Today Riley is four years old, and although we had his official birthday celebration a couple weeks ago, I wanted to do something today. He was running a fever this morning but rallied by afternoon, and once JB got home from work we all had a very fancy formal birthday dinner together:

(Sigh. Photobombed AGAIN.)

Mini-cupcakes were adorned:


Wishes were made:


Presents were opened:


And road-tested:


There was tomfoolery:


And ridiculous toddler ass-toots:


And somehow this guy:


Has turned into this:


Four! Oh, he’s all elbows and imagination and opinions and endless questions and barely contained enthusiasm these days, and sometimes I think how terrifying parenthood really is, because this love just grows and grows and grows, along with the baby who is now a boy who will someday be a man and like they all say, it goes so fast.


79 Responses to “Four”

  1. Sundry on September 1st, 2009 10:47 am

    Stefanie: ha ha ha ha ha ha NO.

  2. Miss Grace on September 1st, 2009 10:51 am

    This is such a GOOD day for birthdays. Happy birthday!

  3. Courtney on September 1st, 2009 10:53 am

    I got a bike helment for my (25th) birthday this year too! But mine is boring white instead of awesome and looking like flames!

    Happy 4th Birthday to Riley!

  4. Sonia on September 1st, 2009 11:21 am

    Happy Birthday Riley!!!!!!

  5. Jaidnoire on September 1st, 2009 11:29 am

    Happy Birthday Riley!!! JB is hilarious…
    My little guy is turning 2 in a few days and I’m confused at where the time went…

  6. Kelly on September 1st, 2009 12:13 pm

    Happy birthday, little dude!

  7. nonsoccermom on September 1st, 2009 1:28 pm

    Happy birthday, Riley! That first photo cracked me up, by the way.

  8. Amy on September 1st, 2009 2:18 pm

    Happy Birthday!!! I can’t believe he’s 4. I think I started reading you when he was just over a year old. Damn…now I feel old :)

  9. Amanda on September 1st, 2009 2:19 pm

    Happy Birthday Riley!!

  10. Jessi on September 1st, 2009 3:56 pm

    What a great bunch of boys you have! Happy Birthday Riley!

  11. warcrygirl on September 1st, 2009 4:13 pm

    Happy belated birthday Riley! Captain Destructo turned 8 on the 27th and his cousin did the same on the 31st (and to think I missed leaving a comment on the correct day!). August birthdays ROCK.

  12. Chloe on September 1st, 2009 4:25 pm

    I can’t believe Riley is FOUR! Sometimes my mind is blown by how long I’ve been reading your blog. Twelve years. Holy crap. (I’ve followed you from Diaryland, yes).

    This was really touching, by the way. :D

  13. kat on September 1st, 2009 4:25 pm

    four! happy belated!

  14. Deanna on September 1st, 2009 6:34 pm

    Happy Birthday Riley! I have so enjoyed reading about your life and adventures!

  15. Sara on September 1st, 2009 8:55 pm

    Hooray! What a lovely account, and I love the happy (and crazy) expressions.

  16. Lesley on September 1st, 2009 10:00 pm

    who is now a boy who will someday be a man

    I like how you skipped right past “teenager.” I understand those years slow time right down. But maybe that’s only with girl children.

    Happy birthday to Riley who, no doubt, will soon be off the training wheels.

    (The photobombs are poetic in their own way.)

  17. Food Sensations on September 1st, 2009 11:35 pm

    Happy Birthday Riley.

    He looks like such a teenager :) before long he will be getting his license and par time after school job.

    Oh, and Dylan looks so good in these pictures.
    Wonderful happy family.

  18. el-e-e on September 2nd, 2009 6:36 am

    I love having a “day-of” birthday party with just the family.

    Happy 4th to Riley! He’s a Rockstar!

  19. KB on September 2nd, 2009 7:27 am

    Ugh, my daughter just turned four. I can’t even pretend she’s a baby anymore. Sigh.

  20. MyHormonesMadeMeDoIt on September 2nd, 2009 7:54 am

    How cute are those family photos…Happy Birthday Riley!

  21. Kami Lewis Levin on September 2nd, 2009 8:06 am

    I’m not that kind of girl, but…this gave me goosebumps. The Hallmark kind. My kid turns four in January. He of course is counting down the days. “Don’t be sad, Mommy. I’ll always be your baby.” Sniff.

  22. Kelli on September 2nd, 2009 11:15 am

    Linda, you look stunning in that photo.

    Happy 4th to Mr. Riley!

  23. Jem on September 2nd, 2009 2:12 pm

    Happpy Birthday Riley!!! :)

  24. Carrie @ Who Knew? on September 2nd, 2009 5:51 pm

    How does that happen? My baby turns 1 in a couple of weeks and I’m still standing here saying wait wasn’t she just born. Cliche but so true.

    Happy birthday to your son!

  25. Maria on September 2nd, 2009 8:33 pm

    Happy Birthday, gorgeous kid. I wish you could play with my goofy little boy.

  26. Amanda of Shamelessly Sassy on September 7th, 2009 1:26 pm

    I’m going to be honest here: Age 4 is a bitch.

  27. Martha on September 11th, 2009 7:15 am

    You just make me smile.

  28. Deanna on September 28th, 2009 5:48 am

    Quick photogoraphy question: what function are you using for the highlighting effect you are doing lately? Is it just dodge and burn in photoshop?? I am far from a photoshop pro but that is a neat thing you are doing there.

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