Saturday, September 26, 2015

Ten





The LB turned ten this week. We celebrated quietly at home, just the four of us. His birthday was on our busiest day of the week, which includes a late-afternoon ballet class for his sister and a slapdash dinner at home afterward. I felt badly that this was the same day as his birthday, so we made sure to go out for dinner over the previous weekend - his choice. Do you know what this boy chose? Jason's Deli. Because he loves the salad bar. He wanted salad for his special birthday dinner - for the second year in a row. It's entirely possible I am not his real mother. Granted, they do have banana pudding and chocolate mousse on the salad bar, and there is soft-serve ice cream with chocolate sauce too. After his two huge plates of salad, he was certainly entitled to indulge.

Most of his birthday presents were computer-related; he is rapidly becoming a very proficient programmer and loves to build small computer systems. The Bear helps him, but it's amazing to see how much he does on his own. It's all Greek to me, of course, but I'm proud of his interest in computers. I think it could easily become an obsession if we let it, so we try to encourage other hobbies too. We also gave him some books and art stuff, as well as some baking supplies - cake mix, decorator icings, sugar decors, etc. - that he can use alone, or with a little help. This summer, he learned to make several foods by himself, such as scrambled eggs and oatmeal, and I think cakes and cookies will be fun for him. He also got a bottle of blueberry pancake syrup, just because. We had ice cream cake after our hasty post-ballet dinner. I noticed that the light levels were very different from his sister's birthday, only 17 days previously. It's all happening so quickly now and it really struck me this year.

He's TEN! Goodness. It's incredible to think that he has been here for a whole decade. As you know, it hasn't been the easiest or happiest year for him, and while that hurts my heart, I do think that I've had a remarkable opportunity to watch him grow and learn through it - sometimes in spite of it. I've learned from him too - to be tougher, to be calmer, to accept things that can't be changed, to work harder at the things that can be changed. Toughness, calmness and acceptance do not come easily to me, but they do to him. Salad aside, there are plenty of reasons to wonder how this kid came from me. He's all mine (I'd know that nose anywhere because it's mine too), and I really couldn't be prouder to be his mother.

Just one more birthday to go in this year's birthday season - mine!

45 comments:

  1. Happy birthday to LB. It looks like he had a great day! :o)

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  2. I'm glad he had a good birthday, and how lovely that he chose a lovely healthy place for his special meal. He sounds a most amazing boy, I hope he has a wonderful year. CJ xx

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  3. Happy Birthday to LB. One of my best foodie memories of America is eating at Sweet Tomatoes, so I applaud his birthday choice. Here's to an easier year for him; he sounds like he deserves it. xx

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  4. Happy birthday to your boy. It sounds like he still had fun despite having his birthday on a school day. A salad bar that sells chocolate mousse and ice cream?? Sounds amazing. Xx

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  5. Happy Birthday to LB! Sounds like he had just the celebration he wanted. The years fly by too quickly!

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  6. Happy Birthday to LB! It sounds like he had a great birthday.

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  7. *H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* LB! Sounds like he had a great time. They are both just adorable kids, you should be proud. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  8. Happy Birthday LB!!! 10 years is a big birthday. Your children are so sweet and in reading your comments about LB, I see a lot of our middle son in your words. Jamie was also into computers from a very young age and it's what he does now as an adult. But he also loves the guitar, camping and motorcycles! I love how you're encouraging other interests too. It sounds like you had a wonderful family time of love and fun.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  9. Thanks for letting us enjoy some of LB's unique birthday celebration, including his choice of a special birthday dinner at a salad bar, Jennifer. I hope LB has a fabulous 10th year. My oldest grandson turned ten in June, and I am still trying to adjust to the realization that a decade has passed since his birth! xx

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  10. Happy Birthday to LB it's a huge milestone reaching two digits, he sounds like a lovely boy Jennifer you have every right to feel proud he has gone through a lot but hopefully that can be put way behind him now, have a great Sunday. :) xxx

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  11. happy birthday LB. hope being 10 is amazing x

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  12. Happy birthday to your wonderful, beautiful boy x

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  13. Happy Birthday to a fast becoming " Big Bear!"

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  14. happy birthday little bear! hope it was all you wanted & needed & may you have many more birthdays!
    a lovely post
    thanx for sharing

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  15. Happy Birthday to your LB, now in double figures! Here's to a very happy and healthy year ahead. We had a lot of birthday dinners at the local salad + dessert bar - our kids loved it! Good choice, LB! So impressed that he has such computer expertise - aren't children amazing?

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  16. A very Happy Birthday to LB. Our babies often surprise us with their own thoughts of food and where to go. Mine frighten the life out of me now... they are mid teens - scary times! Take care xx

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  17. Happy Birthday to LB! 10 is such a Mega age. He has coped with do much this year (as have you) so extra celebratory for him. Great cake. I agree it's not ideal when birthdays fall mid-week, but sounds like you had a really nice meal out too. X

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  18. Happy birthday to LB. Ten is one of those milestones, double figures. That looks like a great cake.

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  19. Happy birthday to your boy! I'm glad he's doing well now. My oldest will be 20 this coming Saturday. Yikes! How did that happen? One of my younger son's friends is into programming and actually, on top of his regular school work, has been taking online classes for the last year -- getting up all hours of the night to complete lessons. Not sure how he's managed but it's his passion. I know he will be happy to graduate high school so he can focus solely on that. It's -good to be well-rounded so encouraging your boy to have other interests is a good thing. Hope you are having a lovely weekend.

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  20. Happy belated birthday, you have every right to be a very proud mother. Sounds like an amazing young man.

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  21. Happy belated Birthday to your handsome LB! And I love that he loves salad - bless him :-)
    Hugs xx

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  22. Happy double-digit birthday to your handsome young man! He sounds like such a sweet, intelligent little boy. I know you're proud - and you have every right to be. Blessings to all of you.

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  23. H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y ! My eldest was ten this year too. The years are going by so fast now!

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  24. He is adorable and ten is the best!! gosh I remember it well they are so much fun and still love to be with the family. He is truly a wonderful almost young man.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  25. I loved reading about the LB's birthday celebrations. What a great time you had and I loved hearing about his presents too. He sounds such a special chap. My son is 22 tomorrow but sometimes it seems like yesterday that he was 10.

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  26. What a trooper he is. It looks as if he had a wonderful birthday, surrounded by a loving family. That is the best way to celebrate...small and with loved ones to share the moment with.

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  27. Happy birthday to LB! He is quite an amazing boy. It never fails to amaze me that my children, who bicker and whine about petty stuff, suddenly behave with courage and stocism when things get really serious.

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  28. Happy Birthday LB!!!! We share a birthday month :) xxx

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  29. Happy 10th Birthday! We only have 2 birthdays to go this year and they're in December.

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  30. Happy Birthday to your son!! Ten is such a special age!

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  31. Happy belated birthday to your little bear. Wishing him another amazing trip around the sun.
    PS : My daughter has asked for veggie sushi for the last 3 brithdays... :-)

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  32. Belated Happy Birthday to your amazing LB. I hope he behaves better in the kitchen than my ten year old monkey :-) x

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  33. Happy Birthday LB. He's sounds like a brilliant little.. or should I say big guy.. wow ten!
    I love that he choose salad for his special birthday dinner.. and all your present were really sweet and thoughtful

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  34. Hey Jennifer,
    Happy, happy birthday to LB! A singular child, if I may say what with all his computer programming and salad eating. Just the kind of child I like. His presents sound lovely, and he looks thrilled with it all. It's funny that you see a physical part of you in him. my boys look literally nothing like me. Eye colour, nose shape, hair, long legs. All of it is nothing to do with me!
    Leanne xx

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  35. Happy Birthday Little Bear! Jo xx

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  36. many years to the newly ten! God bless! lovely pictures and words! <3

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  37. I think those quieter, just family, birthdays are much better than some of the overly elaborate ones that so many younger people are throwing for their children. Your son is fine-looking boy, and I think it is so cool that you have encouraged so many different interests. I'm sure he had a wonderful birthday!

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  38. Sending slightly belated birthday wishes ...
    Ten, double digits, isn't that wonderful.

    All the best Jan

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  39. Happy birthday to LB !!!
    He looks so healthy in the photos - to think his surgery was only past summer (and that summer has only just ended...) !
    Xxx

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  40. Belated happy birthday to your boy. That first photo is just lovely. Our children are a source of wonder and delight, aren't they?!

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  41. Oh my goodness, I'm so behind with everyone ... is it too late for me to wish him Happy Birthday. And goodness, 10, that's a whole year older than I thought he was. It's a good age, my boys were darlings at 10.

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    1. I think 'goodness' must be my word of the day heehee

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