Happy 13th Birthday, Haley

by jennifer8. January 2017 09:42

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,

Mama

XOXO

 

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Haley | Jenny

Happy 10th Birthday Ronin!!!

by jennifer8. August 2016 10:53
Dear Ronin, I apologize that this birthday post is late. My website crashed for a bit, and then we went on vacation. I hope you know how much you are loved.   I'm not quite sure how it happened. I blinked and you have gone from our little walrus (gosh how we all loved this nickname for you!!) into a fun loving, intelligent, young man. Double digits, dude. I love that you picked this cake out all on your own. You thought the flowers on it were cool.  I can't wait to see what your 10th year brings you! I think you ROCK! Love, Mama XOXO

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Happy Birthday Ella

by jennifer14. July 2016 12:51
Happy 11th Birthday Ella!! Today you turn 11.  It doesn't seem like 11 years ago you entered the world at dawn, in a flower garden with only your daddy and I there. It was magical and will always be one of the BEST days of my life. This is your first photo with your daddy and your big sister Haley. You two love each other so much. You truly are the best of friends and it warms my heart to see how much you enjoy being with one another.   At your first birthday party you were so happy. Ronin joined our family only a few days later and your world got turned upside down. Now at age 11 you LOVE all things nature. You love to be outside. You love the ocean, swimming, fishing, and you are ALWAYS up for an adventure. I can't wait to see what this next decade of your life will bring for you. Your first kiss, your first boyfriend. You'll learn to drive and you'll graduate high school and head off to college. I don't want to think about that just yet. For now, for now I'll focus on you being 11 and all the joy you bring to my life.   XOXO Mama

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