At breakfast, Grammy made Ian and Alli special pancakes. Grammy made them Mickey shaped. Ian added the strawberry birthday party hats.
For his birthday, just like Alli, he got to pick where to eat dinner. And also like Alli, he picked the Olive Garden.
Ian wanted to go there for the white pasta. Alli wanted the soup. Together they were both very happy for his pick. Ian ate all his and then had more of mine!
Alli ate 2 bowls of soup and then started on the broccoli. She loves her vegetables.
The kids must have made a good impression on our server because she gave us the biggest handful of andes mints I have ever received. That's a lot of chocolate!
For his birthday cake, Ian was very happy to have his own taste test with Nothing Bundt Cakes.
Hey Ian, if we have 3 cakes and 6 candles, how many candles go on each cake?
Ian - 2 candles
You're right. Take a deep breath and blow out those candles.
Wait for it...
Ian - Alli, it's fine you helped me blow out my candles.
Every opportunity to do practical math is a good one. Hey Ian, how many slices should we cut each cake into?
Ian - There's 6 of us, so 6 pieces.
If there's 3 cakes, how many pieces will there be total?
Ian - Um, 12. No, 18! 18 pieces total.
How much cake will everyone get?
Ian - Everybody can eat half a cake.
I like how your mind works buddy.
Of the three he picked, Red Velvet was his favorite, followed by confetti cake, and then lemon.
Being Veterans Day, Ian has been out of school and Alli has been working hard all day to make it special for him.
I heard "Ian, you're the boss." multiple times from her today.
On top of that, she's been making him all sorts of presents. First is the present that she taped up and decorated herself. No surprise that we go through tape very quickly.
She was very excited for him to open it.
Inside are things she knows he'll like. Box tops! He can give these to school so they'll get money!
And a Duffy bear and Alli's stuffed pink horse.
Along with the presents, she must have made him 8 homemade cards.
Plus one she kept from her birthday and re-gave to him.
T got quite a kick out of him reading "Hello Birthday Girl" and "You're Four Years Old".
Reading the card from Grammy and Grandpa.
His favorite color is gold! This bag is very gold and so shiny it's almost a mirror!
Ooh. Lego and Space. I think almost all his presents were STEM and STEAM related.
Coloring pages, stickers, and something new. Tracing Paper! I know we'll have fun with that.
Here's a not so short video clip of him opening presents.
Ian was also chosen this week at school as the Star Student. He gets to make a big poster about himself and share it with the class.