Ethan is 13!

I can not believe our first born is now a teenager.  Watching him grow has been incredible.  And yes, I cry every year on their birthdays.  I stay up looking at baby pictures the night before and the tears are unstoppable.  This year was no exception.  My, where does the time go?

Ethan is really into sports, his appearance (mainly his hair) and his friends.  Most of the time he is off at a friend’s house until dark.  I miss him being home, but I know the job of a parent is to help your child become who they are and to fly away from the nest.  I just didn’t think it would happen so soon!   He is way cooler than John and I ever were in school.

A birthday tradition for our children is waking up to few treats and browsing through the baby books.  We don’t often buy sugary cereal so this was a real treat!
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My mom surprised Ethan with a basketball goal.  That is where he can now be found at all hours of the day shooting hoops either alone or with friends.  Poor kid is trying to teach me how to play!  It has been fun getting to spend more quality time with him doing something he loves.
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Ethan is really into brand name everything, as I am sure most kids are at some point.  He grumbled when I bought one bag of store brand chips for his party.  So we decided to throw him a generic party!!  He found a bit of humor in it.
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He had 9 other teens stay over.  They played football and basketball until way past dark and then watched scary movies into the wee hours of the morning.  We all had a great time.
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Oh, this sweet boy of ours.  He is trying to navigate the way into the next phase of his life.  Some days are good and others not so good.  He has found his inner back talking, grumbling self.  I sure miss him being my sweet little cuddle bug, but it has been fun watching him change into the man he is becoming.

Here is to many, many more birthdays and the best life has to offer.

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