Friday, March 21, 2014

Cooper's 4th Birthday

We celebrated a little differently this year.

We spent the night before his birthday at a friends house, who was out of town, and who needed some help with her girls in the morning. Well, God sent a snow storm that night and school was cancelled for the girls! So, in the morning we all ate some cereal together, and then they all had a cupcake for breakfast dessert. And they gave him a gift. What guy doesn't want to be surrounded by 4 older, beautiful girls on his birthday?

Andrew took the day off. A big step in the life of Andrew Sale. He realized how quickly time is going. He realized Cooper was really going to be four. We had a conversation one night about how he usually saves his days off for something "important" and he realized that something important was going to be eighteen one day and walking out our door. So, take off the day he did. (Thanks for loving Cooper in that way, babe.

Cooper's love language is quality time. So, we planned to just spend the day, doing things with him. I came up with the idea to put each activity to a little rhyme, and before we did anything, he got an index card that told him what we were going to do next. I put all the cards together and drew a picture on the back so that when he got all his pieces, he could put them together like a puzzle.

Wouldn't you know it - - - he was more interested in collecting the pictures than he was hearing what was next. #stinker #helovesmarioandluigi

So, Cooper's activities were:
  • Donut with his animal friends
  • A ride in his new seat.
  • A hunt in target for a new game.
  • Playing that game and lunch at Chick-fil-A
  • Lego Movie and Lego movie book.
  • Vanilla Milk from Starbucks
  • A new TMNT toy from Toys R Us.
  • Spaghetti Dinner
  • Cake. 

It was great to spend the day with him.

It was also great to see how loved he is. Many of you wrote to him on Facebook to say happy birthday. We also got a video message from two of his friends, some phone calls where people sang to him and some cards. It makes my mama heart so happy to see how he is loved. 

One of my favorite parts of the day was hearing him verbalize while he was trying to figure out the whole birthday thing. 
"I don't feel different."
"I don't feel four."
"Do I go to preschool now?"
"My legs are longer?"
"Do I talk different?"
"I've never been four before."

Thanks to those of you who helped us celebrate Cooper this year, through being with us, through your cards, videos, messages, and through your face time calls. We love you. We're thankful for you.