Alan gave me a birthday slap bracelet to wear today and I rocked it like it was 1991! Alan actually got it for his 8th birthday at school from Mrs. Harris and wore it on his birthday. So naturally, I wore it on mine (and I’ll be wearing it to work tomorrow).
Alan also gave me a card that featured a drawing of a gray plane that was flying a scarlet banner that said “Dad.” And he gave me a bag of Hershey kisses that he snuck into my car as a surprise early present last night.
Today we spent the morning skiing at Alpine (just for fun; no lessons) and the afternoon playing at Zero Gravity for Joshua’s party — where I had plenty of birthday cake. Second year in a row I got cake on my birthday by taking Alan to a party!
Alan kept his birthday celebration going late into the night at the Indians game!
We arrived during the 5th inning, around the time of Josh Donaldson’s 2nd homerun of the night. Alan headed straight for Little League Park and hit everything in sight. He legged out a triple in this at bat.
Inside the Kids Clubhouse, we took selfies. Alan had to have an orange popsicle too.
At the team shop, Alan got a ASG mini bat and some AL Central Champs souvenir baseballs and pins. On our way out of the ballpark, Alan lamented that he’ll “miss this place” during the offseason.
Alan wrapped up another winning season at Progressive Field with a 4-3 record. He’s 24-10 overall in his Indians career.
Tonight Alan invited his closest friends to help him celebrate his birthday at Sky Zone — the hottest place going for 2nd grade birthday parties right now! The invitees included Brady, Noah, Xavier, Cassidy, Grady, Colin, De’Onta, and Kilian.
The kids jumped from 5:45pm to 7:15pm. Some jumped on the partitioned course, some jumped into the ball pit, and some jumped on the dodgeball court. As Alan predicted earlier in the night, they jumped until they tired themselves out. At 7:13pm, Alan’s birth minute, the announcement of his birthday was shared over the loudspeakers. The kids were then called into the party room for pizza and cake.
For the second year in a row, Alan had a baseball-themed, white marble cake from Giant Eagle. But this time we went all-out on the Indians theme. 🙂
Silliness ensued when Alan’s friends sang to him and he blew out his candles. After enjoying the cake, Alan requested my phone in order to follow the Indians-Red Sox game on Gamecast with Noah and Xavier. He also started a boo Red Sox chant in the room.
After the party, Alan handed out the treat bags we put together with prizes bought from Target and Browns/Buckeyes pencils. Kilian took home the “bonus bag” that Alan filled with extra cool prizes and a Cavaliers pencil.
But the fun didn’t stop there. When the party ended at 8pm, Alan and I drove up to Cleveland and traded in Gamecast for live action baseball at Progressive Field! During our drive, we listened on the radio as Josh Donaldson hit his first homerun as an Indian.
My best buddy turned 8 today!
Alan passed out Justice League pencils (featuring Green Lantern, Flash, Superman, and Batman) to his classmates at school today. He came home wearing a birthday sticker and slap bracelet (the same could easily have been said for me back in 1991). I surprised him at the bus stop, after leaving work early, and he was pretty shocked. Then we hung out for the afternoon during the lead up to his Sky Zone party!
Alan commented to me how his bus driver, teacher, and librarian were all celebrating the Browns’ big win and Baker Mayfield’s successful debut last night! This Browns fan didn’t need to wait to hear it from me — Cleveland was on fire!
Alan and Tyler celebrated their 8th and 7th birthdays at a family party today at Grandma Debbie’s house! The party was at the same time as the Browns’ season opener, so Alan and I were dressed accordingly.
Alan was in charge of setting up the candles on the boys’ vanilla cake. When the boys blew out the candles, Alan took the top row and Tyler took the bottom row.
Alan got a lot of great gifts, including the one he really wanted! It’s almost as if people knew he really likes Legos.
As always, Alan was so glad to have his cousins there! He was also very proud to show off his new violin, after having his very first lesson yesterday. He showed it off to the whole family.
Today Alan had his first birthday party with friends! It was a bowling party at Wickliffe Lanes. Among the attendees were his best friends Xavier, Cassidy, Grady, Brady, and Noah, as well as first grade classmates Kilian, Jonah, De’Onta, Kiara, Luke, Logan, Ryleigh, and Valentina.
Alan led off the lineup of 7 kids on his lane, while Xavier led 7 more on the other lane. Alan’s bowling highlight of the day was picking up a spare! Around the bowling, the kids had pizza that we picked up from Pizza Hut, chips, and of course cake. Alan’s friends had fun when Alan was blowing out the candles.
At the end of the party, Alan passed out Cars 3 party favor bags, which he and I had fun organizing on Friday night. Alan had also picked out a Cars 3 balloon on our way to the party to enhance the Cars 3 theme at his table. 🙂
It’s been a great week celebrating Alan’s 7th birthday!
My favorite guy turned 7 today!
Alan got to sleep in today since there was no school on his birthday due to Rosh Hashanah. Later he went to the beach with his Mom to walk by the water and fly a kite. It was the second straight year Alan had the day off on his birthday. His class celebrated with him yesterday by making birthday cards for him in class. And Alan gave all his classmates a Cars 3 pencil and sticker to take home.
Stay tuned for Sunday’s post, as the fun will continue this weekend!
Alan’s perfect record continued at Progressive Field today, as Alan moved to 7-0 on the season. Alan & Corey Kluber continue to be an unstoppable combination, dating back to Alan’s very first Indians game in 2013, when Kluber shut-out the Nationals 2-0.
There was a lot to celebrate at the ballpark today following the recent 22-game win streak and the Indians clinching of the AL Central late last night (not to mention it was Alan’s annual birthday game!). Alan and I enjoyed watching the Indians raise the AL Central Division Championship Flag during pregame while the fans applauded the team. Alan is aware of what has been going on this week, as he watched the recording of the walk-off for win #22, as well as the ovation after the win streak ended.
During the game, Alan enjoyed the big slide in the Kids Clubhouse and recorded his second career sub-7 seconds time in the simulated race.
Alan didn’t get to run the bases postgame (it was cancelled so the Indians players could salute the crowd), but that was okay for Alan. He wanted to get home and put together the lego seaplane that he received from Grandma Debbie at yesterday’s party!
Before we left, we bought an’ AL Central Champs’ pin to go along with the Indians poker chip magnets I bought while attending game #20 of the streak. Alan plus good luck charms could spell doom for the Indians competition during the playoffs…
Alan and Tyler celebrated their 7th and 6th birthdays at a family party today at Grandma Debbie’s house!
This year they had a Cars 3-themed cookie cake.
Alan’s favorite moment of the party was unwrapping the Paw Patrol Sea Patroller. He could barely contain his excitement. The cousins had a blast playing with it, as well as the other new toys.
After the party, Alan and Tyler took some photos together, and then they had their annual birthday party sleepover at Grandma Debbie’s!
The birthday festivities continued today for Alan, as he celebrated his 6th birthday with family!
A joint, Blaze-themed party was held at Grandma Debbie’s for both Alan and Tyler (who turned 5). Carleigh, Mariah, and Dominic were also there to celebrate, and they even posed for a nice picture (below).
The highlight of Alan’s day was receiving the Stellosphere (Miles From Tomorrowland). Alan had been asking for the Stellosphere for months and could barely contain his excitement when he opened it. That’s not to say he was surprised, though — he knew exactly what the gift was after examining it and shaking it days before. 🙂
At the party, the kids also had ice cream cake, put together a Lego boat (Alan’s gift), and played inside a tent (Tyler’s gift). And of course they chased each other around the living room!
Alan fell asleep on the way home, which was expected after 1) the excitement of the party and 2) probably not sleeping much during his sleepover with Tyler the night before. The two admitted today to pretending to sleep when Grandma Debbie checked on them. 🙂
It was a great day for both boys. With Tyler now living in the area, it probably won’t be the last time those two celebrate together!
This little guy is now 6 years old!
The birthday boy decided to celebrate his birthday at the MHS pool this evening, as it’s easily one of his favorite places. He particularly enjoyed swimming the length of the pool with his paddleboard and showing me the new tricks he’s learned in the water recently. He’s been daring enough lately to try swimming without a paddleboard too.
Alan got to sleep in today, since there was no school due to a teacher workday (he wore the birthday crown yesterday at school though, and received a birthday drawing from each of his classmates). Then he played at home all day until Mom and Dad got off work and brought cake. Just before going swimming, Alan got a long-awaited call from Blaze (from Blaze and the Monster Machines) to wish him a happy birthday!
Not a bad way to celebrate a 6th birthday! But there’s still more fun to be had this weekend! To be continued…
My favorite preschooler and little buddy turns 5 today!!
Alan had an action-packed weekend leading up to his big day today. On Friday, the family got together for a birthday party at Great-Grandma’s apartment. The living room looked great decked out in Paw Patrol-themed decorations! Alan loved opening his gifts, blowing out candles, and running around and laughing with his cousin Brenton. He was acting silly when I tried to take a picture of him with his Paw Patrol balloon (video).
On Saturday, Alan opened up gifts from Mommy and Daddy (and got a package from Luke!) after getting home from Chinese culture class. We also hit baseballs at the Oakville park earlier in the day – a new favorite weekend activity for us.
On Sunday, Alan began the day at the Beachwood Municipal Service Center for the 16th annual “Hands-on Trucks” event, where Alan got to see many different transportation vehicles – and a traffic light – up close. His favorite part was talking with rescue personnel while sitting inside an ambulance!
Then of course Sunday continued with an Indians game! We met Aunt Jill at the ballpark and also saw Uncle Robbie and Uncle David after they walked over from the Browns’ home opening win.
All of it was an exciting lead-up to today, when I joined Alan at school for his class party. I read his favorite books (Red Truck and Road Work) to the class while Alan sat next to me at the front of the class wearing his birthday crown and holding his toy red tow truck. Afterwards the class sang happy birthday (video) to Alan! Next we sang songs that Alan chose for the class – one of which involved signing all 26 letters of the alphabet (I learned that Alan really enjoys sign language!). Finally, we passed out Paw Patrol gift bags, which the kids loved.
In the afternoon Alan received his birthday call from the Paw Patrol (a perk of the Nick Jr. Birthday Club). And in the evening he attended a program at the Richmond Heights library with both Mommy & Daddy. It was a perfect day. 🙂
Alan thanks everyone for the gifts and attention he received this week!!
Alan celebrated his 5th birthday a day early at the ballpark today, as we watched the Tribe beat the White Sox 6-3!
As an MVP, he led the line again and was among the first to get out on the field following the game. Alan runs the bases so well now that I think Francona might want to use him as a pinch runner with the expanded rosters in September. Aunt Jill and I had to really motor around the bases just to keep up with him!
In addition to participating in our usual Kids Clubhouse activities, we also had baseball cards made of ourselves for the first time – one with both of us and one of just Alan. I love how they turned out!
Alan also enjoyed driving a new red truck in the clubhouse…and pretending to crash it into other red cars. 🙂
This little guy turns 4 today!! Love him so much!!
We had such a nice family celebration yesterday at Great-Grandma’s apartment. Alan thanks everyone for the thoughtful gifts!!
9/26/14 update: Today Alan’s “birthday week” continued, as he celebrated his birthday with his class. Alan brought in treats to share (goldfish crackers) and got to wear the birthday crown the whole day. He loved it!