Five years ago, a precious baby boy was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and today we celebrated big! Last year, Silas didn’t have much of a celebration for his birthday due to Saylor just being home a few weeks; therefore, we decided he deserved a real party this year. We decided to have his party at a park near our home. They have a building called the Wilderness Station where they house various animals as well as put on a lot of educational programs. They also do various animal themed birthday parties, and Silas chose a ‘snake’ theme.(I secretly think he did this on purpose because he knows his mama wants NOTHING to do with these creatures!) He picked which friends he wanted to come, and he also chose to have his favorite foods at his party. Needless to say, he had a great time as you will witness in the pictures below.
Silas wanted us to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to him when he woke up this morning so we fulfilled that request. Here he is dressed and ready for his party!
This sign is about the extent of my artistic abilities. Once again, I am reminded why I was a biology major!
This adorable chocolate cake was made by a friend of ours who also occasionally babysits Silas and Saylor. She knows Silas’ love for peanut butter so she sent a side of peanut butter for him to enjoy with his cake:)
The party started off with learning different facts about snakes.
Each child then had the opportunity to pet the snake.
The program leader with ‘Charlie’ the snake.
Saylor thought it was more fun to make faces at daddy then to learn about the snakes.
After petting the snake, each child made a snake craft to take home.
After that, it was time to go outside for a short hike. Thankfully, the weather was beautiful today!
Silas and his buddy, ‘E’. They share the common bond of both being born in Ethiopia.
I think this was his favorite present of the day. He has been asking us for a camera for quite some time now. Daddy did some research, and he found one that was a hit according to Silas!
We rounded out the day with dinner at Silas’ favorite restaurant. We forgot to take pictures inside, but we managed to take this one as we were leaving.
Silas had two presents left to open from extended family so he did this before bed. He got Laser Pegs which he was excited about because he played with these at a toy store when we were on vacation.
He was happy to get a scooter like his cousin Ross used to have.
We had to do a trial with the scooter before bed. Silas, mama and daddy love you to pieces. We cannot believe you are five, but we know God has great things in store for your life. It melted both of our hearts that you wanted to say the prayer for your party today, and you said it loud and clear. You are a precious child of God, and we count it an honor every day that God chose us to be your parents. Happy 5th birthday!