And now he is EIGHT!

by Janice

There is nothing like a child’s passing years to make us feel the time flying by.

Jacksons 8th Birthday

I can’t believe my son is eight! I can’t believe I am the mother of an eight year old!

Jackson’s birthday party was LOUD and FUN — just like Jackson!

We had the party at a local indoor playground. The kids tore around the place, climbing, sliding and screaming and having a great time. Then they came begging for coins for the arcade.

Jacksons 8th Birthday

The promise of pizza and cake was enough to pull them away from the games and we hit the party room.

When we brought out the cake, Jackson was so quick he blew out his candles before the cake even hit the table. This was the only picture I had time to snap! That boy knows what to do when presented with a slab of cake!

Jacksons 8th Birthday

During the pizza, cake and presents in the party room, the decibal level hit an all time high with their voices bouncing off the walls.

The boys were so loud in the party room I apologized to our party hostess and asked if they were the loudest party she had ever had. She said, “Well… I am not going to lie.” LOL Yes, trust my Jackson to win the rights to the loudest party.

Jacksons 8th Birthday

Jacksons 8th Birthday

After the party room, it was time for a game of Laser Tag — Jackson’s favorite! The boys had a blast all teamed up against Jackson’s dad, Phil. It was for sure Phil’s favorite part of the party too. :)

Jacksons 8th Birthday

Jacksons 8th Birthday


I am so proud of you and I adore you!!! (And please don’t let the next eight years fly by as fast as the past eight!)

Written by Janice, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom.

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1 Christine January 11, 2010 at 1:37 pm

It looks and sounds as if you had a fabulous time!



2 Brian Pastore January 11, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Sounds like a great party and lot’s of fun… hmmm…cake. :) Congratulations on making it 8 great years…


3 Molly January 11, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Ah yes, looks a lot like life with my 8-year-old. Fun!


4 Susie's Homemade January 11, 2010 at 2:18 pm

It’s amazing how fast it goes:-)

I hope he had a GREAT birthday!!!


5 rc January 11, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Happy Birthday Jackson!!!


6 Deb - Mom of 3 Girls January 11, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Sounds like a great time – Happy Birthday, Jackson!!


7 Tammy January 11, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Happy Birthday Jackson! Parker is sending you birthday ‘stones!’ and he only hands those out to the people he loves the most!



8 Susan January 11, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Happy Birthday Jackson!!!! We love you.


9 Mikki January 11, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Oh my!!! He’s eight already!!! WOW!. I remember reading blog entries of when he was little. Happy Birthday to him!!


10 Janice January 11, 2010 at 5:32 pm

THANKS everyone!!! Yes – it is all going far too fast!


11 Saph January 11, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Happy Birthday to Jackson! Time really does fly by waaaaay too fast!
Mine just turned 5 2 months ago and I just can’t believe it. It’s also a reminder that time is ticking and we still don’t have a second child. Nothing I can do but leave it in the Lord’s hand right now regarding my hubs as he still wants to wait!


12 Adrienne January 11, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Happy Birthday Jackson. sounds like he had a great birthday party


13 Marj M. January 11, 2010 at 8:24 pm

What a happy fun filled party. You can see every emotion of it in Jackson’s face, or should I say faces??? Loved it. Too kewl.


14 Muthering Heights January 11, 2010 at 10:28 pm

It looks like such a FUN party!


15 Tarasview January 11, 2010 at 10:41 pm

oh a very happy birthday to you Jackson!!

Great pictures :)


16 Naomi January 11, 2010 at 10:57 pm

happy birthday, jackson!


17 Heather January 12, 2010 at 12:22 am

Happy Birthday, Jackson! It looks like you were all having a great time.


18 Deborah January 12, 2010 at 5:36 am

Such a handsome young man. Yes, the next 8 years will go by fast too so catch every moment on film.


19 Angie January 12, 2010 at 8:55 am

How sweet! Happy birthday Jackson!


20 Christine Jensen January 12, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Happy Birthday to your 8 year old! I have a son who just turned 8 last month! Such a fun age for boys; they like to be active and be with friends, but will still climb up and snuggle next to you occasionally!


21 Cascia January 12, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Looks like he had a lot of fun. Happy Birthday!


22 BarkingDogShoes January 12, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Happy Birthday to Jackson! He looks so happy and spirited. My Andrew is turning 8 tomorrow and his party is Saturday. Trying to keep things simple, I’m hosting a home party but beginning to regret it now as all 12 boys RSVP’d YES!! We live in a small home with no basement…I’m crazy…


23 Stephanie January 12, 2010 at 6:12 pm

He looks so old and gangly and Big Kid-ish…and handsome, of course. this post actually made me realize how long I’ve been reading your blog because he is just so, so grown-up now.

Happy Birthday, Jackson!


24 Just Playin' January 12, 2010 at 10:49 pm

As much as I loved 8, I loved 9 even more! Lots to look forward to. :)


25 Cecily R January 12, 2010 at 11:22 pm

My daughter shares the same birthday and she’s also 8! You’re so right. The years have FLOWN by. Before we know it they’ll be 18. Sniff!

Looks like you all had a wonderful time. Happy birthday Jackson!


26 kristin January 13, 2010 at 4:16 am

what a fabulous birthday! happy birthday jackson!


27 Amanda January 13, 2010 at 11:10 am

Happy Birthday Jackson!

We celebrated Sam’s 7th Birthday this weekend as well.


28 rj's mama January 16, 2010 at 3:43 am

my son, RJ, is 8 years old also :)

happy birthday to jackson :)


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