In May, T-Ball wrapped up. We had a big tournament at the Alpenrose Dairy. The game went like many others, but what was especially cool was the little racetrack they had there. Moms and I ate lunch and watched a few cars spin around the track. Sign me UP! (Moms says no....Dad???)
Ready for my Close Up
You know that old expression "herding cats"? Yeah, that's easier than herding T-Ball players as it turns out.
2nd Party in one day: even I could tell I had too much sugar
Saturdays in Spring of 2014 were busy: swim lessons and T-Ball at least, and sometimes we added a party or movie into the mix. On one particular Saturday in May we had TWO birthday parties. Tough to know who was more wiped: me or Moms. I do know only one of us had to change clothes in the car.....
Walter's SuperHero party
But let's face it. In May, there's only ONE BIRTHDAY that matters... Mine, Mine, MINE!!!!
Grandpa carved me this whistle...
...which was attached to this walking stick he ALSO carved for me!
At the Beach with my Cousins!
Doc's Tavern sells baseball hats: I think this is the beginning of a beautiful tradition
It's kind of exciting
Birthday Bumper Cars
Katy & Auntie Feather try to chase down me and my Pops
First the chaser, then the one being chased
Tilt-a-Whirl! I loved it. My parents and Auntie Feather? Not as much.....
It's me and JAKE, the Alligator Man!!!!!
We got back home and instead of sitting around the house, we decided to go for a nice walk up to Pittock Mansion.
It was cool, but next time let's pack a picnic and stay a while, huh?
I'm almost as tall as my Dad! (Thanks retaining wall!)
Even though my birthday is in May, we had my first really-big-official-birthday-party-ever in June. It's not every day you celebrate surviving half of a decade!
Since I was WAY into The Lego Movie, that's what we did for my birthday. Moms fell down her first Pinterest rabbit hole (which may explain why she is telling me that we will only do a party like this once every 5 years) and we rented out a room at the Academy Theatre in Portland. All my friends from school were there, along with my cousins Ava & Legend, and my buddy Jack!
Moms forgot to photograph the Lego-themed invites and gift bags, but here are some pictures of the movie-themed cupcakes she made. Four different varieties (which, now that I think about it, why not FIVE for a FIVE-YEAR-OLD's party? Lost opportunity for thematic consistency, there, lady!) Enjoy.
I should mention how integral Granny was to this process: it involved a slumber party at her place and she and Gramps worked hard too!
Cloud Cuckoo Land Cupcakes
It's the Piece of Resistance!
The Old West
Bricksburg $37 Coffee Cupcakes
YOU try taking a photo in dim light of a bunch of 5 year olds hopped up on sugar!
HBD to ME!
Next up, a trip to Salem with Moms and Gramps to see the dedication of Oregon's WWII Memorial on the State Capitol grounds.
Just your average Friday afternoon, right?
Even though I'm not in this photo, I concede it is impressive
Gramps. The Flag. Yours Truly.
I don't want to say I'm "famous" per se, but I did make the local paper's online edition on accounta my cuteness
Moms wanted to take a picture with me in front of this motorcycle for my Pops
Meanwhile, I wanted this perfect composition photo with the Capitol in the background (though I could do without all those other people)
Mercifully, Spring T-Ball came to an end in June.
It's possible Moms signed me up for that a hair too early.
I think you'd be hard-pressed to find someone more helpful than me in the grocery store
On the plus side, the end-of-season bbq featured this Maxwell-Lookalike so we sent this picture to Pops to see if he'd bring home a dog (we failed)
In addition to my T-Ball season coming to an end, another of our journeys wrapped up as well:
POPS EARNED HIS MBA!
(AND he's now an official Oregon Duck!)
Moms and I were so proud of him for sticking to it for two whole years. We missed him every-other-Saturday while he went to class, but in the end, I think we can all agree: it was worth it.
We can agree to that, can't we, Pops?
Not going to lie, the best part about this "graduation" was the Ben and Jerry's cake I picked out for Pops to help him celebrate
Hey-OOOOOOOOOOO! Getting his Oregon Diploma! QUACK.
I cannot wait to recreate this at my HS Graduation. Start lifting weights now, Dude.
Another fun day in June: Bryson and I took our Momssss to OMSI!
We toured the submarine onsite. It was cool. But I wouldn't want to live on one if I were much taller than I am here.
We unofficially celebrated my birthday (that's the 3rd celebration, if you're keeping track!)
Field Trip to the ZOO!!!!
Baby Lions eating snacks off a wall. If you look closely, you can see the reflection of my friends and I in awe
Love my F&F buds
Here kitty kitty kitty
The Construction Worker
Kid at Fountain
Pops' Frat Brother, Mr. Eric, was the lucky groom
Me and Moms
Moms taught me where Shish-ka-Berries is in the park
Pops taught me some things about baseball
I mean, come on: have you ever seen a happier kid...?
Well, the sugar high was fun while it lasted, anyway