Tuesday December 28, 2010

“It’s my birthday and I can do whatever I want!”.  That’s what he said to us the morning of his birthday.  “No Gideon, not exactly…”

Gideon was born the day after Christmas, which is kind of a tough day for a little guy to have a birthday (for all the obvious reasons), but we celebrated it in grand style because turning 4 is pretty special.  Since his birthday fell on a Sunday we waited until Monday to have his party.  He loved squeezing every minute out of those two days.  Monday morning we loaded six kids into Grandma and Grandpa W.’s car, and took off for Sacramento.  Our first stop was the Lego store.  I forgot my camera in the car.  As it turned out navigating the kids through the mall, helping them select legos in their price range, and then standing in the long post-holiday line; took all our concentration anyway.

After the mall it was time to feed the hungry brood so we found a McDonald’s and loaded up on McNuggets and fries.

Right here… this was it… the quietest moment of the day   Actually, all of the kids did great. 

He opened his presents and then it was off to the big destination of the day~

I love this picture!  Justin and his gaggle.

We were not the only ones who decided that the Train Museum was a great holiday get-away.  The line to buy tickets stretched out the door.  Keeping 6 excited kiddos in line is not possible, but they had fun looking at the Christmas train parked in the entry of the museum.

The giant miniature train set inspired a moment of stunned awe.  They all just stood in front of it with wide eyes and open mouths.

After the museum tour and train movie their little legs were aching for a stretch.  Justin and I thought it would be wise to let them burn off a little energy before the long, cramped ride home.  They loved running down the abandoned tracks.

It was a gorgeous day.

We dropped the happy, tired cousins off at their homes and finished the day up with dinner at our favorite taco truck. 

The grandparents came later that night with cupcakes and more presents.  Gideon beamed his happy smile while we sang him “Happy Birthday”.  He’s a great little guy and I feel so tremendously blessed to be his mother.

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