Ronin, you are 11!! What a year this has been for you. You ran right through it!
You placed in your age group for Gasparilla.
You walked with me at The Dark Side 5K AND GOT TO MEET Boba Fett.
You loved our Spring Break vacation in Edisto Beach, SC!
And you graduated from the 5th grade!!
I have a feeling that Middle school is going to be great for you!! You're hoping to get into Band like your big sister, Haley. But you want to play the drums!! You love to read, and play games on your tablet. And I'm still the first person you see every morning, and the last one you see at night ❤
You are my very special boy and I love you so much!
Happy 12th Birthday my sweet flower child!!
It doesn't seem that long ago that you were born. At dawn. In a flower garden. With only your daddy and I there. Here you are with daddy and big sister Haley just a short time after your birth.
This has been a very big year for you!! You started middle school!!
You decided to try new things with you hair.
You tried out for the school play.
You learned some very hard lessons about what it means to be a good friend, and how you deserve to be treated by those people who claim to be your friends.
But most importantly, you stayed true to you.
You continue to love animals and developed an INTENSE and DRIVEN desire to fish. All the time. Fish.
You love crafting and and were even featured in the newspaper!
You ran Gasparilla and Disney Dark Side!
This year also found you obsessed with Zombies. You read the Darren Shan Zom-B series, you watched the entire series of Z-Nation and even dressed up like a Zombie for Halloween.
You are giving me signs of the type of young woman you are becoming. You don't take BS from ANYONE; you don't need other people to make you happy. You are independent, funny, smart, athletic, but most of all, you are kind.
I am so proud of you Ella and I am excited for you as you embark on your 12th year of life!
Happy birthday my Sweet Ella.
I love you,
My oldest daughter. My sweet little Pixie. The one who made me a mama. Oh my. You have turned 13. A teenager.
I'm still not quite sure how you went from this
To this. A beautiful, smart, punny, young woman. Yes, punny. YOU LOVE PUNS!!
As you turn 13 there a few things you ABSOLUTELY love.
The flute. You decided you really wanted to learn to play an instrument and together we decided on the flute. Haley, you are a natural born flute player. I know you work hard, but you are really really good! I am so excited to see where your musical talent takes you. You've asked to go to band camp this summer, and your daddy and I are going to make that happen. We are so proud of you.
Reading. YOU LOVE TO READ! You've always loved to read, but this year you've really embraced what it means to be a true lover of the written word. And that makes me so proud. You even dressed up as a book nerd for Halloween. You rock, kid.
This year you've also become obsessed (just like your mama) with the Broadway musical, Hamilton. You know all the words to all the songs. Not just on the original cast recording either, but all the words on the mixtape too. Your birthday party invitations even reflected that you are a true #HamilKid
You have made a great group of friends and even little sister Ella is included in that very elite group. That doesn't surprise me too much. You and Ella have always been two peas in a pod.
Your squad is funny, smart, and loyal.
And you are smart! So smart! You qualified this year for the Duke University Talent Search. You were invited to take the ACT as a 7th grader, and you took it and did very well!! Based on your scores you qualified for the Duke Summer Camp programs. But you decided you'd rather go to band camp. You are already learning how to make the hard decisions, and looking at the bigger picture. You are pretty amazing.
Happy 13th Birthday, Haley! I'm so excited to see you continue to grow into a dynamic, passionate, determined, young woman.
I love you,