Sunday, March 13, 2011

Happy 6th Birthday Jacob!

Happy Birthday to my BIG 6 year old Jacob!!!!
His birthday was actually March 1st, here I am updating March 13th but that is OK because that date will always mean something to this Momma, the 13th was his due date!

We started celebrating the night before his birthday. I let the birthday boys always pick their dinner meal and we were going to be at soccer practice the night of his birthday. He picked "breakfast for dinner" which he loves so we had that the night before. Even better, that is a meal that Daddy loves to cook so he did most of the dinner!
Some of his favorites grits, bacon, even pigs in a blanket for this bday boy!

On the morning of his birthday another tradition, breakfast in bed! And that breakfast in bed is SUGAR cereal!
I know Jacob loves this because he asked me about 2 weeks before his birthday if I remembered when I fixed him breakfast in bed when he turned 3, 4 & 5. I told him I did remember that:)

He is our 6 year old acting like a teenager and getting harder and harder to wake up in the morning. Look at those squinting eyes!

He got to open a present before he went to school. A Saints jersey!

Momma and Micah took cupcakes to his class and it just happened to be school picture day so they ate lunch outside which was fun!

Micah in the shade of his stroller. This was before his 1st dermatologist appt, his poor little itchy face!

Playing outside after school

Mema came to play with Jacob for a little while. She is turning into a "boy" Mema and even played basketball with Jacob!

Logan looks on at Jacob's first soccer practice
The next weekend we had some family over for Jacob's birthday. Here are the 3 boys, getting harder and harder to photograph!
Jacob (6) Logan (2 1/2) Micah (3 months)

Opening presents with cousin Nathan

Jacob picked out a football cake

Jacob with his grandparents

Instead of having a "friend" party this year, Jacob and Daddy got to go to a Hawks game! Jacob was so excited!
Jacob, we love you so much! It is hard to believe you are already 6! I know I will be saying that every year:) You have learned so much this year and constantly amaze us with what you are learning and how those little wheels are constantly turning!
You are a great big brother. Logan looks up to you and watches your every move! You guys may fight like cats and dogs sometimes but we know how much you love each other. You are so great with Micah and are very sweet with him. I know he will be following you around too before we know it!
Happy birthday sweet boy! We love you and are so proud of you!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Pirate Queen

I was so excited when I received an email a few months ago that Waterbrook Multnomah was revamping their blogging for books program. I really enjoy reading and although I can't spend my days sitting and popping bon bons while I read....I do close my day out with at least a few minutes of reading and try to squeeze in a few minutes here and there while cuddling with my little man!

I had read a few "heavier" books lately and even though I appreciated the way the Lord was using those books in my life I needed a good novel. And I am happy to say I found it in Patricia Hickman 's The Pirate Queen.
When I first started reading the book, I wondered how much I would enjoy the book. After all, Saphora is about to act on her long thought out plan of leaving her husband. She has been miserable in her marriage for as long as she can remember. Not only is she going to leave but she is simply going to "slip out." She will retreat to their vacation home without confrontation. What in the world would I have in common with Saphora? Maybe I had picked the wrong novel.
As the first couple of chapters revealed that Saphora's plan would not come to fruition, I also realized I was wrong. Saphora instead would begin a journey with husband she planned to cut ties with. Saphora's husband Bender had received a terminal diagnosis. I would realize that even though I had not walked this particular journey we can all learn about a change of heart. I could still learn about making the best out of past mistakes and do just that, leave them in the past. And Saphora and Bender could teach me about second chances. Who hasn't needed a second chance?

*I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review