July 23, 2009: Best Day of my Life

image of birthdayToday I am the mom of a 9-year old. I am filled with such great emotion, both happy and sad. I wonder how time has just flown by these past nine years. I look at my wonderful little boy and wonder how he got to be so grown up so fast. I see videos from when he was just learning to talk “Hi, mama” and remember that sweet high pitched voice. I remember his first steps and feeling so dang proud of him. I remember his first smile and how my heart melted right away. I remember him always needing to have Lightning McQueen (the one with the red tires), Mater (the “dirty” brown one, not the shiny blue one), or a monster truck (El Toro Loco) with him at all times, even when he slept. I remember him being so active all of the time and looking at my friend’s daughters and wondering why he wouldn’t just sit and color like the calm girls did.

There is something truly special about a mother/son [Read more…]

A Wild Snake-Themed Birthday Party, Real Snakes, And A Snake Cake!

image of a snake cake birthday cakeWhen I was pregnant people would tell me that once my child was born, I would do things for him that I never thought I would. Let’s just fast-forward to his 5th birthday party. For a really long time now, he has been adamant on wanting a snake and reptile party. Of course, I was banking on him changing his mind, as most kids do, but isn’t it just my luck that he was consistent and never backed down.

If there’s anything you should know about me, it’s that I’m terrified of snakes. Like really terrified. It’s my biggest fear ever. I won’t even touch a picture of a snake in a book, so it’s hilarious that my son is quite obsessed with the slithering reptiles. Each time we go to the zoo, the reptile house is the first stop that we have to make. [Read more…]