Ravi! You are 5 years old today!

Hi Ravi,

Today you are five years old! Congratulations on turning into a little boy. You have come very far in a very few short years. Your Mommy and Daddy are very proud of you. As always, we just want you to remember what you did when you were just a little five year old.

You’re still heavily into Transformers. You just saw the preview for the new Transformers and, while you would normally be scared of potentially violen scenes, you actually watched it all the way through and told us both how you wanted to see that movie. You still love Optimus Prime and now spend tons of time creating ‘picture’ books of your favorite Transformers. Your grandpa got you a Metroplex and we got you a Devastator for Christmas and this year your grandpa got you a power-up Optimus Prime and Omega Supreme for your birthday! We even gave all of  your classmates a Kre0 Micro-changer Transformer in their goodie bag for your birthday party.

You still love Legos! We see you spend tons of time each night playing with your Legos. It is wonderful to see that building spirit and drive manifest in you and we also love to see the ‘cool’ design concepts you keep coming up for a Lego Optimus Prime. We went and saw the Lego movie a while back, and let me remind you, it was awesome!!  True to the movie, your Daddy follows the rules every day and drinks his daily cup of overpriced coffee. We all loved the Lego movie and we were so happy to see  you actually sit through nearly the entire movie. (You still wanted to leave after an hour, but I was able to convince you to stick it out.) We can’t wait for you to join the Lego league next year, and don’t worry, Daddy won’t butt in and join with you. You can do this all by yourself if that’s what you want.

You have taken to calling Daddy a bad daddy all the time. While it breaks my heart every time I hear you say this, I just want you to know that I still love you very much. I tell your Mom all the time about how I love your hobbies and am so nervous about whether you’ll love the same hobbies that your Daddy does. I just want you to know that even if you don’t love the hobbies that I do, I will always encourage you in your interests. Your Daddy just wants to be the ‘wind beneath your wings’. I don’t want to force you to be like me or to mold you into what I or anyone expects you to be… I just want you to be comfortable and confident being Ravi. And remember, I still and always will love you!

You are much more independent than you were even a year ago. I can watch you play by yourself for hours only occasionally yelling at Mommy and Daddy for the juice you want right now! That is a big improvement over last year. You still are afraid of being alone, but I believe that you are a lot braver than you’ve ever been before. And always remember you’re growing taller, stronger, and older (just like Will.I.am says)!

My dear Ravi, mommy wants to remind you that you have always been and will be the most amazing thing in my life.  You taught me to love bigger and braver.  While I never thought it could be possible, my love for you and your brother grows each day, and it’s so enormous that it would blow your mind!   You have such a sparkle in you, such creativity!  Your little hands are capable of drawing and building so many mind boggling contraptions!  Last night when we lay in bed, you told me about the planets in our solar system, saturn has rings, pluto is no longer considered a planet… When did you learn all this stuff? Why are you growing so fast that mommy can no longer keep up?  If I can ask anything of you, please always be my boy, when you are five, fifteen, or fifty.  Mommy wants nothing more than to have the privilege of being a part of your life.

Love,

Daddy and Mommy

 

Ravi’s 5th Birthday Party

Ravi turned 5 today!  I wanted to make this a major celebration for him, because it is definitely very special for me and Mario.  This is also his last birthday to celebrate with his current classmates before each head to a different Kindergarten in the fall.  I had a long wishlist and knew that I was going to spend a long time in preparation, so I took two days off from work for this event.  On my list of things to make are: cupcakes with frosting, layered jello cups, cake pops, and transformer cookies.  Believe me, it did take two long days of hardwork to make two to three dozen of each!

Here are the sweets:

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Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream frosting.

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Decepticons and Autobots cookies.

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Cake pops.

 I also had balloon animals on my list but I ran out of time to make them prior to the party.  I knew it wouldn’t work making them real time since I wanted to help serve the kids and take tons of picture, so that idea got scratched.  I hope I can add that in for Maxie’s party.

There were lots of tasting prior to the party.  So my inital three dozens of each turned into …two dozen of each… if we were lucky.

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Check out my cake pops!

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Cake pop for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

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Better get some cake pops before brother finished them all!

 

Ravi’s birthday party at school was a huge hit.  The teachers and students couldn’t believe we brought all the food and toys!  It was fabulous.  I loved to watch the kids eat and chat with each other with so much delight.  My time was definitely worth it!  It is the best birthday party we’ve given to Ravi.

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Ravi celebrated his 5th birthday with his classmates, with his brother close by his side. Check out the layered jello cups.

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Happy kids equal a good birthday party.

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Funny boy!

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Hanging wth his friends.

  

All our hard work paid off!  Ravi had a very happy birthday, and we were all there celebrating with him.  I will always remember this day.

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Ahhh, I am finally five!

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Maxie and Daddy at Ravi’s birthday party.

 

-Flo.

 

 

New Hair Cut for Maxie

Getting a hair cut is always tough for Maxie, it is amazing how hard he can scream and wiggle when a sharp object comes close to his face.  Some hair dressers even refuse to cut his hair after doing it just once.  So out of desperation, I was forced to cut his hair occasionally, and let me tell you, he looked really bad for the first couple of weeks.  As a result, I tend to leave Maxie’s hair to grow till I couldn’t stand it anymore.

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Maxie’s long hair.

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Maxie and Ravi’s long hair.

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Maxie’s long hair.

I was relieved when I found a local kids hair salon a few months back with solid reviews on yelp, but the result was terrible.  The cut was uneven with streaks way longer than other places.  I was so disappointed.  I decided to seek out a new hairstylist again, this time at my own salon.  I didn’t care if I had to pay more, as long as he can finally get a decent cut.  Our appointment was on a late Saturday afternoon.  It must have been close to the end of business hours as there weren’t any clients around.  I was surprised that the owner of the salon took the appointment.  She is a master level hair stylist and normally very busy.  It took only 20 minutes for her to finish, but she was very pleasant and entertaining with Maxie, and I was extremely grateful for her time.  It wasn’t the best possible haircut for Maxie, but it was the best haircut that he has gotten in a long long time.

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Maxie right after his new haircut.

Welcome back, my handsome boy!

-Flo.