By way of celebration of his actual birthday, how about a photo recap of Nathan's previous year?
I'm just going to make it simple and give you a bunch of photos from our day.
"Mommy... Daddy... Do people die?"
Nathan asked us this the other day. It caught us completely off-guard and blew our minds.
Sometimes Nathan is an open book. You know what he thinks and means with no question whatsoever. He's simple.
I know the actual day is still more than three weeks away, but today we celebrated Nathan's birthday with a pool party before it closes for the season.
We finally got Nathan his first big-boy bike today. We'd been hemming and hawing for a while about it. Mostly because he didn't express any interest in a bike anytime we tried to get him to take a look at them in the past. Then there was the fact that he has practically never used his big wheels, scooter, or tricycle. He just didn't. So we didn't.
Nathan seems to have his first crush.
Next month, he turns five.
What the what?!?!
As you may or may not recall, Nathan was totally into Thomas trains for the longest time. Classic Wooden, Take 'n' Play diecast, mechanized Trackmaster, and Mini.
There's nothing that quite compares to having to clean a sport bottle from your kiddo...
I need your help with something.
After a couple weeks of nothing but LEGO movies including the feature film as well as Batman and Scooby Doo variants, we felt it was time for a detox.
Before I get into the guts of this post, I have to wish a happy birthday to my mom who turns... I'll stop myself there. Happy birthday, mom!
Happy Mother's Day to all the mommies, grandmas, great-grandmas, and caregivers out there.
"Daddy, you take me to school tomorrow," Nathan said to me the other day.
The other day, as I was loading Nathan into his booster seat in my car, he just randomly asks me, "Daddy, will you teach me how to play baseball?"
I found some old USB thumb drives in my desk drawer and was about to throw them out because they were really low capacity. Kinda pointless to keep them when they're low, right?
Nathan has become a junkie for LEGO Batman blind bag minifigures. He currently has all but one of them after working to earn them via good behavior and improvement in swimming lessons.
Sorry, but I've got nothing today. Instead of leaving you high and dry, I'm giving you a sweet little picture of Nathan with his cousin E at her first birthday party last weekend.
You remember how I told you that Nathan was obsessed with the soundtrack from Trolls? Well, that obsession transferred to a couple tracks from the film Sing.
Before Christmas last year, Katie and I had implemented the good ol' "Why don't you put it on your Christmas list?" method when he wanted something we didn't feel like buying. It actually made him happy to hear that we weren't completely shooting him down and it kept our bank account from revolting against us. And, a vast majority of the time, he'd forget what he wanted anyway so win-win!
When I went up to Nathan's daycare to pick him up after work, I noticed that his caregiver was sitting at the kitchen table counting a big stack of singles.
As the father of a young son (I have told you all about him, right?), I have been introduced to a lot more children's television programming than since the time when I was my father's own young son. And my how things have changed.
Did I mention Nathan had his first dentist appointment a couple weeks ago?
Either whiffing glue is back in fashion or they've discovered a way to make meth using Elmer's glue because I'll be damned if I can find it anywhere these days.
Nathan has gotten into superheroes in a big way. TV shows, movies, books, toys. You name it. No, it's not the only thing he's into but it has consumed a rather large part of his young life.
Due to his watching of toy review shows on YouTube, Nathan has become enamored of D.C. Comics Batman villains. One of the items regularly reviewed are Mashems and he loves them.
We interrupt your regularly scheduled blog post to bring you this very special episode of "Kids... Where Do They Learn This Stuff?" (I don't want to use the Bill Cosby trademark and potentially be forced to fund his legal defense fund).