Santa was so sweet, he sat down on the floor thinking it might make the kids more comfortable! We opted for a family pic instead, not exactly what we were planning.
We decided on a low key birthday this year for Mr. Carter. Every year it is a mad rush to get ready for Thanksgiving, then Carter's birthday and then Christmas. I actually think Carter is happier with a smaller crowd anyway. And since his mama doesn't know how to do anything small, we decided on a family birthday and enjoyed every minute of it!
Saturday night we took Carter to his favorite place, Red Robin to let him have a hay day with fries and grilled chicken! Eric even convinced me to let the staff come and sing "happy birthday" to Carter. He hide his head but clapped and smiled after they left. Probably thanking his lucky stars it was over!
Sunday we headed to Bellevue with Grandma & Grandpa Becker to visit Santa and go to dinner. Santa was a big "no thank you"! And mom and dad had to sit in for a picture with Santa. So surprised you can't see the beads of sweat on my face. Just getting Carter to sit on my lap next to the man dressed in red was a workout! Maybe next year! Next we did and little shopping and then headed to Maggiano's for a HUGE yummy dinner!
I honestly can't believe another year has gone by. My first born is 4 years old. He truly amazes me on a daily basis. He is quite the comedian, knows just when to make you laugh. He grew just a tad taller this year and although he is now four, I still look at him and see my little baby. He still melts into my body to snuggle, tucking his arms under mine and wrapping his legs around to get the tightest squeeze he can. And although he hasn't said "Ya know today mom I would really like to. . . the words he does use are celebrated. His favorite sentence is "more milk please"! The kid would live off of milk and fruit if it was up to him. Carter is growing and thriving in all areas of his life and that is all a mama could ask for. His week is filled with fours days of Pre-school, Swim therapy and Hippo-therapy (horseback riding). Time is flying by, it seems like it was last week when I wrote his birth story.
Shortly after Carter was born my dad made us a CD with songs that made him think of us. He put one song on there that literally is the theme song of our lives that plays in my head daily. I never thought a band like Green Day would write a song that could sum up our world but I literally cannot listen to this song without crying. In the song "Good Riddance" he says, "it's something unpredictable but in the end is right, I hope you had the time of your life". Thank you Dad for such a powerful message and song you sent to our family after the birth of our sweet boy.
And Carter I hope you are having the time of your life because I am my son! Love you more then anything in this world baby boy. Happy 4th Birthday!
December 2, 2012