Today was the day. We celebrated Alex’s 4th birthday with a Monster’s Inc party. It was a bit weird giving his presents so early in December since his birthday is Christmas Eve, but it was hard to make it a real party without presents! It was just a family affair, but Alex had a blast and that’s all that matters
So here are some pics from his awesome party today.
Monster body parts
making his monster
the MU gallery
Mike Wazowski cake
Ready to blow out the candles
masking it up
Megan and the Sully mask
Pass the parcel
playing with his gifts
Today is your birthday party and soon you will turn 4. I thought I’d share some things that may help as you grow.
Watch romantic comedies. You’ll probably hate them, but think of them as instructional videos. Take notes, remember things. Girls love romance.
Guns and swords are fun now but I hope that history will show you they are actually pretty useless at solving problems!
Keep using big words. Being able to articulate yourself clearly is much more important and impressive than crude slang.
Don’t stop cuddling. Don’t stop saying I love you. It’s more masculine and admirable than you can ever imagine.
Be brave. Be yourself even if you are different from everyone else, especially if you are different from everyone else.
Stand up for yourself, your sister and those you care about.
You are an incredibly feisty, charismatic, loving person. Don’t ever change!
Megan is 5 and a half and Alex turns 4 in a few weeks. The list of things they can do by themselves grows longer and longer each day. Sometimes the ‘want’ to do something by themselves takes way longer than getting me to do it, but mostly their independence is a blessing.
Getting ready in the morning takes half the time because they can dress themselves, make their own bed and pull back the curtains. I can make their breakfast and leave them to eat it without needing to supervise, though the odd “Hurry Up” does get used a bit! They can brush their teeth without help, put their dirty dishes in the sink and get their kinder/crèche bags ready. I don’t even need to start a zip on jackets anymore, zips are easy now
They can get a drink for themselves from the fridge, and at the end of the day they can wash themselves in the shower, put dirty clothes in the laundry basket and put clean clothes away in their drawers.
All these little jobs that I used to do for them has freed up things for me so I’m not frantically rushing around after them as much any more. I suppose I should be a bit sad that they don’t need me as much, but I’m not.
The need for me has changed. I’m now needed to play this game or that, explain what a word means or how something works, or reach things high up after they have unsuccessfully tried with stools or chairs. Soon I’ll be helping to do homework each night and solve friendship dramas from school.
It’s nice to know that I have raised children who like to be independent, and feel pride in themselves when they achieve something.
The pool was left out from the hot weather on the weekend…and a blanket of hailstones today! That’s Melbourne Spring weather for you
Hooray, it’s something different for a change It’s not a house!!