This week, we celebrated Jasper’s 5th birthday! We started the day with birthday pancakes:

And made birthday decorations with his friends.

We had birthday dinner:

Consisting of Jasper’s preferred menu of cheeseburgers, oatmeal, and “soft carrots with honey.” And cake.
The next day, we went to the FAIR!

And had a party, with many of Jasper’s besties (and their moms and dads) in attendance.

We had more cake! (Jasper chose Strawberry Cake with a Ganache Topping)

And there were presents (with a definite Star Wars theme).

We rode rides and ate fair food. I was giddy… I love the fair. And this birthday seemed so much to me to be a milestone- for Jasper and for me. I feel like I’m catching my breath and marveling at the beautiful child he has become in just 5 short years. At the same time, I’m marveling at the fact that 5 years seems so LONG- sometimes it feels like just months ago that he was born. In keeping with that theme- that five years is a long time- I’m realizing that the past is over, as much as I keep trying to go back and make sense of the whirlwind of the last couple of decades. I’m ready to make some changes in my life- to get more grounded in the here and now, and to grow my business and my relationships. I feel so psyched about Jasper and the adventures we have ahead of us! And I’m grateful to our family, and family of friends, for giving him such a web of love in which to grow.

So Happy Birthday to the coolest, sweetest, loveliest 5-year-old Jedi Knight in the universe. So much love!