Each year around this time I beg my little man to stop growing and just stay little forever. He has tried to no end to explain to me, "I can't do that mommy! Growing older is just a part of life!" Well that little man turned eight on the 26th. And again, we celebrated with lots and lots of LEGOS!
For his school birthday we took his friends special pudding cup treats in the shape of lego man heads. The loved them, especially since Mommy broke the health rule and sneaked them in the back door! SHHHH! Sissy was even there to celebrate since she got a half day off of school for Good Friday. One of the best things about working at your child's school is being able to sneak in for little moments like these.
His party took place at Skallywag Tag this year.
I have to admit it wasn't my kind of party. We were rushed and the decorations had to be at a minimum. (Two things I am not good with!!)
His cake was adorable. The cake was being constructed by mini-figures, and the rest of the mini-figures were holding the candles. Jax even helped me build a cake stand and holder for the forks and knives. We also made leg necklaces for everyone. The kids had a ball. And Jackson received more than enough lego kits to keep us busy all through Spring Break.
I had to share this especially creative present from Uncle Timmy and Aunt Charm.
They tossed 50 wadded up bills in a bag and threw some balloons on top. We had a ball counting them and guessing how many there were. He through there had to be "at least a thousand." That's the thing with eight-year-olds. There's no difference between 50 dollars and a thousand. Oh to be a kid!
As with Gracie's birthday, Rudy, our elf on the shelf, came back to celebrate Jackson's birthday. He tossed balloons all over the floor strung streamers all over the room, and hung a Happy Birthday banner across the entertainment center. We always feel special when Rudy comes back to celebrate our special day.
The real highlight of Jackson's birthday came the following afternoon when we went to the aquarium to take part in the Penguin Encounter. It's funny, Jackson is suddenly infatuated with penguins! He loves them!! He has stuffed penguins that he drags around, and even wanted to be one for Halloween. We knew that he would love the experience, so we couldn't wait to surprise him.
The penguins were hilariously adorable. Jackson laughed the entire time.
Just watching them waddle all over the place made him smile.
There was one super cute guy that kept coming up to my legs and climbing behind them.
I loved it. Jackson loved it when "Paula" one of the penguins played hopscotch and kept jumping from one foot to the next, bouncing all around the room on our feet. It was a great day we will remember always. I still can't believe my baby is eight-years-old. But as he kindly and gently reminds me everyday, he has to keep growing up because "that's just life mommy!"
Happy Birthday Buddy!