Gus turned 5 this month and he knew exactly how he wanted to celebrate. First order of business was cake making. He wanted "Granny Crane's Cake" which is angel food cake with layers of vanilla ice cream and rainbow sherbet, covered in whipped cream. According to my mom, it's been in the family as long as she can remember and it was always a favorite of my grandma's. It's delicious and I'm so happy Gus wanted to make it. He requested that he make it with Ama, so my mom graciously gave up her Thursday morning to come to our house and work on the cake with him.
Gus decided this year he didn't want a "kid party", he just wanted his family and our friends Paul & Charity over for pizza, cake and a "Gus Quiz". He was so proud of that quiz! It included a list of 22 of his favorite things and some question about his baby years. It was so much fun.
Gus got a lot of really great gifts this year. I love how well his family knows him.
A poster for his "new" room (which is the same room he's had for the last 3 years, but he's no longer sharing it with Max)
A jar ful of "just dog" Squinkies. What are Squinkies? you may be wondering. They are the newest fad in kid toys, tiny little rubber characters much like you would find in a vending machine, only a little higher quality. I never would have thought Gus would want these, but everytime he's visited my sister in the last 6 weeks, he's cornered her at some point to tell her he reeeeeally hopes she'll get him Squinkies for his birthday, but just dogs. Naturally, they don't make a pack of dogs-only Squinkies, so my sweet sister bought 6 separate packs and collected all the dogs out of them to give to Gus. He was thrilled!
A really fun new card game, Duck Duck Bruce, and some solar print paper from the Hickerson Family (who couldn't be a the festivities, but were there in spirit!) This card game has become the new favorite in our house already. It is so fun! I'm looking forward to using the solar paper this summer. I can't wait to see what Gus makes.
Finally, Ama & Papa gave Gus a really cool set of cooking stuff that includes measuring cup and spoons, various utensils and mixing bowls and some delicious sounding recipes. He's so excited to put it to use!
What a blessed boy! Stay tuned for Part 2 and 3: a trip to the dog park with Paul & Charity and lunch at the Spaghetti Factory with his friend, Eva.