Monday, July 09, 2007

Manic Monday - Seven

This week's Manic Monday word is Seven. One of the most important events of my life occurred in July - the seventh month.

July 8, 2002

I shared the story of Eli's birth a couple of months ago when the Manic Monday word was Survive, so you can read that if you want all the details on the drama of the actual day. The little guy arrived six weeks early, and he hasn't been early since. Imagine that!

Today, we celebrated Eli's 5th birthday! He got to choose anything he wanted to do for his birthday, and let me tell you, he jam-packed as much activity as possible into one day!

First, we opened presents! He was overjoyed! The big gift consisted of his first bicycle. I will post pictures soon when we get him out and about with his helmet on!

After gifts, Eli wanted to go to Deanna Rose Farmstead. The kids had a fabulous time, but Jeez was it hot! I'm waiting for the year where he chooses a nice cool movie theater.

At Deanna Rose, he got to feed goats.

And milk a pretend cow.

And go mining for fools gold, and go fishing! I didn't get pictures of those two things because Georgia was trying to make her great escape. But Eli loved it!

After Deanna Rose, we came home for birthday cake. Eli was very specific about what he wanted. A white rectangle cake (with chocolate in it!), topped with marshmallow icing and Bob the Builder on it. So, I pulled out the recipe book and spent Saturday night making a white chocolate cream cake with marshmallow icing. He loved it! Woo hoo for mommy!

After cake, Eli chose to go to dinner at Cinzetti's Italian Buffet. We all ate so much that we're about to puke. It was awesome! Now, the kids are in bed and I am exhausted.

And my little boy is five!



Travis said...

Wow! What a great birthday!

Happy Birthday to Eli!

And Happy MM to you!

Jamie said...

What a beautiful blessing he is and a lovely story for me to read since I just heard of a little soul that returned to its maker after less than a week with us. I am so glad Eli is celebrating birthdays.

Peanut said...

happy b-day eli!
5 was a great age..... =]
i miss the nineties....

ian said...

Woohoo for fifth birthday! Does this mean he'll be attending kindergarten this fall?


tegdirb92 said...

Happy Birthday Eli!! I celebrate my birthday in the month of 7 too. He was so tiny (I bet that was scary going into labor early). Have a wonderful week.

Gattina said...

What a wonderful birthday ! I also wish him Happy Birthday ! I also was born on July 8 and with a few year difference, lol ! I also celebrated very nicely with my family !

Desert Songbird said...

A most happy birthday to you, Eli!

mousey said...

happy birthday eli! may you grow in wisdom and grace

Amazing Gracie said...

It's hard to tell by looking at him now, that he was that tiny and fragile! Way to go, Eli!!!
Happy Birthday!

I Was Born2Cree8 said...

I was born early too, and ended up all alone in an incubator for about 6 weeks. I guess being my first lesson, and such a huge one, I learned not to be early again, lol. I always seem to be late for everything :o(

Great post.

Happy B'day Eli!

Reba said...

Whoof, bark, bark, woof, arfff.

Happy Birthday Eli. I'm older than you are, I'm 8 1/2. Those goats look fun to play with.

Reba Rottenweiler

crazy working mom said...

Looks like you guys had a great time! :)

He is so grown up now, isn't he?

Great pics, Neila and great post.
Happy Birthday to your little man.

Mags said...

Sounds to me like your little man had a FANTASTIC day!

Yay for mommy indeed!!!

Happy MM.

Sanni said...

Happy Happy Birthday, Eli!

Excellent choices to spend the day... and look at the yummy cake.

Are there any leftovers?

Jersey said...

"We ate so much that we´re about to puke. It was awesome" - I can so relate, Miss Neila!

Did anyone say "Marshmellow Icing"???

Happy 5th Birthday, Eli!

Comedy + said...

What a good mommy you are. How special that Eli got to do everything he wanted to do for his birthday. Happy 5th birthday Eli. :)

Not So Anonymous Michelle said...

Awww, Happy 5th Birthday Eli!!! :) Sounds like a great birthday!!

Morgen said...

How fun - going to pet the goats! And mine for fool's gold!!! Cool! Next year I want to be invited!!!
I love the picture of Eli in front of the cake with a little mini-Neila. Er, I mean Georgia.
How cute is she with her little denim skirt?
I have a similar picture of my sister's birthday about that age -- where she is sitting in front of her Snow White & the 7 dwarfs cake!
You knew I'd work 7 into this comment somehow, right?

Happy Birthday to Eli!


Sadie said...

I love that you were about to puke. B/c that's totally me.

Also, that last picture? Is AWESOME. They are both so cute.

Mert said...

Happy birthday Eli! :D Beautiful post... I love the pics of him pretend milking, so cute. :D

lisa said...

a perfect birthday celebration! and great photos of the birthday boy. I remember taking our boys mining for fools gold, such fun!

Sparky Duck said...

eli is always a handsome man