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:

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(Sigh. Photobombed AGAIN.)

Mini-cupcakes were adorned:

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Wishes were made:

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Presents were opened:

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And road-tested:

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There was tomfoolery:

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And ridiculous toddler ass-toots:

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And somehow this guy:

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Has turned into this:

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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.

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Sundry
Sundry
13 years ago

Stefanie: ha ha ha ha ha ha NO.

Miss Grace
13 years ago

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

Courtney
Courtney
13 years ago

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!

Sonia
13 years ago

Happy Birthday Riley!!!!!!

Jaidnoire
Jaidnoire
13 years ago

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…

Kelly
13 years ago

Happy birthday, little dude!

nonsoccermom
13 years ago

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

Amy
Amy
13 years ago

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 :)

Amanda
13 years ago

Happy Birthday Riley!!

Jessi
13 years ago

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

warcrygirl
13 years ago

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.

Chloe
Chloe
13 years ago

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

kat
kat
13 years ago

four! happy belated!

Deanna
Deanna
13 years ago

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

Sara
13 years ago

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

Lesley
Lesley
13 years ago

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.)

Food Sensations
13 years ago

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.

el-e-e
13 years ago

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

Happy 4th to Riley! He’s a Rockstar!

KB
KB
13 years ago

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

MyHormonesMadeMeDoIt
13 years ago

How cute are those family photos…Happy Birthday Riley!

Kami Lewis Levin
13 years ago

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.

Kelli
13 years ago

Linda, you look stunning in that photo.

Happy 4th to Mr. Riley!

Jem
Jem
13 years ago

Happpy Birthday Riley!!! :)

Carrie @ Who Knew?
13 years ago

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!

Maria
13 years ago

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

Amanda of Shamelessly Sassy

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

Martha
Martha
13 years ago

You just make me smile.

Deanna
13 years ago

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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