My man turned 28 today. I’m so grateful that God has given him 28 years and that I’ve gotten to share in 10 of those years. How blessed I am to call him mine!

We’ve had a fun day full of celebration, but the highlight was dinner at Rocky’s with friends. Rocky’s has really good pizza, but the main draw is the location. It’s positioned right on the edge of the Ohio River, and the view of the city skyline is gorgeous.

We lived on the wild side and stayed out until 9:30. Our friend Chris said, “You know all your friends have young kids when everyone is looking at their watches like Whoa, now, it’s 8:30!”

But you only live once.

It’s true that we don’t get together as much now that most of us have started families, but it always blesses my heart to be with these precious friends. They’ve been our core group through seminary. We probably would have chatted until the wee hours of the morning if the kids hadn’t been getting delirious.

Enjoy the abundant photo coverage of the evening.

{I’m warning you, there are an obnoxious amount of pictures.}

Princess Maeleigh is so beautiful. And so peaceful. . .unlike a certain Mr. Boy I know. Ā šŸ™‚

Pointing is his new thing. . .

A true friend. They go way back.

Can’t express to you how much I love. this. girl. We’ll be friends until the end of time.

Sweet pic of the Lovett fam + BenĀ {sorry, BT. Didn’t mean to blur you out!}

This pic is so them. . .Best girls.

Lovin’ Aunt D.

His smile is infectious. . .

See? Like I said, really into pointing. {It’s YOU with that camera again, Mom}.

Happy little family. We couldn’t be more blessed. {I realize we need to work on table manners. . . likeĀ elbows feet off the table}.

His favorite . . . plain ole’ birthday cake. I would love to take credit for the beautiful icing penmanship and excellent distribution of star-shaped sprinkles; however, that,Ā my friends, is a $16 Kroger cake. A very good $16 Kroger cake, if you ask me.

By this point in the evening we had resorted to using a little modern technology to help us get through the meal. I think he did pretty good considering the fact that we confined him to the highchair for 2+ hours.
The view. . .

Admiring the view. . .

Chris + Adam

Had to get a best girls shot with SM.

The guy we asked to take a group shot justĀ happenedĀ to be a real photographer. And the Belle of Louisville justĀ happened to be floating along the river in the background. And all 3 children just happened to look in the direction of the camera at the same time. It’s a true miracle that we got such a successful group shot.

But I’m glad we did. Because who knows how many more opportunities we’ll have before everyone starts moving off and spreading out. Some of our dearest friends have already left, in fact. I really do cherish these times together.

So, happy birthday, Adam! We had a wonderful night celebrating you!


Zoo Day

So, Christy and I took the boys to the zoo the other day and apparently it’s theĀ mama/baby thing to do during the week {other than Target} because, I kid you not, everyone there was pushing a stroller.

Don’t we look so mom-ish posing with our strollers {and babies :)}?

Let me tell you, Mr. Boy had himself one good time! He was kicking those legs and grinning the minute we walked through the gates.

Take or leave the animals, he was just excited to be hanging out with a friend. He’s his daddy’s child.

We did let the boys actually see the giraffes, in case you’re worried. They’re still at the age where the animals don’t do a lot for them, though.

Ā {Ignore my Einstein hair}.

My favorite part of the day was when Jackson walked into this little stream inside the bird house that the bird keeper lady had just instructed all the children and adults NOT to go near. Christy turned her back for two seconds to try and pick up one of the birds {creepy} and Jackson walked straight into that stream. When we turned around, he was just standing there, sandals completely soaked. And the bird lady didn’t look too happy. I am laughing out loud right now as I type about it.

But how could anybody be irritated at that little face? Isn’t he just yummy?!?

The boys both loved the petting zoo.Ā 

I was a little afraid that L might grab the goat’s horns or hair and make it mad. Clearly we have some work to do on being gentle with the animals. Ā We came across this little wooden canoe thingy in the reptile house and thought it would be the cutest spot for a photo opp. I can’t believe the boys {somewhat} cooperated since we had been out in the blazing sun for almost three hours and both had missed their morning nap. We managed a few cute shots, though. The lighting is bad and the pics are a little blurry, but they make me laugh.

We couldn’t get J to sit down and L to stop teething on the boat. I should probably be more of a germaphobe. Let’s hope he’s building a strong immune system.

It was such a fun day at the zoo, and I’m sure we will be back plenty of times through the summer!