Jake's birthday again fell on the week of spring break. Luckily, we had decided awhile ago not to do a big party. This is the first year since he was born I have not planned a big themed birthday party. While it was great not to have the extra stress of party planning, it actually felt really weird.
So the night before his birthday Jake had his two best friends Dominic and Kyle spend the night, along with Dominic's brother Michael who plays really well with Jadyn. The evening included video games, jumping on the trampoline, a Nerf war, general play, burgers and a chocolate cake with Grandma Anita's homemade frosting recipe. Yummy!
He also opened his present from Mom and Dad:
As the evening concluded, everyone settled down to watch Jake's current favorite movie, Battleship. They had been so active all evening that NONE of the boys made it to the end of the movie (and frankly neither did I).
The next day everyone had a big breakfast and we headed down to Chuck E. Cheese. Jake is really into Minecraft (the video game version of Legos is how I like to explain it) so that was the kind of, sort of theme for his birthday. At least, it was the villainous creepers that were on top of his cupcakes and displayed on his t-shirt:
Jake really wanted to go to Chuck E. Cheese to play games, go in the ticket blaster and eat pizza but he honestly could have done without all the attention from Chuck himself. He was a pretty good sport about it though.
We finished off Jake's birthday that night with a car picnic at Sonic. The whole family including Kuma was able to celebrate. Although more low-key than previous years, Jake declared it his best birthday ever. Hearing that makes it all worth it.
I know this sounds really cliche, but I am having a hard time wrapping my head around the concept that our son, my baby boy is 9. While he is definitely ALL boy and has his moments of sulkiness, the one thing that hasn't changed is that he likes to end each day with snuggling with Mommy. I guess as long as that continues, I can get past the fact that time just goes by WAY. TOO. FAST.
Happy 9th birthday to Jake "the chocolate shake" Funny Nose. No amount of words can express my love.