Ricky is FIVE! It is amazing how fast five years can fly by when you are a parent. It feels like it was just yesterday that I held my beautiful baby boy for the first time… yet, it’s also hard to remember life before holding him that first time. The last five years have been the most blessed years of my life. Anyway, before I get too choked up and sentimental, I’ll get on to the pictures and the story of Ricky’s 5th Birthday Party err, Celebration!
Ricky received a BIG surprise for his birthday!
I decided I would make a Mickey Cake to go along with his birthday gift.
We have a tradition that started a few years back … Ricky loves to wake up to a big surprise of seeing his cake for the first time. This year, he was awake while I was making it, but every time he would walk into or past the kitchen, he would cover his eyes as he didn’t want to ruin the surprise. While he caught glimpses of it here and there throughout the morning, here he is seeing the official finished product for the first time:
Because of his big gift, we decided not to have a party this year. Although we weren’t going to have a big party we wanted to have a little celebration. We’d have cake and he would invite a friend or two to do something fun for the afternoon. So, please, don’t let these next pictures fool you… this was NOT a party. Because well, you know, we agreed, “no party this year.”
I tried, I really did. But I am being dead serious when I tell you, Mickey Mouse is everywhere! Every time I turned around I saw another perfect party accessory.
The past two years have been torture to find anything remotely related to his party theme. Last year I visited every McDonalds’s in Northern Utah attempting to get each Alvin and the Chipmunk character from the happy meals and the year before I was on a wild goose chase for bug related stuff in January! This was just too easy to resist. So I gave in! I mean how could I resist when I ran into Mickey Mouse cheese while randomly grocery shopping … seriously?!?
So a great day was planned! Here is the birthday boy ready to head on out for some fun activities, clad in his “FIVE” gear.
We did a little bowling. Gotta love 5 year old bowling techniques:
We were a little worried about how Ricky would react to bowling for real since he has made it to “Pro” level on the Wii and actually really understands the game quite well. He was a great sport and although he didn’t get any strikes, he did get a few spares and was ecstatic! (I loved how supportive the boys were of each other!)
We golfed a little. Gotta love 5 year old golf techniques even more! Why bother taking turns or letting the ball stop rolling?
We lucked out with an absolutely beautiful day before tons of snow hit!
And we did a little Go Kart Racing:
And we ate a lot of cake! It was a wonderful day with lots of wishes come true.
This little man was completely zonked out at 6:30 pm for the night!
We love you Ricky!
Mommy and Daddy