Lauren looking at her cake

Lauren’s 6th birthday party

The "big 6th birthday"

The “big 6th birthday”

On Saturday, January 31st, Lauren had her 6th birthday party, which was a week plus ahead of her actual birthday. With everyone’s schedule the way it was, this date was a good time to have her party, and what a party it was.

The theme for the party was art, and the guests had a chance to paint whatever they wanted on a blank canvas. All in all, this was a fun party and the kids had a great time without making too much of a mess.

Lauren painting

Lauren painting

Jackson painting

Jackson painting

Before the party started, I got Lauren to pose for me. Here are several of those photos. They are just stunning.

Lauren posing

Lauren posing

Lauren clowning around

Lauren clowning around

Lauren looking at presents

Lauren looking at presents

Lauren at the table

Lauren at the table

Jack at the party

Jack at the party

Opening presents

Opening presents

"Happy Birthday to Lauren"

“Happy Birthday to Lauren”

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Jackson and his Weber Performer

Jackson’s best birthday gift ever!

Jackson and his Weber Performer

Jackson and his Weber Performer

For some time now, Jackson has wanted a barbecue grill. He has been fascinated with grills and smokers from a young age, and requested a grill out of the blue several years ago.

Jackson turned 9, and it just seemed like it was the right time for him to get a grill. What started out to be a simple Weber grill turned into a Weber Performer so that he would have a side table to use when he cooked.

We purchased the grill from Amazon and had it shipped to Jackson’s house. At his birthday party, it was the last gift he received. He just jumped up and down in excitement.

Jackson getting the surprise of a Weber Performer

Jackson getting the surprise of a Weber Performer

What joy!

What joy!

After the party, Jackson, Papa J, and Thomas began the process of putting the grill together. We tried to let Jackson put as much of it together as he could so he could learn about getting gifts where there was “some assembly required.” He did pretty well on putting his grill together.

Jackson opening the box

Jackson opening the box

Jackson unpacking the grill

Jackson unpacking the grill

Papa J and Jackson looking at the instructions

Papa J and Jackson looking at the instructions

Jackson using tools

Jackson using tools

Jackson working on a leg

Jackson working on a leg

Jackson and Thomas assembling the legs

Jackson and Thomas assembling the legs

Jackson putting the lid on his grill

Jackson putting the lid on his grill

Mama J, Papa J, and Jackson with his Weber Performer

Mama J, Papa J, and Jackson with his Weber Performer

Jackson cooked some chicken wings for a New Year’s Eve celebration and did a great job with them. We look forward to many more great meals prepared by him in the future!