Sunday, June 28, 2015

Jacob Turns 24

Jacob wanted carrot cake and cream cheese frosting for his birthday cake,
and Danielle got creative with it!

On  Friday, June 26th, we celebrated Jacob's 24th birthday with dinner and a little family party. It's so strange but wonderful to watch your children become adults, and it's especially satisfying when you see them being successful and making good choices in their lives.

Sarah, Chris, Danielle, and Jacob at Jacob's birthday dinner.
Mark and Dylan both had to work.

Sadly, we weren't all able to be together since Jacob worked until 4:00 p.m., Sarah worked until 4:30, Dylan was scheduled to work 4:00 to 9:00, and Mark had to work 5:00 to 1:00 a.m. Schedules like that make family timing difficult! 

Jacob's dinner choice: grilled pork chops, my homemade chunky guacamole
(for smothering the chops), and my everything-but-the-kitchen-sink potato salad.

So those of us who were able to be around at dinner time got together and enjoyed Jacob's birthday dinner. He requested pork chops with guacamole and potato salad, one of our favorite meals. If you've never tried it, pork chops go great with a scoop of chunky guacamole salad! (And we did save some for Mark and Dylan!)

Two freezers of homemade ice cream to go with the cupcakes!

After dinner we started up two freezers of homemade ice cream. I made my usual sugar-free strawberry, and Jacob and Danielle tried a new cookie dough ice cream recipe in their new freezer. It took extra-long to freeze, so they took it home after the party to finish it for later. I bet it was yummy. Next time, I want a taste!

Jacob's gifts.

We waited until Dylan got home from work just after 9:00 to open gifts, so the only one who missed out on the gifts and cake and ice cream was Mark. We saved him some dessert, too.

Jacob starts out reading the first card.

He opens his first gift, a Superman ring from his mother (me).

I thought it was pretty cool. I hope he liked it as much as he said he did!

Danielle and Dylan watch as Jacob opens his gift from Chris and Sarah.
He was excited to get this box of Cheez-its...

...and then inside he found this $25 gift card!

His wife gave him the first two movies in the Bourne series, which Jacob loves!
(And Dylan brought him a bag of orange-chocolate candies.)

Then it was time to light the 24 candles. That was a big job!

Don't worry, we notified the fire marshal. Haha!

And then we all sang "Happy Birthday" to dear Jacob.

Thinking up a birthday wish...

...and blowing out the candles. He got them all in one try!

Happy birthday, my amazing son! 
What a blessing you are in our lives!

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