ROOAAAAR! That's dinosaur talk for Happy Birthday. We celebrated Allan's birthday last Friday. It began with the Happy Birthday music box and us accompanying the tinkling music with our singing, next cake for breakfast and he got to open a present from Lorelei and Charlie. They gave him a poseable Rex and Woody from Toy Story 3. Our downstairs was decorated with a new birthday banner, balloons and tabletop dinosaur decorations that I drew up special for the occasion. (See his special crown and pin.)
We hurried to get everyone ready to head out to our surprise adventure for the day. Grandma Edith and Aunt Amanda came with us and we met Aunt Angela, Caleb and Elizabeth once we arrived. We took the birthday boy to the Exhibit Museum of Natural History in Ann Arbor. Unlucky for us it was Freshman move in day on campus and the dinosaur floor of the musuem was under some construction. He still loved seeing the dinosaur bones and all sorts of different pre-historic animals. It will be a great place to go back to when they can all read! The other floors showcase stuffed Michigan animals and habitats. All the kids enjoyed seeing the real looking animals.
We took this great picture of all the kids in an antique Indian carved canoe. Lorelei is paddeling it for everyone.
After our tour of the museum we went to lunch at Red Robin. They sang to Allan and we all laughed because his reaction was so funny, head down, pouty look and no eye contact with anyone. The restaurant was a hit with the kids, especially the part where they all got balloons to take home.
Once at home we put Charlie for a nap and Allan tried on his present from Aunt Amanda, an Aladar costume from the Disney movie Dinosaur. He was thrilled and pretended to be a dinosaur by roaring all around the house. He will be wearing it for Halloween and had been questioning me as to when I was going to start sewing him a dinosaur costume. Mom knew it was coming buddy!
Next on to birthday dinner. Allan requested Mickey Mouse shaped pancakes. Steve could be a short-order cook, he made the pancakes such a perfect shape. I added a homemade dinosaur party pick to the pancake to coordinate with the rest of his tabletop decor.
(On a side note, I am hoping to start a new craft blog soon. This dinosaur decor will be available for download for a small fee. You would get .pdf files and be able to print out as many copies as you need for your own dinosaur themed party. The template for the coordinating cake will be available also.)
After dinner we had cake! Allan requested a Triceratops cake this year. Not easy to top last year's Brontosaurus cake, but I think I pulled it off. If only I had more frosting skills, it might help the cake look better… We brought out the cake and we sang and before we even got close to finishing he was already blowing out the candles catching me by surprise and I didn't get any real good photos of the moment.
After dessert presents were next up on the agenda. What theme do you think I went with? Hmmm, dinosaurs it is. Allan got a dinosaur sweatshirt, some coloring books and two blow up dinosaurs (thank you Target dollar bin for making all our dinosaur dreams come true). His big gift was a new toy called GloBonz by Curious Toys. He has played with these everyday since and has requested more to add to the set so he can build more figures. I would say they are something similar to Mr. Potato Head, but are way more creative and fun.
Here is Allan's Top Ten List of things he loves:
2. Building with Duplo Legos.
3. Building towers with random toys that he somehow manages to keep stacked on top of one another.
4. Riding his bicycle outside.
5. Playing with Lorelei and Charlie upstairs.
6. Building forts with blankets and boxes.
7. Eating blueberries frozen and putting them in his oatmeal by the cup full.
8. Acting silly and making up pretend words for objects
9. Being Dad's fix-it helper.
10. Playing in the new clubhouse and having picnic lunches at their table inside.