Zeke was quick to point out yesterday that he really didn't feel any different, meaning that 4 feels no different than 5. I think he was a smidge disappointed. I am always in awe of people who can write a succinct little passage about their children that seems to sum up so well who they believe their child to be. I am not good at that at all. Often on their birthdays, I wish I had a bit better word picture to share that captures them in all their glory and today is no exception.
Zeke is such a character. It seems like he endears himself to most people, kids and adults alike. He is persistent and tenacious, unwilling to give up until he feels like he has accomplished what he set out to do. He is smart as a whip and his ever growing vocabulary impresses me. He is turning into more of a big brother, one who helps and looks after the smaller one. With a wrinkle of his nose, his smile is infectious, often done with a twinkle in his eye. Those rosebud lips that were one of the first things I noticed about him in China are still there, just a bit bigger, on a bit bigger kid. I think all the time of how so many people would have underestimated him had he stayed in China and that somehow I lucked out on getting to enjoy his presence.
|Grandpa Dave and Uncle Daniel playing ladderball while Kenson watched. |
Kenson loved being in the thick of the hotly contested games.
|Enjoying a bit more ladderball|
|Sprinler and ball fun with Uncle Daniel and Aunt Tiffany|
|More sprinklers, less ball|
|This may have been right before Daniel accidentally nailed Zeke in the head with the ball |
which meant lots of tears from an overtired kid.
|This was some type of wrestling match...we'll leave it at that.|
|Enjoying some goodies from Grandma and Grandpa|
|Grandma and Grandpa got a cake and so did Mom and Dad so Zeke got two cakes. |
The shark cake definitely was perfect.
Great Uncle Larry and Great Aunt Sandy plus cousin Colby joined us for supper and cake.