the day after we got to bear lake (and reunited with family members who we hadn’t seen in two years and who had never met our twins – it was so, so wonderful and more on that is coming in the next post!!) … moses turned five years old!!! it was a pretty epic birthday, surrounded in cousins in a beloved fun place, aaaaand there happened to be a huge party that night – mo’s cousin’s wedding!
moses woke up and unwrapped his present from mom and dad – he was really really hoping for a treasure chest and he got three! during the first months of 2021, moses became really interested in small collectibles and came to love anything shiny or sparkly. the bead and “gem” collection his school teacher had helped him start didn’t have a good place to stay safe, until the birthday treasure chests came along! very exciting. mo was able to show them off to his cousins right away, and launch right into cousin play.
moses had requested a strawberry cake, and it was so fun to have a birthday cake celebration with cousins and aunts and uncles and grandparents!
after checking on the duckling eggs (more coming on that in the next post – moses was sooo excited about it), we set up a piñata to fulfill mo’s birthday tradition (x2 … he’d had a piñata at his birthday party in london but we figured we’d do it again with cousins).
then it was lake time. it was the babies’ first time suiting up for bear lake, and the birthday boy had lots of fun playing in the water and at the beach. there was also lots of setting up going on…
… for ashton and lexy’s wedding, right there on the lawn in front of our bear lake house.
little wedding guests – the twins, and the cousin twins (gabriel and etta were born just five days apart!):
love, love, loved seeing all my nieces and nephews dote over august and eve … especially loved seeing the biggest eyre cousin (max) with the littlest eyre cousin (eve):
i was on the edge of my seat the entire ceremony, thinking at any second our little boys would get really fidgety or loud, but actually moses was completely enthralled by the whole thing – the slow walk down the aisle, the words from my dad the officiator, the vows, the ring exchange, the kiss-the-bride. he really loved it!
and then of course the best part was the confetti exit! we were sitting on the aisle and so moses got to help ian set off a confetti cannon and that was very exciting. what a stunning bride and groom, am i right?!
after a few family photos …
… we headed to the beach pavilion for dinner and moses was just a liiiiiitle excited about the wonders of the kids’ table:
i decided it was a free-for-all, and this was such a treat for the birthday boy 🙂
then the big dance party started!
both moses and gabriel (but especially moses) had a super, super fun time dancing and just taking in all the fun, raucous celebration.
it was a stay-up-late night for the birthday boy (another big treat!) but he did go to sleep, joining his siblings, before the sparkler send-off.
an epic birthday, indeed!! mo had a really tough transition into a totally new life with our big move, so i’m especially glad he had a great birthday.
oh how we love our moses thames, now a whole five years old. his exuberance and wonder and energy and creativity is off the charts, and he is teaching us so much as he is learning so much. he is such a good soul and we are so lucky that he is ours!