It's like the Birthday That Never Ends around here. Noah's been living it up with birthday cards from grandparents and an early birthday celebration Sunday with his friends, and then his "real birthday" wishes today. He is a little disappointed to be only four and not jump straight from three to five, but hopefully he can deal with that letdown until next year.
He enjoyed his presents (box from Kinder including the lovely glasses pictured below, Thomas birthday train that goes perfectly with his train tracks, game with words/letters)...
but this was his favorite, the one he's been asking for for months. He was overjoyed with it, and told me that I don't have to vacuum anymore; he will do it. And he has, at least three times a day since he opened it. He would vacuum all day long if it stayed charged up long enough. He's even taught our French neighbors the words "vacuum cleaner" in English, because he always plays with their toy vacuum when we go to their house.
The last four years have been kind of a blur, but we are hoping 4 is the magic age where Noah wants to start obeying and thinking up fewer crazy things to do. Shhhh, it's his birthday, don't disillusion me!!!