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Saturday, January 12th, 2013 06:29 pm
Drew's fourth birthday was Wednesday. We did presents that night at home, but his party was today. It was a small party - he invited four kids, and three of them declined (two had existing plans, one related to his own birthday, while another had conflicting family needs). He also invited his teacher (who declined, which we expected, because by policy she can lose her job if she chances being alone with any of the kids there - which is bizarre, but I certainly don't want to mess with her job, especially since Drew likes her enough to invite her to his party!), and Uncle John and Aunt Julia (who could come).

Drew asked for Super Heroes, Power Rangers, and Rescue Bots for his party theme. I went with Super Heroes, because that one was easy with the present stuff on the market. LOL. He had a really neat cake (I bought it, not made it, so I can't claim any cool factor other than being able to browse a catalog of cake pictures), and I may post a photo later depending on if I get a good one from Aunt Julia, or if my cell phone one looks okay in any size larger than on the cell phone screen.

He got books and Thomas the Train from his guests today (and boy does he love those), and he and Alex had a lot of fun playing with his Thomas the Train.

And then after the party we went and got him his last gift, the one we told him about on Wednesday but told him he'd have to wait until after his Saturday party to go with us to pick it out.

Drew now has his first bike and bike helmet. He walked into the shop and announced he wanted a pink bike and a pink bike helmet. When shown the bikes in his size, he ignored the pink (half the stock) and immediately latched on to orange, but after trying to ride it around said it didn't feel good. He tried a blue one - it felt good - and we brought it home. Along with a black helmet which he chose, after initially considering a bright lime green. So much for the pink thing, I guess. Hehe.

We got home while there was still a little light, so he rode it a little ways down the sidewalk and back. Pedaling is still a hard concept and he has to work hard to get it right; sometimes he brakes instead of moving. But he does move. Also had his first spill, trying to turn around in the neighbor's driveway. He almost didn't get back on but he let me talk him into getting right back on - and by the time we got back to our driveway, he wasn't scared of the bike any more and didn't want to put it away. Yay for excitement! :)

And for a first day with a pedal bike (day care has some of the walk-powered balance bikes), I think going forward *some* of the time under your own power is pretty good!
Sunday, January 13th, 2013 04:21 am (UTC)
Aw, Happy Birthday to Drew! If it's convenient to do, I'd love to see a picture of him with his new bike, but no pressure. :D
Sunday, January 13th, 2013 05:09 pm (UTC)
Wow that is awesome! I bet he was so proud of himself as well! My daughter is just starting riding her bike without stabilizers so we're right back to day 1 of "don't let go!!" being shouted as she pedals along.
Sunday, January 13th, 2013 02:44 am (UTC)
Awesome! And... I really like the fact that (a) he's not afraid of pink and (b) neither do you seem to be.

It's people like you that give me hope for when I'm old and grey in more than just the beard.
Sunday, January 13th, 2013 04:41 pm (UTC)
All this and the kid has *taste*, too... :) Well done!
Sunday, January 13th, 2013 02:53 am (UTC)
I can't believe he's 4 years old already. Time is flying way too fast.