3.05.2010

Turning five....

My baby boy turned five yesterday....

and as much as i hate to admit it...

my baby is really....

not a baby anymore.

Five means big things....
Kindergarten.

Kindergarten is not a big deal.....

kindergarten is only 2.5 hours...

kindergarten is the same amount of time as preschool.

Riding the bus....

riding the bus to and from Kindergarten..

only because it adds some much needed time

to that already shortened schedule.

Not wiping his butt for him.

Huge deal....

Huge.

It's the rule....you turn five...and mom is done helping wipe.

{is that to much info?}

Sleeping thru the night.

As much as i LOVED the baby stage..

love.love.love

i do not miss the sleepless nights.

I love my sleep.





Waking up on your birthday in our home

means one thing.

Donuts for breakfast.

I hate donuts so much that i had two of them.

One for me and i ate one for you....

because i'm that type of girl.



After we filled our bodies with sugar...

i dropped off the kids at school.

I brought in HUGE cupcakes to Fin's class....

which in turn means ...

MORE SUGAR

After school....we headed to his favorite restaurant...


for lunch.

He invited his besties...Frankie {the italian}, and Lou {the spaniard}...

who always look so cute sitting next to my ...

blond haired...

blue eyed...

pale skinned...

boy who still needs his butt wiped.





After lunch...

the kids decided to have a root beer float...

and

more cupcakes.

{at this point i'm still sick for the cupcake i had for you this morning}


We did a little jiggy...

danced a little dance...

sang a little song.



Then at the end of the day we had our little family party....

which included

push-ups for dinner.

I'm not talking about the exercise either...

i'm talking about the ice cream kind.

I was really doing so well....

but not today.

All because i had an extra donut for you.






It's a new day.

I have a five year old.

A gorgeous, well mannered, super smart, violin playing,third grader level reader,

boy who might just skip kindergarten and head straight to high school.

{alright...only the first two things are correct}

I don't have a baby anymore....

I have a five year old.
....................
{psst. I'm still over here answering your Q's}



74 comments:

Melanie said...

Wonderful post! I didn't like the baby stage (hence the only child) but I loved it from age 3 and up.

Thanks for all the donuts & cupcakes for us;) That was funny.

Diva Kreszl said...

so sweet that you have documented this momentous occasion! trust me some day you'll look back at that adorable face and wish for five again, they grow up much too fast!

Diana said...

Beautiful words and pictures! This post really resonated with me, because my oldest (a boy too) is turning five next week (and I love donuts and cupcakes too...). Happy Birthday boys! I love the baby stage, but isn't it so wonderful to see those babies grow and develop their own personalities and talents? Off to new adventures!

Dreamy Whites said...

I must say it is a real treat to see that you have a new post!!! Happy Birthday to your baby boy! Too cute!!!
Take Care,
Maria
p.s. I still call my 8 year old boy the baby!

Dreamy Whites said...

I wanted to tell you I love your new header!

Simply Me Art said...

Sigh, why do these darn kids keep growing up. Happy Birthday Mr. Finn! You and your man sure breed them Gorgeous I must tell you...I tell my boy all the time, he is never leaving and there are no women in his future..have a good weekend, Jamie

Rebecca said...

I love the post. My oldest son just turned 6 on Wednesday. I still have to occassionally help wipe his butt! You always hear, "They grow up too fast." Yeah...so true!

Have a lovely day.
~Rebecca

Mikal said...

Sweet post...little boys are so wonderful (even when they are 8 and still need a little help in the bathroom!) :) Better to be safe than sorry is all I say!

Enjoy your weekend,

Mikal

Preppy Mama said...

So sweet! Well happy day for you both!
Kindergarten scares the life out of me and mine turns five in the fall.
Beautiful photos as always!!

Kacey said...

And what a handsome little 5 year-old he is! Happy birthday to the big boy. Looks like he had a blast.

Morning T said...

Happy #5 to sweet Fin! About that butt thing...I thought 6 was the magic age we stopped helping with that~ guess I'm behind (no pun intended) by a whole year. :)
Happy weekend Kasey.

Mommy Lisa said...

Sooo cute. I am dreading five...

But I have to remember it is all fun and to enjoy the moments.

Thanks Kasey!

Teresa said...

Happy Birthday to that adorable Birthday Boy!
I smiled...like BIG...all the way through this!
One reason being...
I was a kindergarten teacher for 11years...oh how I loved my mommies...and do KNOW what turning FIVE means to a mommy.
So hard to let go in so many respects...but for some reason...well for many reasons actually...I do believe I made it a weeee bit easier for them to let go. ;o)
I really wanted to see one of those BIG cupcakes....and I do appreciate you taking on the calories for me today...oh how sweet I know those cupcakes are!
And about that HIP Anthropologie look you got going on there...with the boots...KILLER!!! ;o)
Oh...and about the WIPING...well I don't even wanna know HOW LONG my sissy Melly wiped my nephew Griffin's bottom!!!
Let's see...Griffin's in the 7th grade now...and seems to me...last summer...when we were all "at the country" (parent's farm)...seems to me I did hear him YELL that famous "MOM!!!!!!" call! ha...haha!
Oh how funny!
Happy Day Kasey!
What a cute cute MOM you are...and your children...
well I could just go on and on!!!!
xxooxx

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Five is a big one, isn't it? It's when I finanlly stopped calling my boys "babies" too. And we had the same bottom issues! But kindergarten here is 7 hrs!!! My sons went from being home with mom all day long (never went to daycare) to 7 entire hrs. away from home and mama! It was a big deal. Very hard. Your 5 year old sure is a handsome little guy! I'm glad he doesn't have to go for more than 2.5 hrs.
Michelle

mimi charmante said...

If that bottom photo is from his birthday then he still looks pretty little to me... I didn't LOVE the baby stage but do love them as they get older. That being said, I am sad Finn Henry is growing up so quickly. I tend to not feed him to keep him nice and small, seeing as he is my last baby...
bisous

Bonnie @ House of Grace said...

so sweet, happy birthday to fin. my daughter will be 5 this summer. they grow up so fast.

A Life In Focus Photography said...

a mother's tale for sure...loved it!

Stephanie said...

What a fun post! The pictures are great! Sounds like it was a fun day for all.. = )

-S

Little Emma said...

I suppose how you can feel, your baby is growing up. Quite shocking, uh??? But as my mother says, we remain children even at 50....

Ticking and Toile said...

love the post! your little 5 year old is about the cutest thing I've ever seen!!! Oh how I hate it when they grow up though.....my baby is almost 10 and ....... well she's almost 10....:( But I do love each stage, just miss the little hands...little feet....little noses and little hugs...
You are as cute as can be too btw! love your style!

Shellagh

the cinnamon post said...

The new banner is so pretty pretty pretty. And so are you in the hat. You like to be photographed in hats as much as I. Loved this post and the photos. My boy will turn 5 in October but he started Junior Kindergarten this year and I'm still wiping his butt...most of the time. He also poops completely naked so he AVOIDS pooping at Kindergarten and therefore I am usually around...to wipe that butt. Im hoping at 5 I will no longer be doing that AND he will no longer be pooping completely naked! Let's hope.
~Tara

Blondie's Journal said...

Great post. My days of freedom came when I didn't have to cut their meat.

xoxo
Jane

*The Beautiful Life* said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet boy! He is SO cute!!! Gap-ad cute! :)

Thanks for the donut you ate for us! :)

Ruth

Erin said...

I am waiting on my baby boy to be born any day and this post absolutely brought tears to my eyes. Happy Birthday to your dear one. He is an absolute dreamboat!

ColeAndJosephine said...

I think kids get to be more and more fun the older they get! Happy Birthday, little man!

Donna said...

Oh, it goes by too fast!!! He looks like a sweet little boy, happy birthday!

Kare@Trublue2 said...

Awwww.....such a sweet day for the birthday boy! Fin is an absolute cutie-pie five year old. It makes you wonder. Why do they grow quickly anyway?? Gosh to keep them little (past the wiping stage anyway) for just a while longer would be dreamy. My baby is 11 (eek!!!) and I feel like his 5th birthday was just about a year or so ago! He will always be my baby (much to his chagrin when I say the word out in public but shhhh...secretly he loves it). And my oldest is 14 and he'll always be my sunshine...which I just recently posted about him being my "little" boy. Ah, time does fly. Enjoy your cuties...you seem to have an incredibly fun family life! Thanks for sharing his day with us, and for the doughnut too - yummy!!

Kare

Fancy Pants said...

Love love love this post. It blesses my heart to read about mothers who just love their children to pieces.

AshleyR said...

Happy Birthday Fin!
The pic at the bottom is just adorable! :)

Chablis said...

What a cutie Fin is! I appreciate you eating that donut for me...I can use that as leverage for my cravings all day. "but Kasey already ate one for me!". Good stuff. Also, this may be {tmi} but I feel so much better that you still have to "wipe his butt". I still have to wipe my 4 yr. olds and now I don't feel so alone in my plight.

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Gosh, he is adorable! How fast they grow, how does that happen? You seem like such a wonderful mom that loves her kids so much, that's what is so important!

I wanted to thank you for the ikea curtain idea. I went and purchased a few and just finished up my french guestroom, thanks for the idea :)
Take care-
Kristin

Mande said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet boy! My son turned 5 in November and it was hard for me. I swear just yesterday he was 2 and a half curled up in my lap saying, "wuv you mommy". I fear the bus this fall...big time.
Hope you all have the best weekend continuing the celebrations. The last picture of the 2 of you is beautiful.

Carmen said...

Happy Birthday 5 year old!!! It's a big deal. This was a great post!

Tracey said...

What a sweet post! I know what you are going through as my baby boy(and the baby of the family) will be 5 next month. (and I am having the hardest time getting him to wipe his own butt! You are not alone. hee hee)

Sherry said...

Beautiful post mom, and beautiful photographs, especially the first and last...age 5...the start of real adventure!! xo

Mott @ The Courtyard Gate said...

Congrats on your fine-looking 5 year old! Lovely post!

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Happy Birthday Fin!!!

50centlove said...

awwww so cute! the first picture is adorable. Happy birthday to your boy

One Cheap B*tch said...

Oh lord, I'm right there with you. My first born is turning 5 in July and I'm already crying! I love your pictorial on your son. So very sweet! I get so scared posting photos of my guys on my blog but you've convinced me no weirdos are a looking!

Want to cry in our coffee together? =)

Rug Cottage said...

I'm a mother of three boys and I agree... 5 years is a big one of change, but he'll always be your baby. Only a mother understands.

Keep Warm,
Nancy

Martha said...

Happy birthday to your sweet Fin....love the pictures of you two together!!!! He is so cute! And what a fun momma you are and day for him:)

Twig said...

"Not wiping his butt for him" Best line I've read all day...seriously. This is why I love blogging hahaha

My brother and I are 11 years apart...so I vivdly remember all those times spent wiping. And sometimes the squirming led to missing the paper, but not my hands. And then I freaked out and said I never wanted kids, but reading this reminds me of just how much I do! :)

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Hi Kasey,
I know what it's like for your little one's to be getting older. My babies will be 2 and 6 in the next few weeks. Where did all of that time go? Your son is lucky he only has to go to kindergarten for a couple of hours. My son started kindergarten this year and goes all day from 8:55-3:25. It's a new thing the school did this year. I hate it because when he comes home the poor thing is just exhausted!! And he is not a fun little camper!! I know when he first started I felt lost, but I have my little one to keep me busy. I don't know what I'll do when they are both off to school!
Also, thank you so much for e-mailing me with the name of your wall paint, I really appreciated it!
Have a wonderful weekend.
Sincerely,
Melinda

kurt and kari said...

Happy Happy Birthday to that sweet little blondie! It sounds like a perfect day.

thais. said...

happy birthday to your sweet 'baby boy' - what a beautiful bright smile ;)

paige said...

that precious child!
i lovelovelove the ginormous smile & that white blond scandanavian hair!
hope ya'll had a fantastic day
& a fantastic weekend!
mwah

ps--i txt'd you earlier just letting you know i was shopping at ikea....isn't that what friends do?
HUH?

The Little Red Shop said...

Happy Birthday boy to you!!! Cute post, Kasey!

: )

Julie M.

DREW'S MOM said...

Happy Birthday Fin... here's to no more butt wipin... Lol

Katy Noelle said...

Oh heavens! You made me laugh hysterically again! AGAIN! Talk about Serendipity - I just happened upon "French Larkspur" and, of course, after all of that laughter (and after I entered the impossible giveaway) I blithely jumped eagerly over here. Very happy I am too! I am going to go and immediately add both of you to my favorite links on my brand new baby blog.

Your son is gorgeous! Happy Birthday! (and I would thank all of you - my three sons included - to stop eating my donuts!) Thanks!

Love, Katy Noelle

Stephanie said...

Casey, Yours turned 5 and mine turned 21! Love the pictures! You are so much better of a photographer than me. My pictures that I shared are mostly school pictures or ones taken at Sears LOL. But love your blog and your photos. Enjoy your time with your kids cos they grow up fast!

Amanda said...

ok that was just too precious! and what a cutie he is. I too have a blonde haired, blue eyed boy (still dont know where he came from! hubs and I are both brown hair, brown eyed) Happy Birthday to your notsolittleanymore guy

MODERN Prairie Girl said...

Okay, I secretly admit that I miss being needed in the loo. It meant I wouldn't be needed any other areas too---but OH! Turning five was an awesome thing in our house. Looks like it is for you too.

It's so funny to me---your kids look like they're straight out of some California catalogue...love the toe-heads. You have BE-u-ti-ful kids, my friend!


Can't believe my baby is 10 today. Where does it go? Seriously...I want to know. Every stage is a gift.

Have a GREAT weekend---
Lara

Ali said...

Oh Happy Birthday Fin! The big 5 huh? I remember when my boy turned 5 (wasn't it just yesterday) I cried. He turned 14 in December (I cried) some things never change! Well, actually the needing help wiping thing did (thank God) that would be a little awkward now! Enjoy your little guy at 5, what a cool age!

Brenna LaPray said...

Such a cute post! Happy Birthday to a handsome boy and you look absolutely gorgeous Kasey!!

Julie Harward said...

He is such a handsome boy...from baby to 5...what a guy! (as my little 2 yr. old grandson says...I'm a guy!) Come say hi :D

hometown girl said...

he's so sweet, happy birthday to him. i just wrote about this very thing the little boys getting big...have a great weekend! xu susan

Jackie said...

So super funny....we are the same way. My daughter turns 5 in 2 weeks and the count has come when we dont wipe her butt anymore :) I said that out loud and all these preschool moms looked at me like I had three heads!! Looks like a very JOYOUS day :)

Lori said...

Oh Kasey ~ what a wonderful day for your wonderful boy. Thanks for having that donut for me as my weight watchers points will not allow them right now....I have to save those points for wine you know!! xo

Leah C said...

Happy Birthday to your lil' guy! Being five is a big deal...so special...hope he has a wonderful year:) P.S. Love the new banner

Debra said...

Happy Birthday to your son, your baby. He is so cute my little grandson will be turning four this summer. Cherish each and every moment.

Susan said...

adorable.
susan

Lindsey said...

Awww! They grow so fast. My baby boy turned 5 on March 1st (he still needs his butt wiped!). Sounds like he had a great day! He's so cute.

BTW- I Love, Love, Love your boots!

Kimberly said...

Happy Birthday to your 5 year old! he is adorable!!!

littlebyrd said...

Happy Birthday!!!! Did you celebrate all weekend? I loved reading this since Oliver will be 5 in July. You go to France soon, yes? Have you decided what you are packing to wear?!

paige said...

ps--that profile pic, little mr fin is looking a whole lot like mama
xo

traci said...

happy birthday fin!!! he's so darn cute.

Shelley in SC said...

I've always been rather biased and thought my 5 yob's were by far the cutest in the world, but after seeing this adorable little guy, I'm going to have to be totally honest and change my vote. What a sweetie!!

Robyn said...

Happy Birthday to your little man! It does go WAY TOO FAST! My youngest little one will be 8 this weekend. EIGHT! I remember when she weight EIGHT pounds....sigh. It's bittersweet for sure!

Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels said...

Happy Birthday to your gorgeous 5-year old boy! And thank you for having a donut AND a cupcake for me. That's really thoughtful . So thoughtful that now I feel I really should have some Swiss chocolate for you.:-)

Londen @ Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

happy birthday to your baby!

My House of Giggles said...

I can't believe I hadn't found your blog until now...it's so lovely! Happy birthday to your little, big man :) Isn't it so unbelievable how fast time flies? I have a little Finn too....but be's 5 months :)

Tracey

ps...if you're ever in the mood to check out a new blog... myhouseofgiggles.blogspot.com

Just Jenn said...

Oh my gosh!! is Toot Toots in Seattle?? I went to a fun restaurant like that years ago in Seattle... I did not retain the name of it... but I would love to take my kids to eat there!! they used to send your food out on the trains?!! please say yes!! =)

I am going to google it now... but if ya find the time.. please let me know!

Just Jenn~

I have to leave your blog now!! ha ha! I have read and commented 3 posts... you will think I am stalking you or something!! ha ha!

Ness Lockyer said...

So sweet. We have a five year old, who will soon be six. I think I will miss five...he is more like my baby still at five. Six seems so big!
Ness xx

Nishant said...

so sweet that you have documented this momentous occasion! trust me some day you'll look back at that adorable face and wish for five again, they grow up much too fast!
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