The time has come when our little Mason Man has decided to grow up and become a little boy. As of this morning at 9:37 our baby turned 4. It is truly amazing how fast 4 years has gone by. I can’t remember life before Mason and I don’t know how I was ever complete without his smile, laugh and absolute cuteness.
In honor of the big boys birthday we threw an everything batman party. We spent all day Saturday running last minute errands, decorating, cleaning and getting dressed up for the big night. Mason had selected his guest list with all of his “friends” and was super excited to share his big birthday with all of them. His guest list included grandparents, aunts and uncles, and other family.
The decorations were pretty simple. Batman is easy because as long as there is black and yellow pasted everywhere, the theme just works. I took some 99 cent plastic tablecloths from walmart and used the to create some dimension and a cool backdrop in front of the curtains. My original thought was to use that as a picture background but by the end of the party Batman was getting cranky and pictures with guests just didn’t happen. Balloons are always an obvious decorative choice and came in handy when both kids and adults needed to be occupied. I made each guest a batman mug to thank them for coming to the party and such a support in Mason’s life. I was glad they were such a hit.
Batman had asked us to dress up for the party and what started out as really good intentions ended up in just basic stuff. Originally, we were hoping to all dress up as different characters but time got away from us and so we settled for batman shirts and me as Catwoman. Mason loved It, though, and called me Catwoman the rest of the night. When he first saw me he said, “Catwoman, you look sooo pretty. I love you mommy.” Definitely made my night!!
The best purchase I made was the long balloons made for creating animals and other shapes. We had our own personal clowns and discovered that many people in our families have quite a talent for making balloon creations. I’m pretty sure the adults were more enamored with the long balloons than the kids, but they served as good swords for the little munchkins. The bonus to the balloons was that it was impossible to doze off considering one popped every 15 minutes or so. It was like a gunshot going off in our ears so it was pretty pertinent everyone stay awake so they didn’t die of a heart attack.
Batman’s favorite part was of course opening up presents. He got a great mix of toys, games, books, movies and puzzles and has been enamored ever since. It wasn’t until today that he actually stopped and looked at what he got since ripping wrapping paper is way more fun than the actual present.
After presents we blew out candles and feasted on cake and ice cream. Eating cake is always my favorite part because everyone has to spend the rest of the night with blue teeth, tongues and lips. For some reason it just makes everything funnier.
To end the night we played a mean game of pin the tail on the donkey and had a silly string war! I don’t think any of us actually won but it was still fun. However, I did learn that my vestibular system could really use some work. After 3 spins I felt like I was gonna fall on the floor from dizziness. Wowza!!
After the party was over, Alfred delivered Bruce Wayne his felt Halloween pajamas and put him to bed. All that celebration just wore Batman out and it was time to call it a day. He was literally asleep, with a smile on his face, within 2 minutes of hitting the cotton pillow. I’d say it was a success.
My sister and Austin stayed until 3:00 this morning catching up and talking so we continued our celebration well into the night. This morning we got up after 5 hours of sleep made blueberry pancakes, per birthday boy request, and drove down to Silver Dollar City. We ate and walked around the park until the boys stopped to play in the ball house. We stayed there for about 30 minutes before succumbing to our exhaustion and heading home. We gave it a good effort but we were all just to exhausted from yesterday’s festivities to really participate in the awesomeness of SDC. However, it was not all a lost cause. The boys got slushies on the way home and so they didn’t even notice we had left so quickly.
Part of me was hoping today wouldn’t come because it’s a bittersweet day when our kids get older. On the one hand I’m so proud of them but yet am sad that time is flying by so quickly. I know they are little for such a short time and each year I feel those years slipping away.
When I was pregnant with Mason I wished for a girl and longed for pink dresses, bows and ruffled tights. Now, I am so thankful I was blessed with batman. He has been the most perfect child in every way and has brought so much joy into our home. He is the goofy one, the comedian, and the one that will cause me all sorts of stress as a teenager. I’m glad Logan has him as a best friend and a brother and that me and Jared get to call him our son. Truly thankful!!
We love you so much and hope you had the best birthday ever! Happy birthday big boy!