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This started out as a blog about our domestic adoption. So all of the older posts are about that journey. It was an interesting one, and it led us to our son, Jacob. My dream since I was a little girl was typical of most little girls. I wanted to get married, and have children and be a stay at home Mom. Although, not a very popular choice for a profession now a day, I find it very rewarding. As a matter of fact, every day is an adventure! I've been told personally that the stay at home Mom profession isn't 'work', but spend a day with me and you'll see just how much 'work' it is!!! It's blessed work!

Monday, September 17, 2012

A 2 Year Old Birthday Party

                                          Jake's favorite breakfast for his birthday.
                                          A little cake & ice cream for our little family celebration.
                                          They like cake!
                                          Farm animal puzzle!
                                             Our little family 9/14/2012
                                          Loot "boxes" filled with lots of goodies.
                                           The plasticware
                                                     He loved the blowers.
                                           The party-goers.
                                                     Daddy the Master Griller!
                                                     Sifting the sand for buried treasure!
                                           Beverage & Dessert table
                                                     The mountain cake
                                           Dig Zone
                                           Jake & Whitney
                                            Sage, Jake & Whitney
                                            Embarassed when everyone was singing to him.
                                           The food table

                                                     Papa & Jake
                                                     No nap makes for a tired little guest of honor.

                                           He's 2!!!!
                                           Panning for some gold
                                            He loves his Daddy
                                           Party favors for the kiddos!
                                          Truck facials to cover the baskets for the chips
                                           Table decor
     I had no idea how much fun it can be planning a child's birthday party! I've enjoyed planning a Church event or two, but it's really rewarding to plan something for your child and then see them have a good time doing whatever you planned.
     This was the case Saturday, for Jacob's 2nd birthday party. My Husband picked the theme, "Things that Dig" because he and Jake's favorite hobby is metal detecting and digging things out of the yard (101 coins so far this year-plus other trinkets & junk). I have a friend who also has a cricut machine and she has close to 100 cartridges (compared to my measly 9) so she lent me whatever cartridges I wanted. I had the most fun cutting and pasting dump truck shapes, putting together gable boxes for the loot "bags", making signs and banners. Then we decided as an activity we would put sand in his little used plastic swimming pool and bury some things for the kids to find. I was going to buy fake gold coins and bury them, but it turned into pennies, then pocket change, then Hubby bought Presidential coins off the internet and buried them. We didn't have to bury so much though because the kids kept digging them up and then burying them again. LOL crazy kids! My best friend brought her two girls for the party, so Jake, Sage and Whitney had a blast in the pool...as well as a few of the teenagers who were there. We did a simple cookout, to keep that part as easy as possible. My Mother-in-law made Jake's cake-a mountain with cake and construction guys on it. It was a hit!
     We are so thankful for family & friends who care about us and about Jake. Life wouldn't be the same without them!

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