Single mom Jennifer Garner stepped out with son Samuel, 4, on Monday (April 18). The mother-son duo enjoyed breakfast together at the Brentwood Country Mart in Brentwood, Calif.
The day before, the Alias alum celebrated her 44th birthday. To kick off her special day, the Miracles From Heaven star attended church with her three kids, including daughters Violet, 10, and Seraphina, 7.
Jen’s estranged husband, Academy Award-winner Ben Affleck, then took the kids out for a fun afternoon while she prepped for her birthday party.
Celebrating with 30 of her closest friends, guests gathered at her Brentwood home which was decorated with bundles of balloons, and topped off with a fun marching band for entertainment.
Congratulations are in order for Sarah Chalke and Jamie Afifi.
The Scrubs star, 39, and her entertainment lawyer fiancé are expecting their second child in the spring, PEOPLE reports.
The new addition will join 6-year-old big brother Charlie Rhodes.
After welcoming her firstborn, the actress opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about the joys of motherhood.
“Motherhood throws your life into sharp focus and into perspective pretty quickly,” Chalke shared. “You certainly don’t sweat the small stuff anymore, probably because there is no time. It makes you realize pretty quickly what the important things are in your life.”
Watch for Chalke to light up the big screen opposite Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts and Kate Hudson in Mother’s Day, out nationwide April 22.
On if she posts so many photos of her kids on Instagram in order to control the paparazzi: “I don’t really believe that paparazzi control the image that I have, you know, at all. It really is me who controls my own image and I do take that very seriously. When I do post pictures of my kids on Instagram, it’s not necessarily trying to outdo someone else. I’m not trying to get something out there before someone else can, [but it’s] because I think my kids are beautiful and adorable.”
On her kids: “My kids have the biggest personalities ever, and I know every mom would probably say that about their children, but I guess I’m just one of those moms who likes to brag about how adorable their kids are.
On if they enjoy road trips as a family: “We definitely love going on road trips and it’s definitely in our Budget rental car, I’ll be honest. The kids love it. Eric and I listen to them banter back and forth and it’s like, “Oh, my gosh, can we just give them an iPad or something?” It reminds me of when I grew up and going on road trips with my sister and my parents. It’s always a sentimental time. Even if your kids [are] screaming, I feel like I’ll miss that one day.”
On if there is a special soundtrack that they listen to in the car: “Well, my daughter [Maxwell] really is a fan of of “Mikki Naj.” [Laughs] Not Nicki Minaj, “Mikki Naj.” That’s her inspiration at the moment. And Ace is — I could brag — but he has perfect pitch. He’s got such good tone. He can sing so well, but the words don’t always come out correctly. It’s cute, they both love music and they like to dance and circle around each other. My daughter is trying to learn to break dance at the moment, she has one move — she puts her hands down and puts her leg up like she’s break dancing.”
On if her kids will be future stars: “My kids are stars in my own eyes. I would never force the entertainment business on them or anything like that, but I do think they’re already more talented than me.”
Actress Drew Barrymore covers the May issue of Good Housekeeping and opens up about her two daughters – Olive, 3, and Frankie, nearly 2 – her A-list BFFs, and how she rates her current happiness.
On motherhood: “I thought I knew what love was, but holy cow, I did not. I could never have imagined the kind of love I have for my children. I am who I am because of my daughters. I’m an overachiever parent, and not because I think I’m going to repeat the patterns of my parents. That’s not my fear — I’ve already broken that pattern in my life. But having grown up in the opposite way, I’m raising my children with all consistency, all protection. This is my chance to get it right.”
On her nonnegotiable family rule: no showbiz for her kids until they turn 18: “I’d never let them become child actors. They’ll have a chastity belt, a tracker system, no cell phones and we’ll live in the middle of nowhere. In reality, I’ll just lead by example by being spirited, classy, consistent, philanthropic, hardworking, loyal to my friends and there any second they might need me.”
On how she would rate her current happiness: “Yesterday I was a 10, tomorrow I might be an 8, this afternoon I might be a 3 and tonight I might be an 11. I just have a lot on my plate right now, and it’s hard to figure out the puzzle pieces for the next year of my life.”
On marrying Will Kopelman (who she is now divorcing): “I don’t think there was one moment when I knew I wanted to spend my life with Will. It was a sweeping, fluid process. It was falling in love with his family, being ready to have a family of my own and thinking if I had a family with this family, it would be really wonderful. Sometimes there’s just a time to go for it with a good person.”
On her BFFs Nancy Juvonen and Cameron Diaz: My girlfriends are my first family, and they know that I would lie down and die for them. My love for them is unbreakable.”