Here's a look into the mind of our sweet, creative, intelligent little man...
What is your name?
What is your age?
Thee (holds up three fingers and gives a big smile)
What is your favorite thing to do?
Um, to play T-Ball!
Do you have any nicknames?
What do you want to be when you grow up?
What is your favorite thing to do with your family?
What makes you happy?
What do you like to learn about?
Mixers... it mixes the ingredients all up. (You can tell he loves to help in the kitchen!)
What makes you sad?
It's hard to know.
What do you do really well?
If you had a million dollars what would you buy?
Pears. (The day before we had read a story showing a person eating a pear, and Parker decided he had to have one. I promised him we'd look for pears at the grocery store the next time we went, and he wasn't about to forget!)
If you could go anywhere, where would it be?
To Target. (I'm sure it has nothing to do with the Starbucks milk and cake pops he gets to pick out when he go!)
What do you like about going to the symphony?
Seeing the conductor.
What do you like about the orchestra?
I like the viola. And I like the cellos. And I like the double basses. And I like the oboe. And I like the clarinet. And I like the bassoon. Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon.
What do you like about going to hockey games?
Being so loud.
What do you remember from this year?
Going to Connor's (restaurant).
What was your favorite birthday present?
The big, big excavator.
What do you order at Starbucks?
Chocolate or regular milk.
Song: London Bridges
Food: Ice Cream
Book: Little Blue Truck Leads the Way
Toy: The ball tower
Music: Vivaldi Spring
Parker's actual birthday this year started with Mommy and Daddy singing Happy Birthday and bringing in a birthday balloon! It was Max's off-Friday, so we got to spend the whole day as a family.
Then we jumped in Pepper and road tripped to Chattanooga where we visited the Tennessee Aquarium.
I grew up going to The Monterey Bay Aquarium so my standards are high, but I am actually equally impressed with the Tennessee Aquarium! No, it doesn't cycle in ocean water like Monterey's, but it does have a ton to see, including penguins, otters, jellyfish, sea horses and a ginormous tank with sharks - my favorite!
Parker's takeaway message from this exhibit: Alligators eat people!
We lunched in downtown Chattanooga (where the aquarium is located) then hit up the rest of the aquarium. It was the perfect birthday outing!
By the time we rolled back into Huntsville it was almost dinnertime. Parker had been talking for months about going to I Heart Sushi for his birthday dinner, and we were happy to oblige. Little Man went to town when our meal arrived! Chopsticks for the win!
And of course we ended the day with birthday cake - yellow with chocolate frosting, just like he was hoping for! Parker was all kinds of happy.
Happy Birthday, PCK!