We set up a super duper water party in our own backyard for Jackson's friend party this year! He could invite 7 friends and was thrilled to be able to do so. He started planning who he would invite in probably January (so for 6 months!) if not earlier. He had the perfect list, but unfortunately it was a busy weekend in many people's schedule and many couldn't come. But we had so much fun with those that could come and in the end there were lots of friends there!
The fun did NOT stop there as we then headed over to Enid for Jackson's real birthday day to celebrate there with family! Pretty cool when Papa John and Grandma Debbie own a Cherry Berry and throw a huge party in your honor!
I love you more today than 7 years ago when I first laid my eyes on your fresh body. I didn't know it would be possible to love as much as I love you, but I do and it continues to grow and mature with you as you do. You are a brilliant and beautiful little man. You are learning and so very smart. You are growing in so many ways. I see amazing little things happening in your heart. Your compassion for others still continues to amaze me and you told me the other day you really wanted to do what Daddy does when you grow up, in fact you'll just take his job when he can't do it anymore, you said. You said it would be perfect because then you could spend every Friday with me....because I said I'd miss you oh so much when you weren't living at home anymore. You thought through it on a deep level and were wise beyond your years. You play hard, love hard, feel hard. You are just like your Daddy in so many ways. You keep telling us that you guys are twins, and despite the age difference, you just might be...and if you turn out like him, I'd be thrilled. You have an incredible role model and I love that you look up to him so much. I love you little man and I can't believe you are a third of your way to true adulthood already. It's crazy how time flies. You are reading this year with amazing progress and excel greatly in math. You love friends and play dates. You love to eat and are eating a lot of food this year. You continually tell me that I am a good cool because you are sweet like that! You've had a great year and I am so proud of you. Love you and Happy Birthday!