Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spring Time = Birthday Time

Jack turned 6 this week. It is crazy for me to think that it has been six years since this little man came into our lives. It is also crazy to think that in those six years we have added 2 more boys to our family.  I still remember getting ready to go to the hospital to have Jack and thinking, "Nope, I changed my mind, I don't want to do this." Not the baby, but the actual labor/delivery. Scared out of my mind.  But 8 hours later, Jack was born and I was thrilled. Thrilled that he was a boy, and that he was born on March 27th, the same day as his Great-Uncle Jack.  It was the best Easter ever. Except that I did miss my ham and scalloped potatoes. Oh well.

If you recall, birthdays have been tough for Jack. When he turned 4, I was sure I had a great day planned for him. But it wasn't so, by the time we got to his birthday dinner we were hardly on speaking terms.  Then last year his birthday was on Saturday and we spent all day getting ready for his family party. Forcing him into his clothes was a very traumatic experience and set him up for a very unhappy birthday party. Remember this, he spent the whole time under my chair.

This year he asked for 2 girls from school to come home for his birthday lunch. I was a little worried about the dynamics of the 2 girls and 2 boys, but they were great. Aside from the absolute crazy, excited running around yelling, all was good. Then on his actual birthday we spent time as a family of 5. No big party, no set agenda, just time to be together with Jack.

He said this was "The best day ever".  Makes my heart melt.


 Jack, Grace, & Eleanor

 So scary


 His presents: a mouse and a grabber. 
Perfect.

 Jack's birthday breakfast: Monkey Bread

 His morning present: a fleece
Soft like his blanket, but unlike his blanket, he can wear it!

 Um, no kiss please.

 Boom Noodle for calamari and soup





 Chocolate-chocolate cupcakes, some with vanilla frosting because mom hates chocolate








 Micah defending Jack while he opens his presents.
Must keep the baby away.



The brownie says it all.

4 comments:

Brandon said...

I can't believe it has been 6 years either! It was a good birthday. :-) I wouldn't trade the last 6 years for anything. Love this boy, the other 2, and you, thank you sweets.

Lisa said...

I'll never forget that day either! Getting woken up by a phone call from mom and the first thing she says to me is "are you ready to be an aunt?" To which I replied "I am an aunt..." Takes my brain a few minutes to catch up in the morning! :) Spending the day in Seattle and the sheer joy of holding him for the first time!! Love you guys and can't wait to see you tomorrow! :)

Michelle said...

I loved that moment when we saw Jack for the first time...everyone taking turns holding him and saying 'hi'....I would say I can't believe he's six, but when I look at those birthday pictures I believe it. I see a six year old!

Kevin said...

It took me more than a few minutes to realize the boys were sitting in your living room, with the new windows! Looks great!