#1 He's a very thankful and appreciative child who can be easily pleased. I asked him what he wanted for his special breakfast and all he said was "oatmeal and fruits". The day before, we picked up some fruits at the grocery store and upon seeing me put in some strawberries and a cantaloupe into the cart, he replied "This is going to be the BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!"
#2 He loves visiting new places and discovering new things which is why we brought him to the Petrosains Science Center at Suria Mall where he learned a lot about science and got to do a whole bunch of hands on activities. Some kids might be a little sad having to spend their birthday in a new country, surrounded by new faces and away from their friends, but when we told Ben he'd be having his 5th birthday in Malaysia he was so excited. He even said, "Mommy, next year I wanna have my birthday in Egypt!" I just love his adventurous spirit...
#3 Ben loves to make funny faces and taking pictures definitely captures his range of expressions. Our nickname for him around the house is BEAN as in Mr. Bean and if you watch Mr. Bean then you know why. You can probably guess by now who's the culprit behind perfectly imperfect family photos.
I wonder where he gets it from.
#4 After we had his birthday dinner at Chili's, we asked him if he wanted his chocolate cake for dessert. He said, "No". Baffled, we continued ice cream then? No. Cupcakes? No. Donuts? No. Brownie fudge sundae? No. Instead of a sweet treat or dessert with a candle on top, this boy asked for one thing and one thing only. MORE BUFFALO WINGS! He's probably the only 5 year old I know who'd rather have buffalo wings instead of cake and ice cream for his birthday. We sang happy birthday to him as he made a wish and "blew out" his spicy, saucy drumsticks.
#5 But like any other kid on the planet, Ben LOVES candy. We only allow them candy on three occasions; Easter, Halloween and their birthdays. So to top off his birthday celebration we brought him to Candylicious where he was overwhelmed with the myriad of sweet, sour, fruity, chewy, chocolatey selections. After walking around the entire store several times and two visits to the restroom, he walked out with some Formula Sour juice candy and a Batman Pez dispenser. He was a happy boy.
Happy Birthday Ben and may you continue to be a thankful, adventurous, humorous, unique and happy kid! Love you BEAN!