Every mom must say this once a year; every year: ‘I can’t believe my baby is now 1’, then 2, then 3…! Well, I must have said it like a 1000 times over the last few weeks… and then, on Friday, it happened… and my baby Logan turned 5. And just like that, it seemed like it was all over and I didn’t have babies anymore. Hopefully, as I was about to cry, Logan told me that he’d be a baby until he’s 9. I’ll take that Loggy! And maybe a few more months after that if that’s okay with you!
I’ve never seen anyone being this excited about a birthday… EVER. Not even I as a kid, and God knows how I loved my birthday celebrations!!! Since he turned 4 he’s been wanting to be 5, just like Liam. And for the last 40 days, first thing in the morning, he’s been sneaking into our bedroom to give us the countdown.
He didn’t ask for a specific birthday-theme. So I tried to influence him with Cars, then Tsum Tsum, then Minions, etc. But nothing got him excited… until a few months ago when I mentioned maybe a music birthday party!
Fun theme, but after looking through stores and online, a music party is well, meh! Nothing for kids… So along the way, I added my own twist to it: a Beatles music birthday party! He was all for it… and boy did I had fun with this one!
Everything was from scratch. After all, where can you find Beatles stuff for a 5 year old!?! He wanted lots of colors, so it all started with a picture of the band from the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club… oh yeah, the one with the satin suits! And then came the birthday theme title: All you need is Lo…gan!!! Brian says it’s corny; but I think it’s clever! I’m so proud of that one, and it made such a great poster!
We already had a turntable and some Beatles records to go with the theme. My friend Rachel designed the poster for the cake table that I got printed at Walmart for less than 15$. Then went to a consignment store and found some cheap women satin blouse and drape ropes to make some nice Beatles’ outfits for the boys so they would have their own satin suits. It’s one of my favorite projects ever for sure… my sewing machine didn’t cooperate, so I glue gunned everything! They went crazy when they putted the shirts on… brought my Fender pink guitar out as well as a kid’s microphone to take some pictures. That’s when they both started to scream ‘Rock & Roll’!!! I’ve never said those words in my life so no clue where this came from, but it gave me a hilarious photo-shoot!
I had some help from my friend Catherine who ran errands for me and then took our Abbey Road family picture. We blew what seems like hundreds of balloons… wanted more, but had to stop cause my fingers had blisters. Made a few Beatles cakes and lots of food: “I am the Eggman” devil eggs, “Yellow Submarine” twinkies, salads, sausage in a bun, beans and nachos and guac. I found an old box full of records in the garage that Brian’s uncle Bobby (famous family musician himself) had given him years ago, and used it for decorations, and garlands and cake stands. Spent 90 minutes making a Beatles mural in the parking lot. Then it was finally time for Logan’s Beatles birthday party to begin!
But a few hours earlier… on Friday morning, the birthday boy was ready to rock and roll at something like 6 am when he came running in our bedroom to tell us it was his birthday! Not sure how many times he asked when his guests were coming after that, as he was just so excited.
Finally, friends and family arrived. He played with his cousins, gave kisses to everyone coming through the door, putted all the gifts on the birthday gifts table, had a blast in the pool, played in the backyard, and then by 6pm or so, he decided to take a nap on the couch! He was done! Not sure if it was all the stress and the excitement or just fatigue, but he was out. So we all had diner without the birthday boy. Then, I woke him up for gifts opening and cake. Poor baby, he was so lost, but also so happy that it was still his birthday!
He was so spoiled, and then thanked everyone for all the birthday presents, one by one. He then wanted to blow his candles. I asked him to put on his satin suit for the birthday cake picture… and he was okay with it… which secretly made me so happy! So we all sang and cheered, and he was so happy.
Oh yeah, right before Loggy’s nap, all the kids (as well as a few grown-ups) played an intense baseball game in the backyard, with some pretty excited spectators on the deck, all with their favorite drink in their hand. That was Brian’s favorite part of the evening. Later, once everyone had enjoy their Beatles piece of cake, just as it started to get dark outside, I threw a few dozen glow sticks in the pool and jumped in with all the kids… a few dozen glow sticks and a million mosquitos… still, that was one of my favorite part of the evening! It was so much fun!
Once the party was over, kids left with sweets from the Piñata while our adult guests left with some “Strawberry Jam Forever” jars, as thank you gift. It went all too fast. He cried when I sang ‘All you need is Logan’ in his bed. He wanted his birthday to last forever… well, he is my son after all, and he loves a good party as much as I do!
Logan, you’re the funniest person I know. You are an emotional roller-coaster and you are proud of it, and that’s okay, because what you love, you love it passionately, and I love this about you. You love your brother to pieces, your family, your bunny, McQueen, French Fries with vinegar, singing, dancing, playing board games, going to school, hiding stuff everywhere that we won’t find until later, as well as giving me millions of kisses every day. We adore you baby Loggy. You may grow old, but as you do, please don’t ever stop being who you are. ‘Love is all, Love is you’.