Birthday Boy

My big boy Evan officially turned the Big 5 today. Man, did those five years fly by.

He went from a brown-haired baby…
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quickly to a curly blonde…{age 1}

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then to a toddler with a full head of thick, coarse blonde hair.

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By his third birthday his hair started darkening up…

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and it got even darker by his fourth birthday (which also clearly indicates how I forgot to give him a haircut). Whoopsy!

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 Now, here he is with dirty blonde hair and a fresh trim.

View More: http://sullyandwillisphotography.pass.us/knight-cottonTim and I love this boy dearly and he is truly a special gift from God.

We spent this past Friday and Saturday celebrating his birthday with a campout in our backyard.

{keep reading to see my chalkboard secret}

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The menu consisted of “campfire flames” (cheese puffs), trail mix, a cheese platter, and some grub (Chick-Fil-A) nuggets and pigs-in-a-blanket). For dessert we had “bear poo” (homemade chocolate donut balls) and cupcakes.
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My birthday boy was having so much fun that I hardly got any pictures of him {read: it’s hard playing party host and photographer}. After he opened his presents, I was able to quickly snatch him up for a quick picture.
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Frosty, our piñata choice, didn’t stand a chance. He was instantly decapitated.  I kept waiting for “A Funniest Home Video” moment with the bat, but sadly, it didn’t happen. IMG_2772

The party was an absolute blast! Evan, and his friends actually slept in the tent (Tim too) while Reese and I settled for the king size bed.

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Here’s my chalkboard secret I want to leave y’all with. I’m no calligraphist or artist so here’s the secret to drawing perfect letters on a chalkboard.

Using a computer, go to a Word document and choose your font preference for the wording you wish to create.  Once you’ve created it, print it.

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Flip it over and rub the backside with chalk.

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Next, using tape, hang your print out on a chalkboard.

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Using a pencil, firmly trace your letters. Once you’re done tracing, remove the paper.

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Lastly, using a chalk pen, go back and outline the letters.

IMG_2728There you go. It’s that easy! This little trick takes your chalkboard drawings to whole new level. There are so many different possibilities you can create; I’m thinking a Bible verse or an inspirational quote in a fancy font would make great Christmas gifts.

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