Sunday, April 20, 2008

Bennett, The 5 Year Old

I am a little late with Bennett's birthday post, but Jeromy, Ellie and I went on a 2 day jaunt west to go to a homeschooling conference and just got back late last night. Bennett's birthday was on Friday, but we celebrated it on Thursday because the conference was Friday and Saturday. Bad mommy and daddy to be gone on his birthday, I know, but he didn't know the difference.

Bennett was adamant about wanting a surprise birthday party this year, and somehow we pulled it off. I told him that we were taking him over to grandma's house because he was going to stay the weekend with her, which was true, but he didn't know I had made a cake the night before and my mom had decorated for his party. We walked in the door, and he immediately saw the decorations. He looked at me, but wasn't quite sure what was going on because there was no one there. We walked in closer and my mom and dad jumped out and screamed, "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!" He was so scared I thought he would cry, but he managed to keep the tears back and even laughed a little. Once his blood pressure returned to normal, we had a nice celebration. He requested orange chicken, rice, and asparagus for dinner, which everyone enjoyed, and he and Rachel had gluten free cake and soy ice cream for dessert. They seemed to like the cake, but it didn't look very appetizing. It is one thing I have not had gluten free success with.

Bennett opened up all of his presents which included Lincoln logs, a sword and shield, clothes, t-ball, remote control car, some school books, and other assorted goodies. I can't believe I am the mother to a 5 year old. It seems like yesterday that I was in labor for 36 hours and gave birth to a little baby boy who they grabbed out of my arms and poked and prodded because he was having breathing problems. It was a hard start to life, but we are so thankful that he is a strong, healthy boy. We are so privileged to be raising such a smart, future leader, and we strive to be the best parents and support to him we can be. We love you Bennett!


sarah said...

Aww, looks like he had a very special day. (I love that he requested a surprise party...hee hee.) And what a sophisticated menu choice for a 5 year old - orange chicken and asparagus. That's so cool! No burgers and fries for that kid. :)

Samantha said...

He is a foodie, like his mom and dad! He loves Panda Express' orange chicken, so I make a gluten free version that I got from America's Test Kitchen. It is alot of work, so it isn't a regular in my menu rotation! I told him that he had to pick a vegetable, and he chose the asparagus :)

Kristen Borland said...

that's too funny that he asked for a surprise party!