I have reached a point in motherhood and life where everything seems perfectly, imperfect. I am learning to let go and love. Everything from children's toothless smiles, the mess after a fantastic dinner, the unevenness of a homemade hand crafted coffee cup, rain and clouds on an important day. I feel this is the time of life that I have dreamed of. To be a mother, a woman, is to accept these imperfections. Acceptance is the truest form of love. It draws peace and pure happiness in your life when you stop worrying over things beyond your control. It is then that you start noticing and appreciating things and people for what and who they truly are, letting them be "as is" and loving them regardless.
Garrett has big plans for his life, and he has been firm with those plans since he was a wee one. I am proud of him. For having goals. For being who he is, and being confident and brave enough to be. As a mother, I am humbled by this human I have raised and loved, that surpasses my dreams of what he could be.
Garrett asked me a few days ago, what time he was born. "1:19 pm." He insisted we wait until that time to celebrate today. Garrett had a simple request of vanilla icing and for me to "surprise him" with the kind of cake. I chose blue cake mix, his favorite color. Garrett also wanted party hats and horns, I happily obliged. I spent the morning cooking breakfast for him which consisted of eggs, sausage, cheese, salsa and sour cream in a tortilla. Once breakfast was over I started to bake his cake while he watched movies. Once the cake was done, we sat at the table, sang happy birthday, blew out candles and he opened his gift. You'll see in the photos below, Garrett's reaction when he discovered what it was..he's been thanking me and hugging me all afternoon. (He truly deserved his gift)
Once we (my roommate, two princesses, G and I) consumed the cake wreck of a cake I made, (hee hee) we headed outside to take some 13 year photos. Its a cloudy day, yet the temp is mild. We took some photos in the front yard and he was happy to know that was the last thing we had planned today! We joked, giggled and he huffed and puffed about the photos, but we got some great shots! (I think he enjoys his new present and wants to play with it. All. Day.) Its been lovely to be with him on this special-turning point birthday, and I wanted to document it so as not to forget the details, especially that cake. ;)
Thanks for reading! Merry Christmas Eve to everyone!