We had his birthday cake after lunch, complete with marzipan hammerhead sharks made by the children. He originally requested a shark cake like last year's but with a hammerhead shark instead but when he saw these dairy-free key lime cheesecake bars he changed his mind and wanted them. Oh my goodness, I am so glad he decided on them instead, as the sugar factor alone is a reason to be happy, but they were rich and incredibly delicious. I know what I am requesting for my next birthday!
We spent most of the day outside enjoying the warm weather and bright sunshine. A lot of that time was spent playing firefighters but there was also some bow and arrow play, too, thanks to Nana and Grandpa. He wore his shark quiver for all of two minutes but hopefully he'll get some more use out of it in the future. On a side note: I ended up going with a no-sew version and replaced the pringles can called for in the tutorial with a poster tube. He also played for hours with his gifts (a conveyor belt and marble run) from Grandma that arrived that very day. I don't have any photos of those yet, though.
Little L really wanted us to grill out for his birthday dinner. Thankfully the weather was beautiful so we were able to oblige. We grilled some soy-free veggie dogs and all the veggies he desired (which included pickles). While Kevin and I prepared the food, Little L and his sisters had a special birthday video chat with some of our dearest friends back in Oregon. That was a gift in itself.
After dinner we made s'mores over the fire while discussing scalloped hammerheads at great length. Little L finished out his day with a family slumber party that included him sleeping in his special fire truck.
The day was full of warmth and light, much like my little boy (who's name happens to mean light). I don't think we could have asked for anything more. Happy fourth birthday my amazing little man. I love you so!