William and George: 5th Birthday Interviews

We celebrated the boys' birthdays in their classes the day before we left for New York. They decided on Lucky Charms as their birthday treat and wow, it was a hit! I figured many of these SF kids had never tasted Lucky Charms and I think I was right. I was helping in George's class so when the kids kept asking for more, we limited it to 2 bowls. Dave was in William's class and they finished the box ;)

Part of the birthday visit is for one of the parents to read a book or two of the kid's choosing before the birthday treat. Dave read The Bad Seed and Willow to William's class. The night before the celebration as we were gathering books, George told me that he wanted to read his favorite, Road Car Race, a Berenstain Bear book. I actually enjoy Berenstain Bear books but this one is my least favorite, and now I know why it's G's favorite. It uses very basic language, so G has pretty much memorized it and can 'read' it to us. He read it over that night but I wasn't sure how the next day would go. When we got to his class, I asked him if he still wanted to read it and he said yes. I asked him if he wanted me to hold it as he read it and he said no, so we set him up in the front, and I hung back taking a 7-minute video of the whole thing. It was very cute. The kids were super antsy but George made it through the whole book. We had to remind him to show the pictures and occasionally to speak a little louder but he got the whole story. He told me a few days later that he was a bit shy to be in front of everyone but I was impressed that he came up with that idea and followed through with it on his own. I was emailing with his teacher later that day and she shared, 'it was especially incredible to have George read to us today.  I know he is very much a book lover, but this was something I didn't expect.  Too, for him to take center stage like he did, and even risk being a little vulnerable.  Kudos George!  While he was reading, I couldn't help but think of the young fellow that began the school year.  He has grown and matured so very much. You must be proud!'. Of course, Coco loved being a part of it all and sitting at the big kids table with her bowl of cereal.

Beyond the trip to New York, we didn't do much other celebrating. The lego box they each picked out was waiting for them when we got back from NYC and they got a few other gifts from family. We didn't do a birthday dinner or a birthday party, though I did decorate their room in NYC so they woke up to the surprise. Although a trip to NYC may seem extravagant for a young birthday (and it is), I had really been wanting to do the trip with just the two of them and the timing just seemed right. Dave and I are also big on experiences versus things and are hoping the boys appreciate the same. They've never had a birthday party where they got lots of presents (though they are at the age when they're realizing this and want the presents) but honestly, I'm still overwhelmed at the thought of what people do with all that stuff. We had a great time celebrating them and spending that special time with just our big kids and though at times it certainly didn't seem like they appreciated it, I hope they come to realize that more with practice.

Annual Birthday Interviews:

Best Friend: Elle
Favorite Food: Steak
Favorite Treat: Lemon ice cream
Favorite Toy: Legos
Favorite Book: any Berenstain Bears
Favorite Show: Lego shows on youtube
Favorite Song: any Blippi song
Favorite Animal: Giraffe
Favorite Place to Visit: Train Town
Favorite thing to do with Mom: Read stories
Favorite thing to do with Dad: Watch shows
Favorite thing to do with Colette: Give her hugs and kisses
What do you want to be when you grow up? Construction worker
What makes you happy? Shows
What makes you mad? When William hits me
What are you really good at? Making stuff, building
If you had one wish, what would it be? That I'd be a construction worker when I grow up
What was your best day of being 4 years old? Train Town

Best Friend: Grant
Favorite Food: Ribs
Favorite Treat: Gumball
Favorite Toy: Legos
Favorite Book: Jack and the Beanstock
Favorite Show: Sword and the Stone
Favorite Song: My Stories playlist
Favorite Animal: Grasshopper
Favorite Place to Visit: Disneyworld
Favorite thing to do with Mom: Going swimming
Favorite thing to do with Dad: Playing with Dad
Favorite thing to do with Colette: Snuggle her
What do you want to be when you grow up? Doctor
What makes you happy? Getting a hug from Coco
What makes you mad? George getting something that I want
What are you really good at? Biking
If you had one wish, what would it be? To have a sword and stone
What was your best day of being 4 years old? My birthday

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