As someone born two days after Christmas, I always thought Ike had it made with his June birthday. Unfortunately, I've realized that although he's not competing with a major holiday, his birthday does tend to get a bit lost in a flurry of end-of-school-year and sibling activities.
On his actual birthday, we had to rush through presents and his birthday dinner in order to get Noah to his band concert on time.
(Ezra wrapped up a semi-deflated ball that Ike likes to steal from his room, along with a handmade card. Noah stuck around to confirm a lack of Minecraft/FNAF-related presents and then kinda wandered off.)
Thanks to a Woody costume and an ice cream sundae (complete with a candle and singing waitstaff), he didn't seem to mind the day's crowded schedule that much.
(Also a bulk package of composition notebooks helped. They fill these up by the dozens.)
Saturday was pretty booked up too, with music lessons and an end-of-year picnic at school, which they were all clearly thrilled about attending.
But hey! Pizza for the MILLIONTH MEAL IN A ROW.
(Ezra's Hobbes is literally disintegrating, guys, and I fear his days are numbered. If anyone sees a similar toy in a claw machine near you I will reimburse you for however many tokens it requires to procure a back-up!)
On Sunday, though, we finally found time to do the birthday outing of Ike's choice. He chose the Captain Underpants movie with a couple friends, and also his new red Power Ranger costume, because he now has a different costume for every occasion.
(Noah's like, ugh, children. Meanwhile the movie cracked Jason and I the fuck UP because we are 10. It's...actually really funny.)
This was an easy ask from him, and yet we (JASON) still managed to almost screw it up. He bought the tickets the day before, only to arrive at the theater with five kids in tow and discover that he'd somehow accidentally bought tickets for Pirates of the Caribbean: Why Are We Still Making These instead of Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Before We Also Ruin Things. And guess what movie was completely sold out?
We were about 30 seconds away from multiple children bursting into simultaneous tears when Jason found another showing at another theater that was NOT sold out, and one we could probably get to in time if everybody RUNS RUNS RUNS BACK TO THE CAR THIS MINUTE.
We made it, although the outing probably ended up costing just as much as a big actual party somewhere. But everybody loved it, especially Ike. He's very, very happy to be six.
(Then yesterday his class went to the fucking zoo! All the way in D.C.! And I did not chaperone! Because gaaaahhhhhh it's the fucking zoo!)