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Jackson's 6th birthday party!

I've said this before, but I've decided that we're only going to have big birthdays with lots of friends and planning on big years- so Jackson's next "big year" is when he turns 8 and can be baptized into our church.  Since Jackson is 6 this year, it's a small family party.  He gets to invite one friend, and he invited Maggie, of course, but otherwise it was just family.  His party theme was rainbows because he found these cute little rainbow ball party headbands that he wanted, so I just came up with a rainbow theme.  He loved it.  All morning he kept telling me, "Thank you for giving me a rainbow party, Mama.  I love it!".  It was very sweet.


There's a new tradition at our house that the boys get to decorate their cake.  They look forward to decorating their cake and it's usually the first thing they start to mention when it gets to be close to their birthday.  So here's Jackson decorating his rainbow cake.
This cake was stupid good, by the way.

Before:


decorating:


Look how happy this birthday boy is!



After:  
*to say he decorated every inch is an understatement*


We did a little decorating, of course-




This Happy Birthday sign taped to the bar/counter has been at every one of Jackson's birthdays.  My mom and I made it for his first birthday and it's been at every birthday party for our boys ever since.  And it will see many more!


Soon Maggie came by and we played a little game.
Jackson WON!



I thought it might be fun to make a little photo booth for the kids.  ...and I planned to get in on this action too, but I never got around to it.  Sad.  The kids had fun with it.  Heck, it's still up, I might take some pictures with the boys in the next day or two.  ;)

Here's the little backdrop that I made-


The boys being silly-



Maggie joining the fun-





Look at this little ham-


Jim barbecued hot dogs because that's Jackson's favorite, and then it was time to sing Happy Birthday to the birthday boy and blow out his candles.



This year was the first year Jackson was really excited about presents, so this was probably Jackson's favorite part.  He got lots of cool stuff:  his own Kindle, REAL Legos (we've only had Duplos before now), a hovering helicopter, a book all about Michael Jackson (one of Jackson's favorite people), and lots of Kindle cards to download fun stuff.

YES!  He was excited!


Michael Jackson!


Cloud Cuckoo Land Legos!


Here's a picture of Jackson opening gifts in the background, but Sarah caught a sweet picture of my grandpa holding Harrison.


All in all, I think Jackson had another successful birthday party.  I can't believe my baby is 6 years old!  Where does the time go!?  Having Harrison around (Jackson's mini-me) really reminds me of Jackson as a baby and I can't believe he's already a little boy, growing up way too fast!

Happy birthday, Jackson!
We love you, Jack Attack!


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