Then while he was playing with his new toys and changing into his new jammies, Daddy and Gramsy snuck off to pick up a big surprise...
Since Paxton's birthday was on Sunday this year, we decided to celebrate all weekend. Saturday morning, we let him pick breakfast (Whataburger for pancakes) and then we went to the park.
After we had played for a little while, he spied a familiar car. He ran over and saw that it was Gramsy and she had something in her trunk for him! It was a new bike with a basket full of gum! He was so excited to try to ride his bike and have his first gum.
He loved the horn and the bell and the basket, but he really loved the gum. He swallowed the first few pieces, then after a lot of conversation about the importance of spitting it out, he took a piece, chewed twice and spit it out. Apparently there's a learning curve to the whole gum thing.
That night was his birthday dinner with my family. We gave him free range to pick and he chose Mazzio's and then chocolate cupcakes with green frosting so that's what we did.
After dinner, we came back home and let him open his presents from his aunts.
And we sang him happy birthday and he blew out his candles.
OUR NEW VAN!! Paxton could not have been more excited and he totally thought it was a birthday present for him.
We started a new tradition last year of filling the room with balloons while the birthday boy was sleeping, so on Sunday morning, Paxton woke up to balloons everywhere. He was so excited that he piled them all in Porter's bed and hopped in.
He had picked cinnamon rolls for breakfast, but before we could eat, he had to open his presents.
He loved his tractor with a trailer more than anything else but he was excited play with everything.
We let him pick an activity and he chose the Omniplex, so we loaded up in his favorite birthday present...our new van!
He bossed everyone around at the Omniplex and made sure he tackled all his favorite activities.
After awhile he wanted to get back in the new van and get some lunch. We asked him where he wanted to go and expected one of his favorites (Chick-Fil-A or IHOP), but just like he had surprised us the night before by picking Mazzio's, today he picked Arby's.
An older lady was talking to him in line and he told her it was his birthday and he got a new bike from Gramsy and a new van and asked her where her car was...she was really nice to him and showed him where her car was. I just thought it was so cool all day how he knew it was his birthday and felt like a rock star. He told everyone he was four today and it was his birthday.
We went back home and he got to ride his bike and skate while Porter went in for a nap.
During his nap I built his Playmobil hotel we got him and he was excited to play with it when he got up.
We wanted to go somewhere fun for dinner and ended up deciding on Pops. We even let this kid who never has coke to pick out any drink. He picked out a strawberry and loved it.
After dinner we headed home for baths, new jammies and our current bedtime story, "Go Dog Go".
On Thursday we went to GG's house and she gave Paxton a remote control monster truck and a big brother t-shirt. He asked to put his shirt on immediately and spent the rest of the visit slamming his truck into walls and furniture and trying to figure out how to steer. He loves it! He played with it so much that the next morning, the batteries were dead!