast running around our garage with a flashlight. They were in and out of the tent shining their lights pretending they had (flash)light sabers, pretending they were looking for critters, fighting off pretend wolves with their lights. They had the best time. None of them wanted to leave! It was great. And the whole party lasted an hour. It was exhausting, and yet it was only an hour! I am not cut out to be a full time party planner. But I sure had fun watching it all happen and orchestrating the events. If you will pay me $$$ I will plan the best party for your child… just make sure I get a nap afterwards as part of the payment!


shannon January 22, 2008 at 11 p.m.

happy birthday Micah!
Hey, can you come be my party planner? Payton turns 5 next week and I want to throw him a "P" party. So far we've got Pinata, cookie Pizzas (the kids decorate them with chocolate frosting & toppings), goodie bags that have Pez, Play-doh, and Pencils. But I'm trying to come up with another activity or two. any ideas?

paint, pirate, pretzel, pin the . . ., potato, I could go on and on.

Ily January 22, 2008 at 11:32 p.m.

Try the Piggie cake. Worked for us last year.

Or even better the Pirate cake.

You could have lots of fun with a pirate theme. Eye-Patches, walking the Plank (2" by 4" board over a blue tablecloth representing water but much less wet this time of year)... just check out this website for ideas.

Also try

These websites make you look like a super genius, when you really are just a genius. All the ideas are great. I prefer the Family Fun website, less advertising and a better layout for my brain to comprehend I think.

Good luck with your party Shannon! We may have to crash it!

Ily January 23, 2008 at 8:50 a.m.

Shannon, I forgot to add Happy Birthday to Payton! I hope he loves being 5! And the best bit is that he gets to start school next year! Wahoo!

Julie January 23, 2008 at 6:43 p.m.

I can't wait to see this cake you made!