Eight! Holy cow. I can’t believe it. But I love it. It seems (so far) to be the perfect balance of insightful little beings that say amazing things and snuggle monkeys who still adore their parents. So we’re prediction a good year. We sure kicked it off in style.
The weekend before their actual birthday, Molly had her celebration… a two night sleep sleepover with her friend August. First was dress up, then the next morning the girls had me do their hair to match.
And we played all morning and after lunch went to make candy bars.
While the bars were setting, the girls tried on lipsticks.
And then picked up their bars. They thought they did a spectacular job. I’m just glad they were happy, as I don’t think gummy bears, Nutella, peppermint and cookie dough all together is a flavor the world is clamoring for, but they loved them.
Movie time at the El Capitan. Got to meet Tinkerbell, too.
Then they built lego cars for a car convention when we got home.
After a sushi dinner out, we opened presents at home.
And watched Annie and slept in tents.
Then… actual birthday day was the next Friday. And any good birthday starts with a donut.
It happened to be the day we had a parent teacher conference – they are brilliant, in case you were wondering – which also means it was book fair day at school. So after great conferences, they got to pick out a book, which they read all the way to the car.
After dinner (stuffed shells and cloud cake was their pick), it was present time.
Needless to say, that was a very happy part of the day.
And then we lost Molly to her books.
And Jacob to his Legos.
Moll models her new nightie and robe.
And the next morning started Jacob’s sleepover extravaganza. We picked up 3 friends and hit sushi.
And they all ate until they were so full they said they couldn’t ride in the car until they ran off some of the sushi… Apparently, if you’re an 8 year old boy, the best way to work off lunch is tackling each other.
Next stop, Chuck E. Cheese.
Then home for Nerf wars. Darth Vader showed up.
And the boys all attacked him with their new nerf clone shooters.
Then after hours of running and attacking, it was time for pizza and clone wars tv show.
The next morning they had Princess Leia buns and bacon and ate themselves silly until everyone went home and Jacob and Chuck went to play golf. Meanwhile, Molly and I went to see Swan Lake. After all that (awesome, but exhausting) boy energy, that was a delight for both of us.
And that was the birthday!
And now here are all the pictures we remembered to take from the two birthday weekends. CLICK HERE to see the slideshow.
This long weekend is pretty busy, and I will update with pictures from Jacob doing a fencing demonstration and Harlem Globetrotters, too! Speaking of which, we had a Girl Scout cookie booth early this morning, so Molly and I need to nap (or maybe read, but rest is the key!) before we head to the Globetrotters, so that’s my update for the afternoon!