In a few short months, our little guy heads off to kindergarten. All day! (Who got to decide 5-year olds are ready for full day school?! I wanna punch him in the throat!) ;-)
|Ryan just a few days old...this is my favorite picture of the two of us...little did I know that same adorable clinginess (yes, I made up a word) would last five more years!|
|Per his very specific instructions, they had a picture of the Shinkansen train and were blue and white.|
He was so excited to go to school that day (his actual birthday) because my mom had made him a birthday pin to wear, which he insisted he had to wear all day so that everyone would know it was his birthday. And wouldn't you know- the minute he stepped into class his classmates began calling out birthday wishes to him- which made him break out into his classic huge, shy grin. Later that day they sang to him, and classmates were also asked to raise their hand and say what they liked about him. One little boy said with a straight face, "He's very good looking." Hysterical...and I love it!
Later that evening,we took Ry and his cousins to their favorite restaurant (Bubba Gump's) for what has become an annual birthday tradition for Ryan (he loves being serenaded by the wait staff).
|NO ONE could stand unaided for even 2-3 seconds!|
|I sucked!!! I couldn't stop laughing because it was impossible to stop swaying/shaking on the rope!|
|The champion! The only one who could stand for a second or two unaided! But while wearing a tutu and carrying a little umbrella? Highly unlikely! So overall- a loser like the rest of us! :-)|
On Saturday evening, I got a late start on his cake, but was able to make it quickly because the design was very simple.
|The cake started off as two bread loaves so I could get the train shape without having to stack layers (lazy).|
|And because I'm also too lazy to bake a denser type of cake and/or harder royal icing, I used regular cake mix and a thin layer of butter cream (which equals lumpiness...but takes half the time).|
|Ta-da! A Japanese bullet train in less than 2 hours. :-) I also made the bamboo tray in a wood shop class. It was easy because I'm part-Chinese, so bamboo is like putty in my hands. (Oh wait...I think I bought it from Ross last week. Honest mistake.)|
|One of our favorite treats! (Side note: Love aluminum baking cups...have never used them before, but am now a fan. Both our cupcakes and sticky mochi popped right out of them!|
|The bento assembly line in action!|
Pictures don't lie...you can't get a child to fake this much enthusiasm, right? So I think he had a great day, and I hope that someday these pictures put a smile on his face. And even though putting on a party is always a bit stressful...I'd be lying if I said I wasn't already dreaming up Party #6. :-)