Showing off the Nerf gun his sister gave him. This gun was definitely his most hoped for present and his sister got big points for being the one to acquire it.
Admiring the Nerf vest from his Grandpa, which until this vital moment he didn't even know was part of the Nerf arsenal. He keeps it fully loaded by his bed at night.
Now completely geared up for birthday fun - what you can't see is the important contraption on his back, a camelback water back pack (from his seriously outdoor geeky grandma), thus enabling him to shoot many, many, many Nerf darts at his friends without even the need to pause for a drink.
And finally the birthday party. 10 boys shooting foam darts at each other for two hours. Serious, sweaty, wild (and well facilitated) fun.
Watching kids grow is a privilege, but watching them indulge in being the focus of their day is so much fun!