Tuesday, December 17, 2013

It’s official–I have a 5 year old.

My husband has always said – once your kid is 5 .. that makes you have OLD kids.  Like 5 year olds are little humans.  They have their own thoughts that they can voice.  They know what they want – and know how to express that (to our happiness, or NOT).  They can make their own decisions based off their own logic.  They’re capable of getting themselves ready and dressed for school, and for bed.  They are little independent humans…. well in my case, a little independent super hero.

As I mentioned in my recent family post, my in-laws were in town for Jackson’s birthday.  Last year my mother in law, sister in law, and niece were able to celebrate with us too here.  - Sad fact: My husband has only celebrated one birthday with Jackson.  Thanks a lot Military.

The only BIG birthday party he’s ever had was his first birthday, otherwise it’s just been him and I and anyone else that made it into town that year.   But we never disappoint as he gets showered with love and gifts. 

He started his day off right with 5 pancakes, and we even put a candle in them for him to make his first wish of the day!
Birthday Pancakes
A few days later I saw this on Pinterest and was happy we did it for our him before seeing it on there!  I’ll give myself ANY credit for ideas not given by Pinterest haha.
birthday pancakes(source: weheartit.com – original source unknown)Then we dove into the presents – oh and did you notice we’re celebrating with Superman?! He is a costume fanatic! He changes into about 3 to 10 different costumes on the weekends and has one incredible imagination for thinking of different ones with what he has.

Birthday Boy opening presents
Then I let him pick if he wanted to go to the Bounce House or Chuck-E-Cheese for his birthday… thank goodness he picked the Bounce House!  Sometimes the craziness of CEC can be “a bit much” haha.

The Bounce House 1
The Bounce House 2
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The Bounce House 3
The Bounce House 4
Ohhhhh gotta love children in their elements.

After a long day we came home for BIRTHDAY CAKE! This was a fun and simple idea I came up from Pinterest.  It was super easy to make and I just LOVEDDDDDDDDDDDD his reaction!

Birthday Boy
This isn’t the reaction I’m talking about yet – that’s just for his seeing his cake!
5 year old birthday cake
5 year old birthday cake
5 year old birthday cake
He is READY for some cake (looks like he’s going to attack it)….Jackson are you ready for this cake? It’s going to be legend……………wait for it…………..
Surprize M&M Birthday Cake

His reaction = priceless.  See that M&M surprise goodness???

Surprize M&M Birthday Cake
Surprize M&M Birthday Cake
Surprize M&M Birthday Cake
Surprise M&M Birthday Cake
The cake is super easy to make:

Candy Filled Surprise Cake
2 boxes of cake mix
1 bag of candy of choice – I did 1 bag of big M&M’a and 1 bag of mini M&M’s
1 can of frosting of choice

Each box makes 2 9” round layers of cake.  Originally I was going to make it a 4 level cake but one cake layer didn’t turn out… and that ended up being totally okay because this was a big cake as it was. 

I just baked all 4 layers of cake and let them cool completely (for a couple hours).  As I said I ended up tossing one layer so I only used 3 layers.
On one of the layers I placed a bowl upside down on the middle of the cake and cut around it to make a perfect circle.  There was about an inch and a half “cake ring”.  re
Then on one layer of the cake I spread some icing on top, this is the layer I’ll use as the bottom.
Next I played the “cake ring” on top of that layer and filled the entire whole with the candy.  I filled all the way up as full as I could without the candy spilling over.
Then on the last year I spread icing on the BOTTOM of it and placed that on top of the other two layers to “seal off” the candy filled hole.
Finally just spread icing around the complete cake as usual!  I topped off with some sprinkles and left over M&M’s. 

Now I just wanted to share a little letter to my dear sweet Jackson Jude who is now 5 years old.

Dear Jackson Jude,

Thank you.
Thank you for being the biggest change in my life that was the biggest blessing I never knew I needed or wanted.
You changed me for the better in ways I never knew possible.
You have made me a better person as I want to be the best role model to you I can.
We will not always be the best of friends.  Sometimes I have to be a Mom first, then a friend second. 
Your safety, your health, your education will always be the most important aspects of your life I hope I can teach you to live the best life you can.
You have one of the kindest and sweetest spirits I’ve seen in a child.
You’re the greatest big brother Makenzie could ever dream of.
You’re the greatest son your dad and I could have ever imagined.
You are full of life, full of imagination, full of patience and eagerness to make the most of every day.
Keep those qualities as they will help you live a life of creativity and happiness. 
Happy 5th Birthday Sweet Child of Ours.



  1. Awe looks like he had lots of fun. I can't even tell you how many birthdays my dad missed being in the Navy... it just goes with the job. With or without dad you've done a great job making his day super special! :) Love the note you wrote to him!

  2. it's true, once they turn five they act so much more grown! sounds like he had a great day. hopefully he will get to enjoy more with his dad in future years. i can only imagine that must be tough. :( and that m&m surprise cake - oh yum!

  3. My little Jaxy boy! I can't wait for next year to be at your birthday party :)


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