Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Let 'Em Eat Cake

My Andrew turned 9 yesterday!!
There will be no mushy, mushy Mama love letter on the blog either.
I saved that for the handwritten letter I wrote him on the eve of his birthday.
A tradition I began when he turned one. 
Once written, the letters are sealed and dated.  
Then stashed away for someday when he is all grown up. {sniff}
My letter to Andrew this year was a whopping 7 pages 
and I thought I captured everything I wanted to capture.  
But as we were walking back home from the village barber shop this morning 
(both boys with nice fresh, long overdue, haircuts), we were crossing the street 
and I had Charlie on my left, one hand holding mine and one hand with his lollipop, 
and Andrew was on my right holding my other hand.  
Once we hit the sidewalk, Andrew pulled my hand up and gave it a quick kiss 
while it was still entwined with his and thanked me for a nice birthday yesterday.  
That he still holds my hand AND that he still gives it a kiss (on occasion), 
well I'm afraid I left that out of the letter and now wish I hadn't.  
So it's on the blog for safe keeping.  
Those moments make my heart smile....

We've got a party with his friends planned for Friday.  
Hoping this unexpected arrival of gorgeous weather sticks around till then.

{it is seriously hard work blowing out 9 candles}
{my children ate this for breakfast, more than one snack, and dessert today}

PS. I am waaaaaaaaaaay behind in blogging, as in 1000+ posts unread, 
I genuinely appreciate your comments and I'm sorry I've been MIA on your blogs lately.  
Once fall hits I'll be back in business!


  1. Happy Birthday (belated) to Andrew! My daughter turned 17 today, and one of my sons will be 21 on Saturday. What a smart thing to do with the letters. I wish I had started that years ago. We had petit fours tonight for the "birthday cake", and the leftovers will be breakfast in the morning...yummy!

  2. WHAT JOY that little kiss on the hand. My 18 year old like to hug me and lift me off the ground.

  3. That is so sweet. I got a little teary eyed thinking about my sweet boys turning 9 and wondering they'd still want to hold my hand and lift it up to kiss it. Precious moment!

  4. Aww, what wonderful moments for you and your son! Happy birthday to him! And that cake looks amazing. :)

  5. I love that you write a letter every single year! And 7! I did it the first year in their baby books, but I've since stopped the baby books, don't have any photo books, scrapbooks, etc. Weird considering how nostalgic and sentimental I am. But I journal. Hope my girls will enjoy reading it someday. Though it's not all about them.

    Enjoy the birthday weekend, sweet mama!

  6. Thank you so much for your kind comment on my blog and for all of your support! I'll take you up on your offer whenever I get enough courage to get started. I love the video of your youngest and your husband "jamming" in the kitchen. Adorable!

  7. I just adore this tradtion of yours. Those letters are going to mean the world to them. And the kiss on the hand...sigh...
    Happy Birthday, Andrew! xo