the youngest of my guys is now 5

This guy just turned 5.

I asked him what the best thing about being five is…he responded, “I’m more stronger and more braver.”

Five is a pretty awesome age.

Goodness his smile slays me.

I thought I had birthday candles, but I did not. When I remember, I sit those candles next to each person’s plate at dinner. They are lit when everyone comes to eat. We take turns going around the table sharing something that we are grateful for related to the day. At the end of the meal, everyone gets to blow out their candle…their favorite part. I noticed I didn’t have birthday candles. He could have cared less what kind of candle was in front of his breakfast plate, as long as he got to blow out five.

I tried all day to convince him to let me take some birthday pictures. There was no convincing. I’ve learned not to push my kids related to pictures. If they don’t want to pose for a few pictures, I just wait until they decide they are ready. I’ve learned the more I push them related to being photographed, the more it pushes them away. I try hard to keep their experiences with my camera positive and it usually results in them either not noticing my camera or not caring.

With exception to FireCracker.

She is pretty much always in the mood to pose.

So here she is…on his fifth birthday. I’ll try again to capture him today!

And then she looked over and noticed her ‘power vest’ was not on. Had to get it on…

Happy Thursday!

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  • Michelle H. - ~ precious! ~

  • kimberly oyler - i am just so sure that firecracker and i would be best friends. the 16 year age difference shouldn’t be a problem, right? 🙂

  • Sarah{Handbags*N*Pigtails} - Hahah…she cracks me right up. Happy birthday to your handsome boy!

  • TLL - Those pictures of firecracker were awesome! I was laughing out loud at work!!! Happy Birthday!

  • Danielle - My youngest little man is five also, such a great age. If I really want my boys to be in pics it usually involves my painting their faces as superheros and letting them jump off of things 🙂 Most of the time I am too lazy to do that!

  • Tonya - They are all just too cute!

  • Sharon @ Discovering Blog - Adorable! My girl has been acting up in front of the camera more, and I LOVE IT.

    Happy Birthday to your 5 year old! Hope he has the best day ever.

  • amber - That girl is a nut! She & my 3 year old son would hit it right off. That child makes me laugh everyday, & never on purpose. LOL! Happy birthday to your sweet little man. 5 is a big one…

  • Necole @seriouslysassymama - Birthdays are the best. My girl and I always talk about the best part of our day at the dinner table. I love that it was their idea.

  • the inadvertent farmer - Too bad you have a daughter that has so little personality, lol! She is very appropriately named here on the blog! Yes 5 is a wonderful age, have one myself and he cracks me up daily. Thanks Ashley, I look forward to my daily read Under your Sycamore! Kim

  • Melanee - HaPpY BiRtHdAy to your little guy! I absolutely adore your new space.

  • Kara M - Her “power vest?” That is awesome!!

  • Angie - Happy Birthday to your little man! My little guy turned five last month. It’s a bittersweet age. So much change ahead with school and everything. Looking forward to seeing his pics.

    This is off topic but the artwork at the top of your blog with the flowers and hand drawn looking font, is there a particular name for that style of art? I have seen several quotes on the internet done in similar styles and I would like to do a search for inspirational quotes or pictures in that fashion for my daughter’s room? Thanks for your help!

  • giozi - He looks really happy.
    Love your living room, love that light.

  • giozi - Congratulationsssssssssss !!!

  • jenny - oh my word! I love these photos of firecracker! She reminds me so much of my little girl-they both have lots of spunk! 😉

  • Jennifer - I learn so much from you!
    Happy Birthday to your little man!

    OH, do you think Little one would let you capture her little feet for you….for the picture of when you click to get to your blog?

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - I think I need a power vest 🙂

  • meg duerksen - it’s too bad she is so shy….

    give her a lick from me. 🙂

  • Amanda - Firecracker slays me! Always brings a smile to my face! Happiest birthday to the little guy too!

  • Heidi Jo the Artist - Happy Birthday Big Guy! That is awesome that you don’t push the camera on your kiddos. I’m the same way (hence the reason I don’t have many photos of my older son on instagram), but I know a lot of parents aren’t that way…

    And Firecracker! Awesome you got photos of her! She looks so much like her mama. 🙂 My daughter is the same way, “take some pictures of me!”

    You have a beautiful family, loved the shots of the kiddos with the baby chicks, so sweet!

  • AshleyAnn - Meg – come back and you can give her a lick yourself! 🙂

  • emily - Ah, she reminds me so much of my 3 year old, Poppy. That age is SO fun and my girl is SO spunky just like this. LOVE those personalities so much and love seeing them in all their glory. 🙂

  • Kimberly Dial - He’s a cutie! Having only raised sons I’ve got a soft spot for them for sure. Happy birthday to your sweet boy! That Firecracker sure keeps things interesting, doesn’t she? 😉

  • Gina - Happy Birthday to the big Little Brother! Firecracker is such a firecracker!! Gotta love an expressive kid who hams it up for the camera!!

  • Heather - Loved these pictures…firecracker makes me smile! Five is such a fun age.

  • Margo - The name Firecracker fits her well….she is growing up so fast and she cracks me up!

  • Kiki - Happy Birthday to your little (or not so little?) guy! I love that idea of candles at dinner. At the preschool I helped out at, we had those fake flickering candles (the ones that turn on with a switch) that we would pull out sometimes for special occasions. It was definitely a favorite and the kids loved “blowing” them out.

    Oh, and I should probably mention that Firecracker cracks me up! She is such a spunky girl! 🙂

  • Jen - Happy birthday to your strong brave boy! Firecracker always brings a smile to my face. She is a joy.

  • Jacci in Ohio - I want a seat by Firecracker in Glory 🙂

  • Stoich91 - “stronger and braver”…every little brother’s wish, no matter how old ;D haha

    Firecracker is set for a life on-stage/modeling. She is just wayyy comfortable in front of the camera…very drawing personality!

  • mandy - Happy Birthday buddy! You are definitely becoming “stronger and braver” each day!

  • AshleyAnn - Jennifer – I never click on that page of my website so I always forget about that picture. I need to update that!

  • AshleyAnn - Angie – It is by Katie Daisy, here is a link

  • AshleyAnn - Kimberly – not a problem at all 🙂

  • elizabeth H - she *is* such a silly goose :0)
    happy happy birthday to your littlest guy ~ my little buddy is 4
    & i want to keep him this age…it’s SO SO sweet!!