Turning 9 this year was big for him - realizing that this is his last year that his age will only have one number. He was excited for months planning his birthday activities - changing his plans almost everyday (wanting to make it perfect). He ended up deciding that on his actual birthday he wanted his "special dinner" to be at his favorite Ethiopian restaurant. So we met his grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins to eat fabulous food, returning to our place for gifts and cake.
Then rather than have a big group of friends over for a party, he chose to have two friends over and have a whole day doing "boy stuff". It was supposed to include mountain biking, but snow and 30 degree weather in the middle of April put a damper on that, so instead they went roller blading, to taco bell, to see "Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2" and then back here for laser tag and cake. The day included lots of sugar, giggling and fun - exactly like he had hoped.
Here are some photos of the two events:
Mulu excited for everyone to come to the restaurant
The whole group
Me, the Johnson kiddos and Cousin Charlie
Mulu & Aaliyah - just too cute not to include
the nice watiress brought him a piece of cake to the table
(you can see Aaliyah and Cousin Charlie "blowing in spirit" behind him)
His requested baseball cake
Him and his buddies after the movie
and yes, another cake (he scored nicely on cakes this year)