I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be. -R. Munsch
I was scared crapless, you were not. Lots & lots of crap…more crap than I ever thought humanly possible.
You learned to roll over & I lost all ability to take a long, careless shower.
It wasn’t long after you mastered crawling that you were taking your first steps. Ambitious as ever, you started running & learned quickly that hills can be dangerous when you got that scar on your forehead.
Your first favorite word? Hi. Hi. Hiiiii.
This is the year I rapidly learned the value of a Friday night in. Before we knew it…you were two.
You hated being dirty; this was the cleanest year in the history of you. There was no tolerance in your little body for sticky hands or muddy pants; and for that…I was thankful. [I trained you well].
We had many conversations – mostly silly nonsense that gradually became more & more logical. This is the year your gears started turning & never stopped. The year you started asking why.
This is the year I rapidly learned the value of curiosity. Before we knew it…you were three.
Your independence & your silly began to show this year; constantly on a mission with a giggle.
Your you-ness began to shine. If there was any chance you’d grab someones attention – there was nothing off limits.
Your giggle was infectious and still is, every so often…it’s the same at eight.
This is the year I rapidly learned the value of slowing down to laugh. Before we knew it…you were four.
Your ability to make friends where ever you go was becoming the norm.
Your little heart, always in the right place [you get your people-pleasing gene from your mother].
You certainly were not a baby anymore… and reminded me often my assistance was not needed.
My most favorite photograph of the two of us was taken this year.
Fun Fact: Dad was behind those yellow flowers – making them all pretty like for us.
This is the year I rapidly learned the value of raising a little boy. Before we knew it…you were five.
The very first year of T-Ball…
Most days, that’s how you felt about it.
As the season progressed you continued to practice & try your best.
By the end of the season – you were more like this…
This is the year I rapidly learned the value of patience. Before we knew it…you were Six.
As a new 6 year old you raised $360.00 for Special Olympics & jumped into a pool of ice water – for a good cause.
I was proud of you then & I’m still proud of you today.
Later this year… you danced until you dropped at Mom & Dad’s wedding.
You stole the show & that was a-okay with us.
This is the year I rapidly learned the value of being a Boggs. Before we knew it…you were Seven.
You were toothless for a while.
You chatted up the ladies.
You took selfies.
You made me flowers for mothers day.
You stole my heart…just like you have every other year.
This is the year I rapidly learned the value of life. Before we knew it…you were Eight.
Today… you’re half way to being able to legally drive a car.
Happy Birthday My Love.
This is the year I will rapidly learn the value of something.
No matter what it is, I’m happy you’re the inspiration behind it.
Update: December 8, 2015: Another Year Older.
The beginning of this year had some rough patches, you got it together and showed your ability to overcome less than desirable situations… like changing schools.
By the time 3rd grade rolled around, you met new friends, rode your bike around the block by yourself for the first time and proved you could officially eat more than me.
We met Harry, the only other redhead that’s as cool as you are…
and you were the most awesome Halloween sidekick there ever was…
This is the year I rapidly learned the value of your individuality. We got a grasp on how to be – and how to raise a big kid. Before we know it… double-digits.
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
― Dr. Seuss,