This year was Ben's first friend party and it was so much fun! I was super nervous because well, lets just say Pinterest has taken parties to a whole new level and I couldn't compete. But once I decided that kids were still kids and that they would have fun doing simple games and activities, I had fun with it and Ben had a great time with his friends. We've decided that friend parties will not happen every year, just to keep them special, but after this year, I feel much less nervous about future parties.
In addition to his friend party, we also celebrated with Matt's parents and my parents. It's so fun to be able to do that! Ben got some super fun toys and Matt and his dad built Ben an awesome sandbox in the backyard. The house often feels like a beach, but the sandbox has been a huge hit!
So, as a five year old, Ben is constantly amazing us with how much of life he takes in. He loves reading books and being read to. We read all of the Ramona/Henry/Beezus series by Beverly Cleary this summer, and also listened to numerous books on tape. I love that he is getting into chapter books now. I love a good story, so it's fun to introduce him to some of my favorites from growing up.
And by far the most exciting event of the summer was on June 24th when Ben accepted Christ as his Savior. For months before that, Ben had been asking some pretty deep questions about heaven, Jesus, sin, and hell. He had told us a few times that he wanted to be a Christian, but Matt and I questioned whether he was really understanding it, so we waited. But that night, we were reading about Pharaoh and his army being covered by the sea and Ben asked if Pharaoh got to go to heaven. When I told him that no, he didn't, Ben had a ton of questions that finally led to him asking me if he could ask Jesus to forgive him of his sins and commit his life to Him. My prayer for my boys has been that they would come to an understanding of their need for Christ at a young age and that they would have a strong faith for the rest of their lives. What a joy to see the first part of that prayer being answered.
Ben requested a monster truck Spiderman party. So we had a monster truck cake and Spiderman cups and then made super hero capes. (which I missed getting in a picture)
One of the gifts Ben received was a slip and slide. So fun!!
Ben insisted on everyone wearing their party hat like unicorns for his party with our families. Love this kid!