|Jam wearing his birthday shirt I made for him|
After breakfast, he opened a few of his presents. He was so excited by his new toys that he lost interest in opening the rest of the presents. I guess his birthday celebrations will continue tomorrow. He especially loved his wooden car sets from his Grammy and Pops. (He even took his red car to bed with him tonight).
|Lyla dove across Grant's lap to reach the presents that were being opened.|
We then all went to the Orlando Science Center where we have passes. Since we were out of town for so long and have been busy, we haven't been in over a month so everything was new and exciting again. Benjamin had SOOOOO much fun.
Of course first thing he managed to find some gears... classic Benjamin.
Of course Grant wanted him to wear his Star Wars t-shirt... classic Grant.
The Orlando Science Center has this awesome guitar exhibit right now (not very interesting to kids though). They have a stage where you can dress up like a rock star and get your picture taken. The clothes seemed a little less rock star and a little more... well I'm not quite sure what to call it.
Benjamin built a lot of pipes in the wall. He definitely has a lot of little engineer in him.
And then he found the racing cars. I think he could have stayed here all day. Every time the cars whizzed past him he squealed and laughed and said "go go go go go." The older kids (old enough to know better) kept coming over and taking his car away. He was having too much fun to get upset. One boy who was about 5 or 6 came over and asked him for it and explained to him that it was a racing car and that he was going to go up the stairs and race it so that he could watch. I thought it was so sweet (better than the 10 year olds who just took it right out of his hands).
He played with the giant Legos. He built towers with the giant Legos. But mostly he wanted to throw the giant Legos.
He played with the boats and the water table.
He "did laundry"... I wish I had this much fun doing laundry! (or any fun doing laundry)
He ran circles through the underground streets. He kept asking for "hand Mommy" and wanted me to run with him. Since it was his birthday I bent over and ran and ran and ran through these tunnels. The older kids gave me weird looks.
Before dinner I wanted to get a few cute birthday pictures of him in his 2 shirt. He made it pretty clear that he did not want his picture taken.
Paparazzi: "Leave me alone! It's my birthday!"
"Ok. I'll be cute for one minute. Then I'm going to the car with or without you"
He looks so cool in this picture. Just relaxed, leaning on one hip, holding his sunglasses, and casually glancing up at the camera with a confident nonchalance.
For dinner we went to Kobe Japanese Steakhouse. This is my absolute favorite restaurant and we used to go there for my birthdays when I was a kid. We have taken Benjamin there before and he loved the food and he really loved watching the chef cook and make fire.
Tonight was a different story.
The fire on the table right in front of us scared Benjamin... and Lyla. Then they seemed to feed off of each other's energy and they both just kept crying. Then as I calmed one of them down, the other would get more worked up. This went on for about 5 minutes. Once the food was ready Benjamin calmed down as he gobbled up broccoli, zucchini, mushrooms, and steak. They even brought him his own personal cupcake with a single candle on it. All of a sudden he was terrified of the tiny little flame that he loved this morning.
Lyla wearing her Beatles shirt. So precious!
My dad is in town so he came with us to dinner tonight. Lyla looks very concerned with something in this picture.
Benjamin ended out eating the entire cupcake (I didn't even think he liked cupcakes) and ended up with icing all over his face. This is the awesome birthday cake picture that I never got at his first birthday (he hated the cake).
We all had such a great day. He even took one of his new wooden cars to bed with him tonight.
Here is a video (a little long) of Benjamin and Lyla playing with his new cars before bed. Apparently he thinks that a car carrier makes a choo choo sound.