We had a little (well maybe not so little) party to celebrate Finn's big day. A bunch of families we love came over, and grandparents and cousins. It was basically the same party we had for him last year but this time I was more prepared and actually got to enjoy it a bit! Plus, the weather cooperated and it was a beautiful day, making a good jumping time on the trampoline and our little play structure. The piñata was a hit. It took a while for these little 5 and unders to make a dent in the old camo jeep but in the end, cousin Michael was the one who ultimately was responsible for the carnage. And the kids descended like vultures for the goodies that spewed out.
|Michael "the destroyer" and a proud King Finn|
|This puppet show stage that hangs from the ceiling was a great birthday gift from friends Thomas, Ramona and Wendy. Finn treated us to an awesome puppet show last night.|
Finn at Five:
*Loves bats, as I mentioned before. And he's gotten Selah in on it too now. They pretend to be bats together. They fly around the house and pretend to hang up-side-down to sleep. Finn insists on being a vampire bat and talks about sucking blood all the time. When I play with him, I'm a cute and furry little fruit bat. Selah's always with me on that one.
*Still has his beads in his hands AT ALL TIMES! In March or April it will have been a whole year of the beads. He's gone through several strands, eventually throwing them away when they get too broken. The strand he is working with at the moment has been broken so many times that now it's a simple line of 10 or 12 beads. He has back-up sets he plays with sometimes. He pretends with his magic beads just as enthusiastically as ever - reliving movie scenes about Jimmy Neutron or The Princess and the Frog. It is really hard to explain unless you've seen Finn in person handling them. He really is in his own world with them, and he's very vocal, retelling stories or singing songs, but if he senses that you are listening in , he'll call you out. It's a solo thing. No one else is invited, no offense. Secretly, I love the beads. The whole situation is so unique.
*Along with the beads, Finn has taken up with a new friend who is with him at all times. It's a snake puppet, Sammy. It's a rubber sort of scary looking anaconda or something. It used to scare the bajeebies out of him when he was younger. But lately he has been embracing all things spooky, so here we are. Beads in one hand, Sammy the scary snake in the other. He sleeps with them both.
*He started playing basketball! Two other girl friends were starting in this league and one's dad is the coach. It's pretty low key, just 1/2 hour a week and a game on Sat morning. It is hilarious! We've had one game already. I think it deserves it's own blog entry. :-)
*Finn is a really good big brother, especially lately. He plays with Selah now more than ever. He tries to teach her things. She likes to help herself to whole apples and mandorine oragnes off the counter all the time, and he follows her around the house making sure she doesn't eat the seeds. (she doesn't...he is just so paranoid about it for some reason.) It's really endearing. They are becoming pretty good friends now. I am SO glad, especially with the huge change approaching with baby #3.
*We've been reading chapter books with Finn this year, and he is loving it. He asks questions all the time. He is so curious. He really liked The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. We are in the middle of The Phantom Tollbooth right now. It's full of play on words and stuff, so it is quite a bit over his head. But he still enjoys it.
*Deep thoughts by Finnegan Jack: "Mom, I don't know which mom I'm going to marry?" I burst out laughing on the inside. But on the outside, I tried to take this question as seriously as he had asked. I told him he didn't have to make that decision for a very long time. Plus, all the moms he knows are already married to their husbands. After some thought, he decided that he would just marry Selah then. I told him he couldn't marry his sister. But he could marry one of his friends some day. Then he went through the list of his girl friends and settled on Ashley. She's 7. And she only lives about 4 blocks away, so he thought that would be convenient since he can't drive yet.
* Next year he starts kindergarten! This blows my mind. Nate and I are in conversations almost daily about where to send him and I'm visiting classrooms checking them all out. We've got a good local school just blocks away, and many of his preschool buddies will go there. We have the awesome charter school where Nate is the principal. And we are looking into a Montessorri charter school pretty close by too. There is so much to consider in making this decision. I think he'll do great wherever he goes though. It's just another reminder of how my baby is growing up! Yikes!
Finn is such a kind person, polite, sensitive, funny, talkative, honest, happy, curious and playful. He is such a special soul. I thank God for him daily. We love our Finnegan Jack.