Not surprisingly, there is way too much zucchini (and cucumbers). Nathan enjoys cutting it up and making "soup." Don't worry. He cuts with a little kid butter knife. Extra zucchini is a great way to practice cutting up vegetables, don't you think?
Nathan was very impressed with the Olympics. He really enjoyed the swimming and running. It's too late for swimming lessons this year, but it's never too late to get outside running!
We took him down to the local high school track. Jeremy and I were hoping he'd be able to make 1 lap so that we could clap and cheer.
He did. He made FIVE laps. That little guy just kept going! He took a break after 3 laps to take a drink. After the 4th lap, he took a break to do some long jumping. He finished the 5th lap and said he was done running for two whole days. It was so cute.
Elizabeth did a few meters of running. Then, she liked to sit in the stands and cheer us on. After sitting, she discovered running around bleachers. What fun! (And she drank all my water).
Here are some photos.
On your mark, get set...
Nathan doing some long jumping.
Finishing up his 5th lap with Dad.
After run stretching. We were hot and sweaty! This picture doesn't totally show it, but Elizabeth is so go…
Nathan's newest interest is space. Today, he painted a picture of all the planets (including Pluto). He tried to paint them the right colors too. It was so cute! Here is a video of him describing his painting.
We had a fun time celebrating Nathan's 5th birthday! Here are some photos and commentary.
It wouldn't be a birthday party without Kim, Papa Ray, and Papa Norm!
Nathan always sees this game on his other games and always wondered what it was about! As usual, Kim came through and got it for him.
A "Cars" birthday card! Kim didn't even know Nathan's theme was "Cars" and made it anyway! It worked perfectly.
Blowing out his "5" candle. He helped me bake his cake. He wanted a strawberry cake with pink frosting so that is what we made!
Uncle Brian and Auntie Laura hanging out at the party.
Eating his cake.
Elizabeth being goofy.
She ended up covered in cake. Good thing we had the hose out!
Laura and her new little friend Pippa. Pippa is 8 weeks old. Laura just got her yesterday! Pippa is a Goldendoodle. Nathan LOVED Pippa and was very sad when she left. Elizabeth was not a big fan and thought Pippa was going to eat her. Or this was just Elizabeth&…
Auntie Laura's birthday is coming up in a month. I asked the kids what we should get her. Here is what they said:
Nathan: "How about some yarn for her knitting?" Elizabeth: "From Farmer Brown's sheep!!"
After this, Nathan started to look through his room to find things Auntie Laura might like. He found a pack of gum and an old puzzle he doesn't play with. We can just throw in some yarn and I'm sure it will make a great gift.
Today, Nathan was playing with some of his new birthday toys in his room. The phone rang. It was Papa Norm and Grandma Jane calling to wish him a happy birthday. I knocked on the door and here is the cute conversation that happened.
Me: "Nathan, you have a phone call." Nathan (sighs): "I know. People have been calling ALL day."
Nathan is 5 years old today! It's hard to believe he's gotten so big and will be starting his last year of preschool in a few weeks. I don't want to think about him going to kindergarten next year. Here are some recent pictures of him doing some of his favorite things.
He (of course) loves to play. Here he is at the "Playground of Dreams" in Kennewick. It is a super awesome playground. It has a castle and all kinds of hiding spots. He loves to climb and jump!
Throwing rocks in the river. He could throw rocks in the river all day long!
He loves the blue bridge and wants to drive over it every day. As we were here, he saw a moving van drive across the bridge. He also loves moving trucks. He thinks they are awesome and wishes we could move every day.
He loves playing in the water! He says he loves the Tri-Cities more than Spokane because there are more opportunities to do "water stuff." I think it's kind of true actually! He wants to go to the pool every…
There are such great Splash Pads around here! Our favorite is this Splash Pad at Badger Mountain Park in Richland. It is HUGE so there is a lot of room for all the kids. It's never too crowded and Nathan just loves it. Here are some photos of him having fun.