Andrew had been counting the days until he could be 5 and not 4 1/2.
By the time Andrew's birthday came around, the kids were pros at the present routine.
One of his presents was the very first Nerf gun to enter this household. A right of passage for sure.
A certain two year old was still figuring out it wasn't his birthday. He kept walking around saying, "Where's my bike?" because he had gotten a bike for his birthday a few months before. He was not happy when we reminded him the bike was in the garage.
Another hit was the Lego Star Wars movie. Andrew is really into Star Wars (like most boys his age), but we mostly read the books.
This kid LOVES bacon. He got a shirt that said, "I ate all the bacon by snackcident"
Goodness, I love that smile.
His birthday fell on a Wednesday, so he spent part of his day at school.
For a little birthday celebration, I brought pizza, cheetos, juice boxes and cupcakes to his class for lunch.
Later that afternoon once all the kiddos had been picked up from school, Andrew had Taekwondo (more on that later).
He got a new piece of tape, which is big in TKD world.
We came home and had pre-dinner cupcakes. And don't all mommies LOVE the colorful icing that stains everything within a 5 foot radius? :)
A little bit later my mom came over before dinner and introduced a second nerf gun to the house.
Unfortunately GiGi did not hear our "don't shoot at people" rule and Andrew ended up with a battle wound. This sounds terrible, but it was SO funny (even Andrew was laughing). Apparently the power in these things have changed since my brother was five.
The week before his birthday we discussed dinner options. After explaining the concept of Hibachi to him, he was sold. So off to the Hibachi we went. The Noto clan joined us, which made the night even more festive.
He wanted to start the evening out with "cheers." I'd also like to note that he said he wanted to "sit by Aimee, not you Mom."
We ordered sushi for an appetizer and let the kids try it for the first time.
Unfortunately, this is about as far as the bites went. There's just no good way to disguise seaweed.
After appetizers it was time for the main event. Check out the look on his face. It was worth every penny just for this picture!
Sister Sue was NOT impressed. She was covering her face because she said she didn't want to catch on fire.
Preston was a huge fan of chopsticks. Once the waitress rigged them up for the kids, all three were pretty good at using them.
We sang "Happy Birthday" and my not so little man ate this giant dessert.
He then told us he was going to put on a cooking show.
After we left, Andrew asked if we could eat Hibachi every night for dinner. We all had a blast and it was a great way to spend Andrew's 5th birthday!