Ten days after we brought LJ home from the hospital, my firstborn baby turned four. FOUR. You might as well tell me that he turned thirty seven because he is literally growing like a weed on steroid fertilizer. Sometimes I look at him and want to push the ‘growing’ switch to OFF. And when I say sometimes, I mean all the time. And then I will swaddle him in a giant snuggie and kiss his entire face. That’s my idea of a fun afternoon.
His idea of a fun afternoon involved an orange soda and a train. Yup…that’s what he requested for his fourth birthday. Pretty simple…and very very him.
We decided that Stone Mountain would be the perfect spot for the family celebration. It had a train after all and that was 50% of the birthday requests.
Stone Mountain is a giant piece of granite. It’s just one gigantic rock. And it has a carving. When I was younger the park had very little in terms of ‘entertainment’. In more recent years it was bought by a private company that added more ‘theme’ park type attractions. It has a really cute ‘town’ that has glass blowing, a 4D theatre, a mini golf course, a ropes course and a ‘barn’ building that is AIR CONDITIONED (that’s important here in the south) and is filled with balls for kids to beam at each other.
The train is a short ride (five miles) around the mountain. It’s not exciting at all (I think they need a couple of train robbers on horseback to shoot up the passengers)…but Will could not be more excited about it.
We pointed at every bird, gasped at every screech of the brakes, and Will kept on telling me that the train was going off the tracks. He must have seen that on Thomas or something.
For lunch, we decided to eat inside the park. Will got his orange soda and basically I felt like a hero for making sure both birthday requests were fulfilled.
The food was a little pricey inside the park (like most theme parks) but the serving size was big so next time I am gonna share with both boys instead of ordering separate meals.
Since his birthday fell on Spring Break week, there was a few extra special events being held at the park….one being a dog show called JUMP! It was pretty amazing how high these pups could get. It hurt my ACL just thinking about jumping that high!
We also picked up a little bit of candy….because you know….it’s candy.
The big surprise for Will was that we were going on the Duck Boat. He didn’t understand what the big deal was until we explained that it was actually a boat.
And that he got to make excessive amounts of noise.
Weston absolutely loved that he got to ride without the constraints of a car seat on the road. I can just imagine what he was thinking “wind in my hair! wind in my hair!”
When it came time to ride into the water, the captain gunned it and made the biggest splash. Weston’s face says it all…
He’s not often concerned but you could see that his entire demeanor changed. It was actually really funny to watch because he isn’t generally cautious.
When the captain asked if anyone was celebrating a birthday, Will was thrilled to say yes. It was a surprise to us all that he got to drive the boat for a solid ten minutes.
I can’t say enough about the captain…she was awesome. I wanted to take her home with me.
See this face? This is the face of extreme EXTREME excitement. This is the face of my stoic little four year old that rarely shows his emotion. The fact that he has a ever-so-slight smile and a thumbs up…it means that his boy mind is exploding.
Me and my boys. Who would have ever thought! I know my LJ is only a month old but honestly I can’t wait to have more babies. I am turning into Michelle Duggar…and I hope I have 19 boys. An army of little guys that I can snuggle till my uterus falls out.
Okay…back to the birthday and the mountain.
The scene from the boat was pretty great. As many years as I have lived here, I have never done the Duck Boat and I am so glad that I can finally check that off the list. It was a totally different way to see the park. I think I may buy a kayak now.
Weston also got a turn at the ship’s wheel….which promptly ended when he started pushing other buttons.
When we got home, we had a little cupcake celebration (yeah…this mommy isn’t baking a cake right after giving birth…although I am sure there are some mama’s out there that do that. Fist pump to ya!).
I love that first pic of him blowing out the candle. I literally feel the oxygen being pulled out of the room.
Hi Baby. This day you turn four. Four years old! You are such a big boy and mommy and daddy are so proud of you. We love you so much and we are so happy that God gave you to us to watch over and teach and train. We love seeing what a great big brother you are learning to be and how well you are doing at school. It is our favorite thing to hear you sing and pray and talk to ‘the babies’. You are all boy and love being with big boys doing big boy things and that makes us so happy. I know that one day you will be leading other men and I pray that you will follow that straight and narrow path. One day Will, things might be hard or sad or scary, and mommy and daddy will always be here for you. You are doing so great with your letters, learning to brush your teeth, make your bed and set the table and with remembering your bible verses and with learning how to play baseball. You are one super helper and try very hard to be a good example for your brothers. We love all those things very much but most importantly, we love that you try very hard to think of others…that you pray for the hungry and the hurting and that you want to give your toys to kids that don’t have any. Will, mommy and daddy love you and want you to remember to give first, build up others and never lose your strong will. And above all, we love you more than you can stretch and so does Jesus.
all my favorite things – mommy