Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Looking Back...

Today my Andrew turns 17! If you know me personally or have read my blog for a while you know that my family means everything to me. Andrew has always been a very special kid, always full of love. He has always been my "buddy"

He is my oldest child and there is always something special about your first born. He will kill me for posting these photos of him when he was little. When he was real young, I dressed him in bow ties and suits, now the only time he dresses up is for prom. But that is just a typical teenage boy!

Here he is on Easter. Chantal is helping him hunt for eggs. If you look real close you can see his tiny glasses.
His father and I divorced when he was 5. I know it was hard on him but he seemed to understand why. Since we were on our own, we turned to each other and that only made us closer.
He went through a "Pirate" stage and that is all that he thought about was pirates. So what did we do??? We loaded up and headed to Myrtle Beach, SC so that he could "dig for treasure" He had such a wonderful time and I know that it was a trip that he will always remember.
Here he is on his first day of school. He was so excited about going but after he got there, like most, he cried and did not want me to leave. Of course, I cried the whole first week of school.
Here he is in our wedding! He walked me down the isle. He was so nervous at first but after we got up there he TALKED the whole time. Yep! He talked through the whole ceremony to Richard's brother. They talked about MONSTER TRUCKS! Everyone was laughing because he would not stop! But that was fine because we had a wonderful small family wedding.
This is when he went through his "chubby" stage! :) He will love this photo! This is right after Hunter was born. Andrew was so crazy about his new little brother but now all they do is fight but that is just brothers!
And this is him now!!!! This was taken right before Christmas 2009. Now he is a young man that is determined to have a successful life. He does great in school, loves his horses, dogs, and chickens. And in a few weeks is headed off on an adventure of a lifetime to Italy, Switzerland, and France!!!! My baby is growing up too fast.
Tonight we will be taking him out to dinner where ever he decides that he wants to eat. And then taking him to do shopping. I think he wants a new rod and reel and some other things. He loves to fish and I know he mentioned that he wanted a new one...
I love you Andrew with all of my heart and I am so very proud that you are my son!
Kristie

14 comments:

Gina said...

Great photos. Don't forget that it's a mother's job to embarrass her kids as much as possible.

Happy Birthday Andrew from Wales

Love and hugs Gina xxx

Purple Quilter Queen said...

Loved the walk down memory lane Kristie! You should be very proud. Hope he has a great time overseas! Jenn

Hazel said...

They grow so fast ,it was fun seeing Andrew progress into the young man he is today .Happy Birthday Andrew , you've done your Mama proud .

Michelle said...

I loved the pictures and the story along with them. Happy Birthday to Andrew!

miniaturequilter said...

I enjoyed seeing pics of how he looked when he was younger! He is such a nice polite young man, you did a wondeerful job raising him!
I would love to see pics of Hunter when he was little (I guess he is still little compared to Andrew!)

Amelia said...

Wonderful pictures to show us how he had reached this point in life. I know you are proud of him and you should be. He is a handsome young man.

He may have gotten older - but you gained wisdom along with the years.

julieQ said...

He is more darling in each picture. I am so proud for you...you have raised a fine son!

Kelly Ann said...

Happy Birthday Andrew...

cdnj said...

Happy Birthday Andrew!

Libby said...

Awww! Thanks for sharing those sweet pictures! Andrew sounds like a great guy! I hope that ya'll have a wonderful time celebrating his birhtday!
Libby

Guðrún said...

You really got a handsom son. Congratualations on his birthday.

Vesuviusmama said...

Happy belated birthday to Andrew from Virginia! And while he might be embarrassed, I'm sure it also makes him feel special that you cherish him so much and want to share him with the world!

jillquilts said...

Happy belated birthday, Andrew!! I'm sure that he is going to really enjoy the trip to Europe!! :)

QuiltedSimple said...

happy belated birthday andrew
kris