Last night I was up late making these cookies for Oscar to take to school for his birthday. He is FIVE today. Early this morning he climbed into our bed complaining of a tummy ache. When we finally woke up, he didn't even want to get out of bed for presents so we brought the gifts to him.
His big gift is a giant treehouse Mr. H is building in the back yard but that was hard to wrap so I got him a few little things. Some previously used race cars, a tiny lego pack and, of course, a custom piece of art from Lauren to add to his gallery wall.
Second kids get short shrift on everything but I'm so happy I accidentally started a tradition of getting a custom painting each year. This year, we add a crow because it's his favorite bird. Last year was a portrait of "big bunny" (who is in high demand as a snuggle companion today as Oscar lays in bed watching tv and feeling yucky). Before that his scooter, before that, our hen and for his first birthday, cherries, because he was born during cherry season. Sadly our cherry tree was dying so we cut it down this winter but, as I'm typing this, I'm realizing how cool it is that Mr. H is using the cherry tree branches to build the treehouse. Full circle. The little red shoe above was a painting I got from Lauren while pregnant and sort of started it all.
At this point, we've realized Oscar is really sick (he threw up and at 10:45 is still in bed). I've let him know that we'll just celebrate his birthday on Sunday when his family party is being held and he can take the cookies to school on Tuesday. His birthday is officially postponed! I'm not sure he has realized that he will be missing his overnight at the Academy of Sciences. His OTHER big gift (that I won in a drawing over at Hither and Thither so, a big gift, but totally free for us parents). His sister will go in his stead so lucky her!
Since I can't go out I've ordered birthday cake ingredients on Amazon Prime Now so I'm home avoiding house cleaning by blogging and trying to get my act together for a Sunday party. Parenting, always an opportunity to learn to be flexible!
Sorry, Oscar, your 5th is kind of a bummer so far but we LOVE YOU!