On Friday, Nolan turned FIVE! He had been looking forward to his birthday for SO long! He was even singing "Happy Birthday to me" days before September 9 :) We did a few simple celebrations, but we are saving most of the excitement for his party this weekend.
Friday morning, we picked up some birthday donuts (of course) and sang to him :) Later in the day, he got to open a few gifts, and he was so happy and grateful for everything.
Nolan radiates joy, he has a limitless excitement about life, and he is the most intelligent and creative little boy I know. He is outgoing, never stops talking, and he definitely has the strong will of a firstborn. I am so happy to be his mommy! I can't believe it's been five years since I met his sweet face and twinkling brown eyes, but then again, it feels like he's been a part of me forever. Our prayer for Nolan (and E) that we sing every night, "The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you his peace." Today and always.
Our birthday adventure last week was a trip to the bat factory. Nolan's birthday party is going to be baseball-themed, so Mormor decided Nolan needed his first baseball bat :)
We got to watch a piece of wood turn into a bat in just a matter of two or three minutes.
Holding the new, very-smooth bat.
Ephraim wanted to touch and count all of them :)
We went to another floor where they paint, poly, and engrave the bats. This was the paint room.
Mormor and Papa Don bought Nolan a T-ball bat with his name on it! This was our friend Josh engraving it. It was a really cool experience!
Last Tuesday, Nolan started preschool at home! Since he didn't turn five until September, he missed the cut-off for Kindergarten. Academically, he is so ready for K. He has known his alphabet for three years, he can count to 200, and he is just a little sponge. He is eating up the one-on-one time with me in the afternoons, and he will be reading and writing in no time!
I'm adding this one too, since his face was too cute :)
We had a post-birthday excursion on Saturday to get ice cream. At this cow-themed joint, all four of us can get ice cream for under $5! Penn State Creamery's "Death by Chocolate" is always a good choice :)
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