Saturday, December 01, 2012


Today my baby turns fourteen.


How is that even possible?!?!? Wasn't it just yesterday that Cal learned to walk & the first steps he took were to his basketball goal so he could dunk the ball?  Wasn't it just yesterday he was driving around in his Little Tykes car & backed it up to Daddy's huge cargo trailer hitch as if he'd been backing cars all his life?  Wasn't it just yesterday he traded his 4 binkies (1 for sucking, 3 for sniffing!) for a huge truck with a trailer at Toys R Us? Wasn't it just yesterday he pulled down his shorts in public to show he was officially wearing "big boy pants" now?!  I swear it feels like yesterday that he was in the shower with Daddy when I opened the drafty door and Cal yelled out, "Close the door! It's sucking cold in here!!!" (He said an S for an F at that age!  OMG.  So proud!!!) Time has literally flown by so fast... and I must say, if it weren't for Claire & Lola showing us what really mattered, I might have taken these days, these YEARS for granted.  So thankful I did not.

I am so incredibly proud of you, Cal.  You are the most thoughtful person I know, incredibly hard-working, dedicated to your sport/academics/music, always there for everyone, and you value the beauty that comes with being different & unique because of your sisters. You make me laugh every. single. day. Your sense of humor & smart ass ways never cease to cheer me up when I most need it, and I thank you for that. You truly are my "heart walking around outside my body." I am so in awe of you ~ how strong you are & how wise beyond your years you've always been. I hope you know how much I love you now & always, Cal.
First day of 8th grade  ~  2012-2013

Don't drop me, a-hole.  I GOT THIS!

Mmmmm... Cheddar Bay.  Come to Papa!

Claire & Cal

Go Thunder cheerleaders!
(Sure are some pretty girls over there!)

I even love you with pox.

I'm blaming the pox/fever/deliriousness for this action!

Brylee & Cal at the WSU game  ~  GO SHOCKS!

Cal & Lola  ~  12:00 am on December 1, 2012
Don't judge me that they're still up.  It's a Friday night, bitches!  We had to ring in Cal's big day with hugs!

I love you with everything in me, Cal. Happy 14th Birthday, Son. 
"Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven." ~Henry Ward Beecher


helicopter Mum of 6 ♡ said...

Happy Birthday Cal! We love you and are so proud of the young man you are! Agh! Tearing up over here - 14?! How can this be?! xoxo

momsmom said...

Happy Birthday to Cal! One of mine just turned 14 as well. Crazy age! Love the Magic Cal pic. What a guy lol.

Anonymous said...

I found your blog a few weeks ago and I love it!
Cal needs his own page on top of your home page,alongside Lola and Claire so new readers can see how special he is as well!
My 12 year old daughter is autistic and has her own issues, and I am so thankful that my three other kids have learned compassion from having her in their lives.
Cal looks like such a neat kid. I teach middle school kids, and I can tell just by your pictures that Cal is confident and caring. Nice job Mom! You have done a great job raising him!

Gwen said...

Anonymous/Holly -- You are completely right -- totally adding a tab at the top for Cal, too. THANK YOU for the tip! He is an awesome kid -- definitely wise beyond his years & a complete joy in our family. He deserves it! HUGS to you & also to momsmom & Steph! xoxo

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