Last week, we celebrated Simon's fourth birthday. In honor of the occasion, I threw my second real birthday party. Actually, the whole birthday party thing was Simon's idea, and once he was talking about having one, Asher said, "me too!"so we had two birthday parties in two weeks. We followed the same plan with Simon's party as Asher's: a few friends coming over to play however they pleased, food, and a piñata (The piñatas were Simon's idea too.). Since we had Simon's party while Asher was at school, we saved the cake for when he would be home and fed Simon's friends muffins and fresh fruit and veggies instead. Simon's piñata was also filled with toys and all-fruit fruit snacks instead of candy. If any of Simon's guests were disappointed by the lack of sugar at the party, they were polite enough to wait to complain until they got home. The kids got so wrapped up in playing that we ran out of time and Simon had to open his presents after everybody left, but I actually thought that was nice because Simon could open them at his leisure-opening one and then really appreciating it and playing with it for a while before moving on to the next one.
Simon wanted chicken burritos for dinner and the same chocolate cake with raspberry sauce that he had last year, which was easy since "the same cake from last year" was a slice of the Great Wall of Chocolate from P.F. Chang's split among the members of our family. Simon got a scooter (which was good since every day since Asher's birthday he had told me that for his birthday he was going to get a scooter just like Asher), a "Moon Lightning McQueen," and a toy dragon that shoots plastic "fire" from us and some Duplo blocks and a Lego shirt from my mom. He got pink candles on his cake because somehow that's the only color we had left. I don't think he minded.
Simon loves chocolate and strawberries, but not as much as he loves chips and salsa. He loves wrestling, his rain boots, and being outside. He is good at watching out for Ivy and sharing with Asher. He has an endless supply of funny things to say. He likes knights and dragons, pirates, and robots. He is sweet, imaginative, playful, and a good friend, and we love him.