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Happy Birthday Little Man!

I can’t believe my little baby is a FOUR YEAR OLD!

He’s gotten so big and so vocal and so smart. He talks up a storm. He has opinions. He has ideas. He’s creative and sweet and has a big heart. And during this tough time that none of us know how to navigate, when mommy was struggling and getting emotional about the stress of our new realities—my big boy came over and said “Mommy? Are you ok? Can I give you hugs and kisses?”

His birthday party was cancelled. He doesn’t understand why the library and the park is closed or why he can’t have a play date with his friends. But we tried our best to make his birthday weekend special and fun. Lots of outdoor time. A hike in the deserted woods. Long walks in our neighborhood. Bike rides.

Sunday we all slept in a bit (which was good because I don’t sleep much these days, just lay away at night with anxiety). We had breakfast and then let Logan open his first present. A helicopter with a volcano and car. Perfect! He loved it.

Then we spent the morning spacing out Facetime calls to the family and opening cards and presents.

Thankful for technology! So we can at least SEE our family. After Logan’s nap we opened the rest of the presents and had cake.

Logan loved it. He got a bunch of presents and he loved the cake and all the Batman stuff! πŸ™‚ Then outside for some sunshine. He rode his bike for a bit and then back inside for some coloring time (Uncle Andy got him a coloring book of reptiles and a regular book about Hawaii geckos!).

One of Logan’s good friends sent him a video singing happy birthday and we FaceTimed with some more family. <3 It was a good day.

Halloween Party

Logan threw a Halloween Party this weekend! It was SO MUCH FUN!

The house was decked out. I might have gone a little overboard. I already had a ton of Halloween decor I’ve collected over the years and then I kind of bought a bunch of new stuff and my friend Debby gave me some decorations she didn’t need anymore!

Logan was a pirate. I was a pumpkin. Michael was a blend of Michael Myers and Jason. πŸ˜€

My parents came down to visit from Seattle. My dad got dressed up too! And Logan was trying on a bunch of different masks. At one point he was Chewbacca/Pirate. LOL

I made a ton of food. Ghost bananas, apple slices, chips, pasta salad, crackers and cheese shaped like Halloween stuff. My friends Debby and Alex contributed some amazing stuff! Vegetarian Quiche “eyeballs” (delicious), cupcakes, ghost cheese pastries and a ghost cake.

And these witches’ hats:

Everything was a huge hit! The witches’ hats were gone in seconds. The red velvet ghost cake was AMAZING!

Beer, wine, cider, random non-alcoholic stuff.

I planned some fun games. We did a Scavenger Hunt (with prizes!). And then I hid a bunch of “ghosts” around the house and the kids had to go find them. The ghosts were small halloween toys wrapped in kleenex with a ghost face drawn on them with a sharpie. Super easy to make and it was fun.

Then we played the above game with bean bags and I had one that was a ghost “dartboard”.

Then we painted and decorated pumpkins.

The kids had a blast! I was so happy everything turned out great. It was really fun. A lot of work, but fun. I don’t know that it will be an annual event, but maybe every other year. πŸ˜‰

Happy Halloween!