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A boy and his robot. And a freaky Star Wars guy glaring from the pillowcase.

A boy and his robot. And a freaky Star Wars guy glaring from the pillowcase.

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Ready to Hero Up

Ready to Hero Up

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Geeking out with Disney Infinity.

Geeking out with Disney Infinity.

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Had a great day yesterday at Museum of Science and Industry with my birthday boys.

Had a great day yesterday at Museum of Science and Industry with my birthday boys.

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Maybe a little overwhelmed at the staff singing a birthday song.

Maybe a little overwhelmed at the staff singing a birthday song.

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Birthday donuts!

Birthday donuts!

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Happy 5th Birthday Justin!

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Happy Birthday to my Special Justin. I know I say it all the time, but I can’t believe how fast you’ve grown and how big you are now. You were my tiny little baby, the one who was never on the growth chart as an infant, and now you’re the tallest kid in your class! You have also grown up so much this year in your personality and your incredible desire to know all things. You ask so many questions I am joke I answer 100 questions by 9 a.m. You have a expansive vocabulary and even invent words that sound like they should be actual words and question why they aren’t. You amaze me daily with your profound, thoughtful comments and questions. I love seeing you learn to write and starting to sound out words. 

It hasn’t been easy for you the past year, being separated from your brother in a different school and now in a new school but still in separate classes. You are doing great making friends and I am so proud of you. I have loved seeing you gain confidence and respect through Taekwondo and I hope you will continue to excel and challenge yourself. Your teachers have told me how much they enjoy you in class.

You are a sweet, kind and sensitive boy. I feel lucky to be your Mom. I love the little special time we get together sometimes, you are such an enthusiastic helper when I have errands to run and you were the best helper in our vegetable garden this summer! I have never seen anyone who loves tomatoes as much as you do, and I don’t know why I am surprised when you eat a pound of them in one sitting. You make me laugh every single day.  

Your encyclopedic knowledge of superheroes is truly amazing. I am in awe of how many details you remember and I can’t wait until you can start reading books and comic books and truly get into those worlds though books. Every once in a while you remember something from long ago, something obscure but very detailed, like someone who was behind us in line at a ride last year at Disney or a place we went when you were two. It blows me away.

I hope you have a wonderful Birthday, I can’t believe you are already FIVE! Next year you will be off to Kindergarten and I can’t wait to see what adventures await for you, five-year-old. You are a wonderful son and brother and I love you.

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Happy 5th Birthday Joshua!

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My Dear, Sweet Joshua! Happy 5th Birthday. Your smile is one of my favorite things in life. I love to see how your whole face lights up. It has been truly humbling to see how much you’ve grown and changed this year. You work so hard at school and taekwondo, things that come easy for some you really work and I am so proud of you. I know it is not easy sometimes, and certainly not always fun, but seeing you succeed is incredible. I cannot describe how proud I am that on your very first taekwondo belt test you were chosen as one of the top students and given a special medal. My little boy who was a meltdown-waiting-to-happen at age 3 is the top student at age 5. I hope you will continue to work hard and know that you have the support of your family, always.

Your favorite color is blue and has been for some time. It is always your first choice in everything, and you seem to have claimed it as your own in all instances. Your favorite foods are mostly beige and crunchy: crackers, bread, croutons, cookies but you’re becoming more willing to try new things, even if your initial thought is that it is disgusting. You love playing outside and going to the park. Your cuteness is your superpower, you are sweet and polite cuddly and adorable. 

I love seeing the crazy things you bring to your bed, your collections and the little nest you build for yourself at night. You are so fixated on your special notes: thank you notes, birthday cards, random post-its you find and make me write lists. I can’t wait until you can read and write and can write notes of your own.You can be so caring and sensitive with your toys, and I love that you play princesses right along with your superheroes and sleep with your baby. You are getting better about controlling your impulses to smash and throw toys, and developing more patience to sit for longer periods and play. You are going to have so much fun with Legos and other big-kid toys now that your imagination is exploding. 

The flip-side of that imagination is that you have been having bad dreams for months and it is heartbreaking to hear you cry out every night, so afraid, but I am proud of you for bring brave and staying in your big boy bed which I know isn’t easy. But like so many things in your life you are going to succeed. 

I cannot wait to see what five brings for you. I am excited and nervous for you to start Kindergarten next year, and I love to see how much you enjoy school and making friends. You are an awesome son and brother and I am lucky to be your Mom. I love you.

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Super Heroic 5th Birthday Party

The 5th Birthday Celebration is a many-day event. Tomorrow is the actual birthday but yesterday we hosted a Super fun birthday party with friends and family, and here are some highlights. While I chose the theme every previous year, this year the boys had opinions. And lots of them. They changed their mind dozens of times, each time it was more outlandish than the theme before. So I finally said “Superheroes it is!” Obviously we have a huge love for Superheroes in this house, and had so much fun with the theme.

I sort of tried to stick with non-specific superhero themes, like comic Pow! and Wham! etc signage and vibrant primary colors. I did throw in some action figures and had some fun naming the food too.

Our food included:

  • Kryptonite Green Jello Jigglers
  • Make a Hero (Sandwich) 
  • Chex Mix made with Avengers shaped Cheese Crackers
  • POPCorn (drizzled with white chocolate and multi-sprinkles)
  • Hulk PUNCH
As has become tradition, the cake came from my friend Amanda, who has made all the amazing cakes for every birthday we’ve celebrated. This year she has a baby of her own who was sick all weekend, so it was extra awesome she took the time to make the Super 5 cake (and as always, it was delicious) And of course I made them shirts and special Birthday Boy capes.
 
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I got online to order some prints to put up of the boys individually and together in their capes and when I was on Walgreens.com I saw they had banners for same-day pickup. I designed the banner, used a 50% off in-store print coupon and had Jeff pick it up within about 90 minutes. It turned out awesome and really looked great with our $1 store balloons and the cake.
 
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The boys helped me make this Photo Booth wall from roll paper we got at the craft store. The stars and black were two separate rolls, I cut the building shapes and they stuck the windows on. It was a perfect backdrop for superhero photos.
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In Lieu of goodie bags this year, we did a crafty project instead. I made two dozen capes and got a ton of self-adhesive felt stickers and letters. Each kid got to decorate their own capes, they picked the color and whatever they wanted to add. It kept them all busy for quite a while. They also had paper masks they could add stickers to as well.
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Cake time! We started the tradition of signing to each boy individually when they were one and have done it like that every year, we just switch who goes first. This year they actually brought it up, Joshua said he wanted people to sing to him and not Justin. So we sang twice. (But he blew out Justin’s candles too.)
 
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The last bit of fun was the piñata. Both boys asked for a piñata separately, it was the one thing they agreed on from the start of planning. We decided to stick with the Superhero theme and use Thor’s Hammer Mjolnir to break it open. However, the hammer was too light weight, the 4-5 year olds a little to gentle and the piñata was evidently made of armored cardboard so it took a VERY long time to break it. After many, many rounds the 8-year-old neighbor kid finally broke it open. 
 
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Last but not least they tore through their pile of presents, which of course was a ton of fun. They got so many cool gifts: Books, Shirts, Legos, Superheroes, Disney Infinity (which they have been obsessed with for months despite never having played video games.) 
 
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Before bed we had them pose with the photo wall with Uncle Brian’s dog, Oak. Who got a cape too, naturally.
 
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Have a SUPER birthday, guys, and big thanks to everyone who came and made it a great party!
 
 
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5th Birthday Party is in the books. These two had a great time partying it up.

5th Birthday Party is in the books. These two had a great time partying it up.

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