He turned six last week and requested a family dinner at Carlos O'Kelly's - the place with the chips and salsa "where you can't double-dip." ;)
He had a great day at school beforehand - bringing treats and juices for his class, hearing his name mentioned over the school-wide intercom at morning announcements, and asking almost everyone he saw if he looked taller that day. :)
The whole family joined us for supper that night - with Scratch cupcakes, gifts and baby cousin Ivy sitting like a perfect angel throughout the evening.
There was definitely a Disney theme to his presents due to our upcoming trip. Papa Bob and Nana Nancy gave him a Mickey card filled with a giant Mickey coloring poster, Grandpa Don and Grandma Alda gave him Disney spending money, which he was so excited about, and Mommy and Daddy's featured gift was saved for last...
Other gifts included his own UNI basketball from Papa Tim and Nana Deanne - so that he doesn't have to share with Jaden anymore, glow-in-the-dark star decals for his bedroom from Aunt Cassi and Uncle James, new chalk, sidewalk stencils and puzzles from Papa Bob and Nana Nancy.
Cody and I gave him a rocket ship art piece to hang above his bed - a featured piece in his ever-evolving space themed room, along with some new pieces for his Hot Wheels car track collection - a new hobby of his and the only thing he specifically asked for.
But my favorite gift was an item I searched for after we found out we were going to Disney World. A vintage Magic Kingdom hard-to-find board game I first discovered on Amazon. The board is a map of the park with all the actual rides and attractions, and I can't count the number of times we've played it since he opened it. It's a race through the park, where your task is to go on all the rides you've chosen, collect character autographs and complete other missions. And every time we land on an attraction with our game piece, we have fun talking about the real thing we're going to get to experience in a few months. It was the perfect gift for our Brandon - a lover of games and Disney - and I'm pretty proud of myself for discovering it.
Before the night was over we embarrassed the heck out of him by singing to him in the restaurant - and then let him stay up past his bedtime to play his new game.
As I held him for a picture, we both made mention that this would probably be the last birthday of his in which I could still hold him on my hip.
He called it the best day of his life, but there's a whole lot of good days in store for him this year.