This party was with friends. Friends, folks. Not family. These two are growing up entirely too fast.
The invite list consisted of friends and neighbors. 25 to be exact!
Menu – we had a few snacks and cake for the kiddos. “My Gym” as it is called does a great job of organized structured play for the kids. The boys had so much fun!
We didn’t open presents at the gym. When we got home and brought them all inside the boys mysteriously knew what was inside several of them. Just from shaking and lifting and sniffing (and peeking!) I was shocked! As they opened the presents that came from their girl friends I heard “I hope this isn’t something girlie!” Oh boy.
Let’s see. Where do I even begin to document what I want to remember about Prior and Mason as 5 year olds. They still love their mom however I’m currently sharing best friend status with another five year old named Claire in their class. Yes, a GIRL! This happens to be the same girl that Mason held hands with during their Christmas concert in December. At this point I would guess they are “going steady”.
Mason continues to be the more athletic one. He always wants to be throwing or kicking a ball. Prior is the more thoughtful sensitive one. He’s always concerned about following the rules. Once I told them the police wouldn’t like it if they weren’t wearing their seat belts. That statement put the fear of God into Prior and he always makes certain the entire 5 point harness is 100% buckled before we even think about starting the vehicle.
Speaking of car seats. I am officially declaring the “they can buckle themselves” as my favorite milestone. Sure – walking was cool and potty training saved us money on diapers. But the buckling and unbuckling x2 in the dead of winter is miserable. I’m very thankful that the boys are able to do this! Hurray!
If you look closely to the photos of the boys blowing out their candles you’ll see that Prior letting Mason hog the candle blowing. This is life with these two. When it is just the two of them, Mason is the boss. He’s more strong willed. And theres actually very little fighting because disagreements usually end in Prior giving in. Interestingly, when the twins are in a group of friends we find that Prior is more likely to be the leader (first born!)
They hate getting their toe nails cut. I told them if they don’t get cut they could grow into their skin. Prior, the rule follower, has anxiety about that so is very quick to suffer through a nail cutting session.
They’re adjusting very well to having Mack around. They’re really grown up and are very helpful when we ask them to grab something from another room. They’re still napping 1-2 times per week. At their 5 year check up Mason is actually 1 pound and 1 full inch bigger than Prior. This is the first time there’s been a noticeable difference in their size.
I did continue the tradition of using the same rounded cake pans for their individual cakes. 5th year in a row – yeah! It was fun making these ninja turtles. I just made sure we peeled off all the fondant before the boys dug in. The sheet cake was from Jerry’s!
Almost everyone gave the boys something ninja turtle themed. And shockingly there were no repeat gifts. We were shocked! The boys are lucky to have such fun friends.