25 March 2010

sixteen? really???






Last weekend #1 turned 16. It is a little bit shocking, especially when I have such good friends who have recently sent me messages with lovely reminders of the sweet things he used to do when he was little. It is amazing how many things I have forgotten - memories that seem so long ago.





He was, of course, my first. He has been the first everything since then when it comes to children. And let me tell you, he could not be a better first - honestly. He is what every parent dreams of when they imagine what their son would be like. He is kind, he is courteous. He is friendly - quick to smile. He is so mature that there are times I wonder if he is really mine... He has such an incredible sense of self, of self-esteem, of what he believes. He has wonderful friends, true friends, good friends. They are great kids and such fun to have around.






He is quick to help when I need it, wonderful (most of the time...) with his brothers, a hard worker. His loyalty runs deep - he doesn't fake his feelings - if he is your friend, he truly is your friend. He is incredibly responsible, reliable, and dependable. I feel incredibly blessed that he is a part of this family.





He had some friends over for the night - some of those really fabulous boys. They ate, they had a bon fire, they ate again. We had stocked up on all of the junk food that #1 likes best. We ordered pizza. We picked up ice cream cake (his favorite). We had s'more fixins. I am sure they were up terribly late - I certainly wasn't awake to see for myself... The next morning we had a big farm house breakfast before they left. It was such fun~

You know, I wouldn't go back to 16 for anything, but it is fun to be a part of it with him.



48 comments:

FEDERICA said...

Happy birthday!!! :-)
Tha cake looks so yummy!!
Federica
xoxo

kelly said...

Well that just goes to show what a great job you have done raising him! Congrats to you both!

Valerie said...

Such a sweet post dedicated to the birthday boy!

Sixteen??? How does that happen?!!!

Well, you and your husband are certainly doing a fantastic job raising him!

Simone said...

Such a beautiful post....he really sounds like a boy to be proud of....well done you! Sounds like a great birthday too :)

xoxo

Lifetime Passions said...

Happy Birthday! My eldest was 10 not so long ago and I was devasted, time really does fly when you're having fun!!
Beautiful Cake too.

a. Zulkifly said...

awwww how sweet! happy birthday :D

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

Gotta love those boys! Their groceries, their friends and how they just love their moms. Happy Birthday to your firstborn. XO

Lisa-Marie said...

Happy Belated Birthday to #1!

The cake look delicious, and without wishing to embarrass him, may I just say your son is very stylish.

Lastly, having been a teacher, I have spoken to parents who do not appreciate the children they have.More parents should be like you. x

Mikal said...

I love how you describe your Seattle... makes me miss all my family up there...

Sweet mammas make sweet boys... it seems like just yesterday that my oldest boy was 16... now he's about to be a daddy, and give me my first grandbaby (Way too soon, but what can I do???)

Have a GREAT weekend!

Mikal

Corine said...

Has he read the wonderful tribute on your blog :) It is a true blessing, isn't it? Happy 16th and many many more. If it wasn't for home videos and my journals, I too would not remember anything, especially when you have more than one child.
The cake looks great....yummy!

Nikki said...

I would've loved a party like that at 16! What a lucky young man. I don't know that I can ever have boys as I can barely feed my Husband.

Gosh your house is beautiful, I love the little snippets of your interior. I just referred another blogger to talk to you about your carerra countertops. She's weighing the pros and cons.

Jeanneoli said...

Hard to believe that you are the mother of a sixteen year old. His birthday sounds so fun and how blessed you and your husband are to have a son of such character at such a young age!!!

Shelly said...

They grow up waaaay too fast! Good job Mom!

Hugs,
Shell

Dreamy Whites said...

Happy Birthday to your son!
Your post is so sweet!
Sounds like fun!

Take Care,
Maria
p.s. He sounds a lot like my oldest, she is going to be sixteen in August!

Lori said...

I first saw the cake and was surprised that you had not whipped one up yourself until you said it was an ice cream cake! :oP 16 years ~ where on earth did the time go...really!! I am so glad that he had a great 16th ~ it is a milestone and should be memorable.

Jboo said...

Happy Birthday to your #1 son! He sounds absolutely wonderful! I can tell you are so proud of him -- rightly so!

Janet

paige said...

kim, he sounds like the most fantastic young guy!
bravo to you my friend

Tami said...

Awww...this post brought tears to my eyes! I love seeing parents & kids in tune with each other like this! My eldest is 8 years old and I feel the same about him. I am constantly wishing I could slow time down. They grow so fast! But it is wonderful to be by their side and witness it all. Happy Birthday to your eldest...looks like it was a wonderful celebration! :)

Morgane said...

happy birthday to your son ! Your post sounds like a declaration d'amour .

1 Funky Woman said...

16 wow! I was just getting teary eyed the other day thinking mine will be 11 soon enough. Where does the time go? How sweet your son sounds! I agree I'd never like to be any of these ages again but it is fun to see them going through it!

The Little Red Shop said...

What a lovely tribute to your son!

Happy Sweet 16!!!

: )

Julie M.

Rosa Blu said...

This is such a sweet post! Happy B-day to your son!!

a.love said...

this sounds like the PERFECT way to celebrate! and wow, I couldn't agree more...I'd NEVER want to be 16 again but So blessed I'll get to experience that again 14 years from now--they're going to fly aren't they??

Martha said...

Oh Kim...he sounds like a great son!!! From meeting you I would definitely think he would turn out that way...he learns from you {and hubby I'm sure too...just haven't met him} What a fun party too by the way!!!

Dianna said...

Your son sounds like a wonderful kind of guy! Congratulations to him on his 16th birthday!

A Melbourne Girl said...

Looks great Mimi...congrats on a great boy...and a terrific cake.
Lesley
PS. I've given you an award Mimi, but please don't feel obliged to follow through if you don't wish to

A Room For Everyone said...

Happy Birthday to your lovely boy. Don't you just love the big teen sleepovers? We'll be having one here this weekend (all girls). Can't wait..Rachaelxx

Teresa said...

Oh, how sweet. What a great post about your boy. My youngest turns 16 this June. Time flies, doesn't it? From one mom of boys to another, congratulations on your fine young man.

Kathrine said...

Kim,

I love visiting your blog. It makes me warm & fuzzy and.....JEALOUS!!! How many days now until FRANCE!

You have a beautiful son who sounds so much like his mother.

Hugs.
Kathrine

ShirazandFrenchBlue said...

Thank you for sharing that, Happy birthday to your first, It was so nice to hear that he his a wonderful well balanced kid, I have a 2 year old boy, my first. He is so fun but into everything, I know I will get through this stage.
Awesome looking Cake Too!

GypsyNurse said...

Oh many happy birthday wishes.... now how come no one told me about the cake?????
Smiles~
Cat

DustyLu said...

Happy 16! My niece just turned 16 and is driving only part time..pretty much down the street only..lol..they grow up fast! ~lulu

tracey @ the vintage bothy said...

Happy Birthday, my son Tom was 16 recently - wow what a shock!
Tracey

Fabulously french said...

Lovely tribute, you do not look old enough to have a son that old :-)

Bon weekend a toi,

Leeann

Amy Skehan said...

My daughter just turned 16-its so weird how fast they grow. Happy Birthday to your son!
http://livinginbeautyandcomfort.blogspot.com/

Dreamy Whites said...

Miss Kimberly,
I received your beautiful cupcake print today!!! Thank you, I am so excited about winning one your beautiful prints. I feel very blessed! I wanted to tell you I will post about it when you get back from your trip to France (I am very excited for you) Right now I have it propped up on a cake stand on my mantle. I LOVE it!
I was curious do you ever sell calendars made from your lovely prints? I would love to buy a calendar made from your prints!
Take Care,
Maria

Jenea said...

Hi dear!!!! :) You know, I am 17 years old! This teenager's time is the best moments from our life! All my the best congratulations for you san! :)

P.S. Mimi! if you want you can found yourself in my last post! :)

RACHELLE said...

It seems so far off for me. My oldest is 6 and i feel like we may never make it to 16. Kudos to you.

That cake looks delectible. I decided i'll buy one and celebrate your sons birthday here too. :)

any excuse for cake!

shell

gypsylemonade.blogspot.com

Amber Rose said...

Sweet post:) From one Mommy to another..good job!!;)

myletterstoemily said...

he sounds like a fabulous kids,
i mean young man!

well done, mama.

now for the driver's license, gulp!

Simply Defined Design said...

Congrats!!! The cake looks fabulous!!
He is adorable!! Enjoy! Connie

koralee said...

Looks like fun..congratulations to him..16 is a big one. Love the look of that cake...yummmm. Have a great Sunday.

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Oh, happy birthday! Congratulations too, Mom, on raising such a wonderful son. Sounds like the perfect birthday party for a group of great friends.

I wouldn't go back to that age either, but maybe for one day.:)
Lidy

hometown girl said...

can't imagine 16! mine oldest son just turned 8 this week! he sounds like a wonderful boy! susan

Ciara said...

Wow. We are only two years away from that with our #1, and yes, shocking is a word I imagine being rather apt!
Given that it is often with the first we make our mistakes, can I say, all those wonderful attributes you have listed, for all that they are his, I do believe as parents our job is to be facilitators for the growth of these precious flowers we have been entrusted with. And look, dearheart: this is your son! I reckon a hearty congratulations should go to you two as the parents! What a wonderful addition to the world you have been part of!

Kato said...

Aww happy birthday to # 1! I know I am late but it is better late than never! He sounds like a lovely kid, and you sound like a lucky mom!

You know he is the way he is because of you right? ;)
xoxox

Mademoiselle Frou-Frou said...

from just these few pictures i can see what a beautiful home you have!!
happy birthday to your 'little one'!
xoxo alison

Megan said...

Wow!!! You're a lucky mama to have a such a great kido.

Sixteen seems like just yesterday......
Happy Birthday & Happy Easter!