My oldest little turned 9 yesterday.
If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I had been planning and crafting all week.
We had a book-themed party because books are what my oldest boy loves right now. Of course, he loves other things like games, soccer, family, food, and movies. But, he has a true love of books and can literally read for hours each day.
After doing some Pinterest research, I found some ideas, and I went to work.
On Friday, Gabriel handed out little cookie treat bags to his friends at school. I put a Peanut Butter Cookie Cup in them and tied them up with a ribbon and a reading quote.
My awesome dad helped me to create this beautiful ceiling decoration in the sun room.
I made a banner that had a picture of each of Gabriel’s birthdays.
My amazingly talented mom made book totes/party favor bags with one of the Dr. Seuss quotes that we used as the theme for the party.
Gabriel wanted Peanut Butter Cookie Cups and Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups for his dessert. So, I made book jacket cupcake toppers to stick in them for decoration.
For lunch, we had hamburger sliders, hotdogs, chips, dips, cucumber bites, veggie shooters, and stuffed strawberries. I will add the recipes later this week.
Unfortunately, all of the shopping and planning in the world cannot always make things go off without a hitch. Summer woke up sick at 12:30 am, Ethan woke up sick at 1:30 am, and Gabriel woke up sick at 8 am. He was so sick that he opened presents propped up with a pillow and a blanket on the couch.
And, he slept through lunch.
1. I started decorating the day before. When Gabriel saw everything he smiled and said, “Thank you, Momma!” I had wondered if I should decorate early or wait. I am so glad that I decorated a day early so that Gabriel was able to enjoy the decorations.
2. My alarm went off when Gabriel was opening presents. The alarm told me that Gabriel was born at that exact time 9 years ago. I got tears in my eyes as I told him that it was his actual birth time, and we all said, “Happy Birthday!”
3. I held him and babied him throughout the day almost as much as I did 9 years ago. He truly needed his momma yesterday. And, when a momma hears that call, she answers it. Yes, birthday parties are fun, but being needed is priceless.
4. We had grandparents, cousins, an aunt, an uncle, a brother, a sister, a papa, and a momma all gathered around him. Family makes everything better.
5. Ethan was probably the sickest one of all and spent the whole morning sleeping. We had not even told him that Gabriel was sick. When he walked out and saw Gabriel, he immediately said, “Oh, no, Bubba!” and ran over to feel his forehead.
6. When Gabriel was opening presents, he said, “Summer, Ethan, do you want to come help me open my presents?” Of course, they both eagerly ran to help.
7. Summer was so excited for Gabriel when he opened the present that he really wanted but thought that he requested too late to actually receive. Baby sister used up all of her energy being festive and excited. She slept for over 2 hours after present opening and lunch.
It was just another eye opening day for me as a mom. I always say that memories cannot be forced. They are just created, sometimes in the big events and sometimes in the small ones. No, this birthday did not go exactly as I had planned. But, I do know that we will not forget it. And, I will certainly not forget how hard my brave little guy fought to put on a brave face while he opened his presents, said thank you to everyone, and then escaped to the bedroom for a 1 1/2 hour nap.
Luckily, even though I certainly could not have predicted that half the house would wake up sick, I still knew that it would be a crazy morning. So, I made cinnamon rolls the night before. I wanted the day to be perfect for Gabriel, and I had planned out the meals around his favorite things. He loves cinnamon rolls. When I saw these Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls over at Lauren’s Latest, I knew that I wanted to make them for Gabriel’s birthday breakfast. If you have not visited Lauren’s blog, you must run over there right now. She is amazing. So amazing that she created this recipe herself. And, let me tell you. It is good…and perfect…in every way. Just like my sweet Gabriel.
I barely adapted the recipe, and I am listing it below. However, if you make these cinnamon rolls, I highly recommend that you visit Lauren’s blog for the full tutorial and step-by-step pictures.
Have a great week! And…make these cinnamon rolls today, tomorrow, or definitely this weekend. They are amazingly delicious.
I shared this recipe at Crazy for Crust, Nap Time Creations, Chef in Training, 33 Shades of Green, Permanent Posies, Two Maids, Tasty Tuesday, Blessed with Grace, Mandy’s Recipe Box, The Sweet Spot, Skip to My Lou, Jam Hands, 11th Heaven’s Homemaking Haven, Make Ahead Meals, Delightfully Dowling, I Should Be Mopping the Floor, A Southern Fairytale and Add a Pinch.