Today, my oldest slugger turns eight years old and I can barely believe it. When it comes to parenthood the saying goes, “the days are long but the years are short” and today I’m finding that to be painfully true. Sawyer is my blue-eyed boy with the big smile and even bigger heart.  He is sweet, empathetic, loyal to his friends, a cheerleader to his teammates, and a loving big brother. I am so proud to be his Mom and wanted him to feel extra special this year.

This is the first time in eight years that I’m not throwing him a big birthday party with all of his friends from school. Instead, we decided to change it up and do something more personal. We are going out to dinner as a family tonight and Sawyer gets to pick the place. He also picked out what kind of cake he wanted. He loves playing music and takes weekly drum lessons so instead of spending money on a party, we are adding to his drum set. I can’t wait to see his face when he discovers the completed set!!

Lastly (and the reason for this post), since Sawyer LOVES baseball so much, a couple weeks ago my husband surprised him with tickets to a Los Angeles Dodgers game for him and a friend as an early birthday gift. He was so excited and had a great afternoon!! It turned out to be one of the best presents he ever had because he made a lasting memory with his friend and his Dad.

Of course, I couldn’t resist putting together a little baseball care package to go along with the surprise! At Dodger Stadium you’re allowed to bring in your own snacks so I gathered up all the essentials: Big League Chew to chomp on, pistachios to peel while they watch, and of course some Cracker Jack. I also got each boy a t-shirt of their favorite Dodger player, Clayton Kershaw. I packaged it all up in bags I found at Target and added little name tags. My husband said the boys loved the gifts, had huge grins the entire game, and delighted in every second of the experience. What more could a Mom ask for?!

I have to say, it was a nice change not throwing a big party this year. Sawyer is now at the age where he’s able to appreciate these types of personal gifts and this one was definitely a homerun (pun intended)!

Thanks for reading! xoxo, JB


  • Reply
    June 8, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Happy Birthday to the smartest boy ever! Love you!

    • Reply
      Jennifer Basa
      June 8, 2018 at 3:19 pm

      Awwww thank you! xoxo

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