Jacob’s birthday parties

Jacob is 8 and had many great parties to celebrate.

His sisters, Jamie and Sierra, spent an afternoon with him in his class at school. Together they frosted cupcakes and he watched them eat their work. Sierra and Jamie were given the responsibility of handing out the carefully packaged loot bags to each child in the class. Jacob loves when his sisters join him at school and his squeals of excitement are heard down the hall when he sees them.

We had a family party at our home so that his grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins could celebrate with him. For the first time in his 8 years, he seemed to enjoy a family get-together. Most people took turns reading to him, talking to him and playing with him. It was the first time he was comfortable at a large family get together and we loved watching him so happy.

The best part of his birthday celebration was the party with his friends. Unlike most eight year old boys, Jacob doesn’t have many friends his own age. He has tons of friends but they are mostly teenage girls, affectionately referred to as Jacob’s princesses since they always wear long skirts. On Sunday night, the weekend before his birthday, we invited his friends over to celebrate. He was the center of attention (as always!) and the girls kept jostling each other to hold and talk with Jake. He was loving every minute of it.

And this weekend, we had the fourth party for Jacob. It was a joint birthday celebration for Jacob and his girlfriend of almost 3 years, Taryn. Jacob is 10 days older than Taryn so they get together in between their birthdays each year. As they do every time they get together, Taryn kissed Jacob’s eyeballs and he laughed.

Without a doubt, it was his best birthday ever!