but seriously, it was a blast. we got a house out at lincoln city, oregon & had sam's parents, his sister & her husband come along too. the boys chased waves, looked for shells & played in the sand. the highlight of the trip (and the thing parker still talks about a month later as his favorite part) was climbing up on rocks & searching for sea creatures in tide pools. we saw sea anemones, sponges, clams, mussels, snails, sea urchins, crabs & the highlight was finding a starfish.
five is such a fun age. both boys are in such good places right now & taking them on adventures is pretty much the best thing ever. i seriously can't believe parker will be starting kindergarten in the fall & i'll be down to one kid for most of the day monday through friday. what even is time?? it's a mean, mean thing, whatever it is.
at five parker is still obsessed with animals. he has read his animal encyclopedia before bed every night since christmas & has virtually every animal's name in the book memorized as well as a ton of facts. his favorite show is octonauts & he is so fascinated with ocean animals. he still loves going to the zoo, playing with his stuffed animals & building things with legos. he's always assigning everyone in the family different characters to be from different stories & is pretty much playing some sort of scenario out at all times. he loves going on hikes & will hike around 2 miles or so before his legs get too tired & the complaints start. he is obsessed with turning over big rocks to look for bugs, worms or snails under them & isn't afraid to pick up whatever he finds for a closer look. he can count to 100 & sight read all sorts of words... especially animal names. he's excited for kindergarten but was super sad to say goodbye to all his friends from preschool. i know he'll love kindy & will do so well though, his brain is just ready for it. this summer he's going to do swimming lessons, a zoo camp & play soccer in the fall. he's just the coolest little kid & is super easy going like he always has been. he's just my little buddy.
here are a few (ha!) pics from our weekend at lincoln city celebrating p-ray. making birthdays into weekend adventures is becoming tradition & we're already looking forward doing it again next year.
happy birthday parker ray. we love you so much & had a blast celebrating your big day with you.