We started off that Monday morning with our usual cinnamon roll ceremony.
Note the bed hair to complete the scene.
Then we joined Charlie for his lunchtime at school. If you look closely, one of his top "chicklet" teeth is starting to come out.
Then after dinner, we had a cookie cake. As you know, my kids' faces stay covered in food...especially Chandler's! And he really is getting into the idea of blowing out candles. Although with his breakfast candles he wanted to touch them first.
The following Friday, Chuck endeavored to make Chandler a train birthday cake. I would've done it but it looked way to complicated to me. But Chuck pulled it off and it turned out great.
He also made a freight car, but it didn't survive my mad driving skills. :-\ However, I do somewhat blame Austin's traffic. It took us 2.5 hours to get to Cedar Park. It reminded me of why I can't stand IH-35...
But Chandler managed to have a fun time anyway...
We met up with all the family in Austin on a beautiful Saturday morning.
Grandma and Grandpa Thier
Aunt Anna and Cousin William
Big Daddy on tattoo duty...
Aunt Meesh and cousin Hendrix
Nana was there.
The boys' only girl-cousin in Texas, Kaylie...
And her big brother, Kaleb..who happens to be 9 months older than Chandler...to whom I credit Chandler's existence. Newborn holding = baby fever (even subconsciously).
Elijah, Uncle Jason, Aunt Melanie, and Uncle Ryan were also there. (Sorry, no pictures.)
Then it was time to enjoy that beautiful cake.
He's got the candle-blowing down now.
It was ALL good...
Then it was back to playing...
(Thanks, Anna for the above pictures!)
About 4-5 months ago he started saying "No" and throwing fits. I told Chuck it was a shame because I really liked that boy. ;) But overall he's still more of a charmer than a defiant child. He is in that independent stage where he'll ask for something, but if I give it to him then he sees that as helping him, so he has to say "No!" and waits until I put it down so he can pick it up himself.
For his birthday, his aunt asked what he's into, which really was a hard question to answer. He's into the kitchen cabinets. And the fridge. And the drawers around the house. And especially the tuperware. His very favorite activity is wrecking up his brothers' lego creations. The child doesn't play with toys! However, he does love to watch trains. Polar Express and Thomas are the only shows he'll pay attention to. Unlike his brothers, he's not the least bit interested in television (which is ok with me. Except when I want to take a shower or have a phone conversation!). It's been fun to watch his personality emerge this year. He is completely different than his brothers. At this age, Charlie loved cars, Chance loved balls, and Chandler loves...mischief! He is so cute though, which definitely keeps him alive. ;)
The other day, he found this little guy and called him "Daddy guy!" If you look closely, it's a man with a laptop.
And as usual, here's the last year in pictures.