I blinked and Axel is 4! My sweet, wild, strong willed, loving, march to his own beat little boy has given me so many moments of “I can’t believe he did that” but this boy taught me a lesson on his big day. Here’s a quick recap of what we did to celebrate my favorite 4 year old!
We started our day by taking Mia to school but after we dropped big sister off we headed off to our favorite donut shop, Donut Bar! If you’re ever in San Diego you HAVE to make a stop there. They have donuts and beer, it doesn’t get much better than that! I had the french toast donut, Matt had the grilled cheese donut, and we got Mia a unicorn donut to bring home. All of their donuts are amazing and worth every penny! Axel is a lover of all things chocolate so we got him a chocolate donut with a special birthday candle in it. Of course he thought it was so cool and having most of our attention, we still had August with us, made it all the better. If your wondering why Axel has a backpack with him, it really has an obvious answer… He had to fill it up with ALL of his cars from the movie Cars!
While we were walking back to our car I asked Axel what he wanted to do and he responded with “I want to go home and watch a movie!” I was shocked, I told him we could do whatever he wanted and he was thrilled to go home to watch a movie with his Mom and Dad. So we came home to do that. We watched superhero movies because Axel basically is a superhero!
After we picked up Mia from school I asked him what he wanted for dinner. You’ll never guess what he said, he wanted a happy meal!! I suggested multiple restaurants and Chuck-E-Cheese and he said “nope, I want a toy from McDonald’s”. Mia then asked if the McDonald’s by our house has a play place, but I couldn’t remember so I suggested Chick-fil-a.
Axel got superhero capes for his birthday from his aunt and uncle, let me tell you it was a huge success! We played superhero’s for a good hour. Axel made sure that we stuck to our character names for the rest of the day, Dad was Captain America, I was Spider-Girl, Mia was Super-Girl, and Axel was Batman! Unfortunately August was the damsel in distress that we had to save. Axel kept saying “TIME TO SAVE THE DAY!” and “let’s get the bad guys, save the baby!” It was so cute and he was living his best life!
We headed to Chick-fil-a in full costume, Matt, Mia, and I were all a little hesitant about leaving the car with a cape and mask on but Axel was so excited we sucked it up and went with it. Everyone was staring at us but we just kept on walking in and did our thing. We ate, the kids played in the play place, and we ended our trip by having ice cream cones and singing happy birthday for the 3rd time that day!
Once we got home we got everyone ready for bed and when tucking Axel in I sat down to talk to him about his day. I asked him if he had a good day and he responded with “yup” (his newest response to most questions). Simple as that, he had the biggest smile on his face and that was enough to tell me how much fun he had.
Now onto the lesson. This boy had a donut, watched a movie, ran around with a cape, had chicken nuggets, and had the best day. Do you see how simple that is?! He didn’t need some expensive extravagant gift or a super thought out day. Axel was happy just being with his favorite people and playing with us. One, how amazing is my boy?! And two, why do I always put so much pressure on myself to make things perfect!? We took the day hour by hour and it was great, minimum melt downs (Axel really didn’t want to leave Chick-fil-a), and so many laughs! I need to take a lesson from my 4 year old and just let things be for what they are and have fun with it. It’s so easy to get caught up in the every day things but for a little boy it doesn’t take much to bring happiness. Let’s all let our inner child come out and enjoy the little things that life brings us!
Happy birthday Axel Steven, keep doing things that make you happy even if it doesn’t make sense to anyone else in the room! You’re an amazing little boy.