on the 21st of april, our angel gabriel turned four years old! he had such a fun birthday this year, and we all had a great time celebrating him. gabriel is our joy boy and man we love him soooo much!
we kicked off the celebrations with a backyard birthday party a few days before gabe’s actual birthday. he invited all of his preschool friends and some neighbourhood friends and his cousin, and we rented a bounce house! we had gabriel’s favourite snacks, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, and a lot of bouncing. it was pretty exciting!
the night before gabriel officially turned four, moses helped me wrap and set up the presents after gabriel had gone to sleep. then after moses went to sleep, daddy built gabriel his new bike!!
it was pretty fun to watch our little gabe come down from his bedroom into the kitchen to see his spoils, and to see him unwrap everything, all the while heavily encouraged by moses 🙂
after present opening and breakfast, i got to snuggle with gabriel and tell him the story of his birth (i love doing this with my kids on their birthdays!). we also got to ask siri one last time “how many days until april 21st?” (gabriel had asked siri or alexa that pretty much everyday for pretty much three hundred days and the anticipation built and built especially when we got down to the single digits! see the answer we got on this particular morning at the bottom of the screenshot? — “it’s today!”)
then gabriel got to go to his deeply beloved and totally magical preschool, with his birthday badge, birthday crown, and treats for his classmates.
after school we had cake! gabes had requested an ice cream cake with fruit snacks, skittles and sprinkles on top.
i love that i was able to capture the birthday boy protecting. hiscandles from his big brother’s blow haha ^^
the babies were pretty into the cake … especially august!
then we had a babysitter for the babies during their nap so we could take gabriel and moses to nickel city – they. are sooo into that chintzy arcade and had a blast.
and then it was time for gabriel’s birthday tradition – swimming in the birth pool he was born in! this was our first venture outdoors with the birth pool and luckily it was warm enough to take a dip. everyone had so much fun.
i had. to pull up photos of gabriel and i from our last four times in that birth pool!
on to gabe’s request for dinner – sausage and peas – and a little lego lesson with his big brother since he got a cool lego set from his preschool teacher!
the day after gabriel’s bday we went to new york city for a few days. when we got back we took gabe’s new bike out for a spin!
happy fourth birthday, gabriel james!