Wow, remember these days?
|I loved this sweater he's wearing!!|
When Andrew turned one, I got this large plastic Happy Birthday banner from some craft store, and it's been up at every one of his birthdays (minus the birthday in Korea). I wasn't that organized about it back in the early years, but it was there.
Here's my 3 yr old little boy.
This was the year we held the party at the local skating rink. For a three year old. Hmmm...most three year olds aren't known for their exceptional skating skills and I'm not sure we really considered that in advance, but it was still a lot of fun. One of the most memorable moments from this party was that one of his friends from daycare came, she was maybe four, and her mom just dropped her off and left. A 4 yr old...at a skating rink. We spent a lot of time babysitting her-she was like a newborn giraffe with tall legs and she could NOT stand on roller skates, but she really wanted to try. The entire party. It was a party of making sure that little girl didn't leave with marks on her.
My young Andrew was four when we moved for me to attend college and he helped make my college years fun in a way that most college kids don't experience. I wasn't out boozing it up, I was spending entire evenings pulling out a tub with 90 action figures and recreating large and detailed battle scenes from Andrew's head. Or we would unfold the couch-bed and have a movie night: me, Andrew, a white cat, a black cat, and 56 beanie babies all cuddled up together under the covers. Or we would both ready our backpacks in the morning and then head off to school together.
|Toy Story - best movie ever.|
Andrew has touched many lives. He was always a fun kid to have around and he could hang with me in any situation. My friend Courtney (below on the left) offered to babysit for me a couple times in my time of need and I took him right on over to her dorm and they set up a great game of hide-and-seek on two different floors of the dorm building. I had another friend who lived in a sorority house and she babysat during one of my tests one night and I nearly had to drag him out of that house. Apparently, boys like to be with a house full of sorority sisters.
Andrew has enriched my life beyond words. He's taught me how to love unconditionally (though he has tested this well), he's taught me to stretch my imagination (how long can you really play with action figures??), he's shown me that the best things in life are not things you buy-it's the moments in life, because my moments with him far outweigh any item I could ever possibly purchase. My love for him grows every day and I can't imagine how anyone survives this world without someone like Andrew in their lives.
I would not be who I am today without Andrew being who he is along every step of the way, and for this, I am grateful. I am grateful for my Andrew.
It is so amazing that he is so wonderful in every possible way. My biggest gripe is that he can't hang a towel after he showers....really...that's it?? He's just got so many wonderful traits about him.
He has determination like you wouldn't believe.
|The year he got Whiskers the cat for his bday!|
He is funny, but not always because he means to be (haha-remember when you thought the SS on a car was a 55 and pondered how that company had been around for 55 years. Ha!).
He can cook! He feels so at ease in the kitchen, I don't ever worry about him making meals for his future family.
|In the midst of a sock fight with cousin Alyssa. Andrew is the long-haired one on the couch!|
He's creative - he has great opinions on things and often helps me problem-solve.
|A 2-night bday excursion that involved a rental van, a trip to Great Wolf Lodge, and a LOT of boy smells.|
|Grandpa and Andrew - 2009|
He tries really hard to be the best he can be.
I have loved him from the moment I saw him, and I will love him forever.
Happy 18th Birthday to my bouncing baby boy, Andrew B! You are the very best and I wish you the very best.