Stop Growing!

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I tell my kids all the time, "Would you please stop growing!" My little boy turns 11 today.  Birthday's are so exciting but it makes me reflect on how FAST the kids are growing up. Too FAST. 

Brandon has been reminding us everyday with a countdown to the big day.  Tonight he asked me to make Macaroni and Cheese because it would be the last time he would eat it at the ripe age of 10.  He also asked Russ to build a Lego set with him because it would be the last one built at the age of 10.  I love how he can be so dramatic leading up to the big moment.  It does seem like yesterday we were just bringing him into this crazy world.  I remember calling my mom to come with me to my Dr. appointment because Russ had to go fly that day.  I had not felt well all day.  Little did I know I was in labor.  Once I was seen by my Dr. I wasn't going home and we were frantically trying to find Russ.  He was just walking onto the tarmac to get into the Jet when someone called his name to tell him he would be piloting his wife in the labor room.  It was just a short 7 hours later -May 9th @ 12:07- we brought sweet Brandon into the world.  Happy Birthday sweet boy. You make this mama melt everyday!

10 Things I Love About Brandon!

1. I love how you randomly just come to give me hugs and kisses and tell me how much you love me and really don't want anything in return.

2. I love reminding you that your shirt is on backwards or your zipper is down. It makes me feel like you still need me.

3.  I love that when I do laundry I find TONS of treasures in your pockets and it tells the story of your days. 

4.  I love hearing you pray at night and that you include family or friends who need our prayers without any prompt. It's totally from your heart.

5. I love that you still kiss me goodbye in front of your friends and EVERYDAY at the bus stop.

6. I love it when you ask me to lay by your side at night so you can tell me what's on your mind.

7. I love your infectious laugh.  I can be far away and hear your giggle and it makes me giggle. 

8.  Although this has not been an easy year at school, I love that you continue to try your best and show them just how GREAT you are. 

9.  I love when you come home from camping and take a shower and you still have dirt rings around your ankles.  It makes me smile.

10.  Most of all I love that you helped take care of me and Alexis while Daddy was away. You were the best little man ever.  It wasn't an easy job.


Happy Birthday Brandon!


Love, Mama

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9 thoughts on “Stop Growing!”

  1. Happy Birthday, Brandon. We share the BEST day of the year!! I hope you find it as super fantastic as I have all these years! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. WOW…you sure know how to make a mom tear up!!  I love the sweet things you said about your boy!!  Makes me want to go jot down some special things about my kiddos!!  They truly do grow up so fast and that is difficult to remember when life takes over sometimes.  ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Happy Birthday Brandon, hope all of your wishes come true. What nice things to remember. My son will be 19 next week and my mother always says, you never stop worrying about your children, no matter how hold they get. She still worries about me. Guess that's just another one of our jobs as mothers. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Enjoy every day with him.  My baby boy is graduating from high school and going off to college in the fall.  Where does the time go???  Makes me tear up just thinking about it ๐Ÿ™

  5. The love you have for your kids is undeniable. I wish I grew up with a mom like you!

  6. Happy, Happy Birthday to Brandon! Your Mommy must love you very much to have created such a beautiful scrapbook page all about you! My "baby" is 23 today so I know how fast the years fly by. Enjoy the special Mommy/Son relationship you share always!

  7. Happy brithday, Brandon!  I know I'm a couple of days late, but I sure hope it was a good one!
    My baby boy is starting Kindergarten in the fall and I am having a mightly hard time with it!  Your list of things you love about your boy has me bawling all over the place…that'll teach me to read your blog while I'm at work!!

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