Monday, June 24, 2019

Birthday boy................


Today is a special day my friends, Little Buddy is 8!  Can you even believe it?  I can't!


We started celebrating yesterday as there are too many people at work today, plus number 2 big brother was home for the weekend and had to head back to Orlando last night.  A bit of cake and a few presents early never hurt anyone.  He is taking cupcakes to camp today to celebrate with friends, and there will be a few more presents and birthday cake tonight. Today is also Uncle Don's birthday.  These two share such a lovely bond and a great day together. 


What happened to my baby?  You see these birthdays are bitter sweet for me.  I am always a bit tearful that my boys are growing up and growing away from me.  They should be, but still it is hard.  I wish I could keep them little and safe forever.


Speaking of babies, what happened to these two in such a short time?  It seems like only yesterday that they arrived here in my home.


Now they are full grown but still have a lot of puppy energy and might I add still love to eat my rugs.  This is a before photo because they went to the groomer on Saturday.  Bear can have longer hair but Hank gets mats in his hair and it easily starts to get dreadlocks.  So they are now much less fluffy but I am sure cooler in the Florida heat.


Here is the after photo with Mr 22, boy do they look skinny!


Before.


After with everyone changing and getting more mature.  My mother heart is full when they are all together.


And a special shout out to dear friend Kathy B who made this incredible elevator game for Little Buddy last week.  It arrived on Saturday and we played it many, many times.  Mr. 22 joined in and got sent back over and over.  Little Buddy laughed each and every time his brother had to go back to the ground floor or down the fire escape.

Tomorrow is a special day as well.  It is Little Buddy's official adoption anniversary.  He has been officially in our family for five years, but it seems like he has always been a part of us.  Thank you for sharing in his journey my friends.  Have a great week.

33 comments:

Vera said...

Happiest Birthday Wishes to Little Buddy!!

Nance said...

EIGHT!? It seems impossible. Yet, it's true. And the pictures certainly tell their story. What a houseful of handsome men you have. Enjoy this important week.
(And bravo to kathy b for such a terrific and thoughtful gift!)

kathy b said...

I love the photo of Lil B with his 8!!!! I had no idea his birthday was now. Im so glad he likes the Elevator game! Poor Mr. 22!
Thank you for sharing your family with u s. You Inspire us in so many ways Meredith!
I'll take the cake piece with the most frosting THANKS!

Dee said...

Happy Birthday, Little Buddy and happy Adoption Day too

Lilbitbrit said...

I think eight is a lovely age. I do remember it as a child and I remember my boy being eight and it is a happy time. A good age, if one can have a good age. Happy summer.

TheAwakenedSoul said...

They all look so beautiful and happy together. It seems like it was meant to be.

CJ said...

Happy birthday little man, I hope he's having a wonderful day. And no, I cannot believe he is eight, honestly, where does the time go. The top picture is wonderful, so is the one in the pool with his brothers. You're a top mom Meredith, raising them so well. I know what you mean about the bittersweetness of all the growing up though. My baby has less than three weeks left at little school and then he'll be in with the Big Boys. Sigh. CJ xx

Araignee said...

All those beautiful boys!!!! You've got so much to celebrate!

mamasmercantile said...

Such a wonderful celebration, a Birthday and a special adoption day. You are truly blessed with three very handsome young men and your fur babies are a delight too.

Caffeine Girl said...

Happy birthday to LB and kudos to Kathy B. She is so clever and generous!
Some day you are going to have three MEN! Can you believe that?
The growing away part is hard. Rachel is home for a few days, which has been wonderful. She leaves tomorrow, and I could cry just thinking about it.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

That's a handsome group of guys you have in your life (puppers included)
Happy birthday to Little Buddy!

Bridget said...

Happy Birthday to a brand new 8 year old!

Betsy said...

I love this post. I remember the day you adopted your little guy. What wonderful memories and I can't believe it's been that long. How lucky you are to still have your boys so close, no matter their ages.
Way to go Kathy on making such a cool game. I'm so impressed. It's looks like Mr. 22 is too!
And finally, a HaPpY, HaPpY BiRtHdAy to one of the cutest 8 year olds I've ever known! I hope it is a fantastic day full of surprises and lots of cake.
Blessings,
Betsy

Hooks and Needles said...

Happy Birthday little Buddy, and for adoption day too. Enjoy all your celebrations! Cx

Anonymous said...

Wishing you a day of fun and a year of joy and blessings.Enjoy your special day.
HAPPY 8th BIRTHDAY LITTLE BUDDY
Marilyn

Toni said...

Happy birthday!!!

Melanie said...

Happy birthday to Little Buddy! I can't believe he's 8 years old already. ALL your boys are so, so handsome. You are very blessed.

xoxo
Melanie

DelightedHands said...

What an amazing little boy and a pivotal birthday! Beauty abounds in your household!

Gracie Saylor said...

🎶Happy Birthday, Little Buddy🎶 and Happy Adoption Day as well!! I am glad you are having an ongoing celebration! Life is precious and it is such a privilege to share it with those we love, isn't it? Thanks for sharing your life, with us, Meredith. I am typing you my love from Portland, Oregon. Please give Bear and Hank some love pats from me. xxxxxxx

Teresa Kasner said...

*H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* to your darling young man.. he looked very mature and grown up in that first photo!! I loved all the pictures of your 3 handsome young men. And of course your furry boys, too. I'm so glad to follow along with you as your guys grow. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Neighborhood Watch said...

I cannot believe your little boy is 8! I thought I just read that he was 7! Where does the time go? I know exactly how you feel about wishing your boys were little and safe still. There is nothing like the peace of laying in bed at night and knowing that your kids are home asleep in their beds. This having children who are mostly grown/grown? state of life is very hard on Moms, isn't it?

Jo said...

Awww, happy birthday Little Buddy. He seems to be growing up so fast, it's bitter sweet when we see our little ones change so fast before our eyes. Such a lovely photo of all three of your boys together, you must be a proud mum. Happy adoption day too.

bittenbyknittin said...

Eight is great! They do grow so fast - little boys one day, grown men the next. Bittersweet.

The Well Fed Wheel said...

Happy Birthday to your getting bigger everyday Buddy! He's growing into a very handsome you man just like his big brothers!

tammy j said...

HOLY MOLEY! you have some gorgeous guys in your household. and such hearts.
and your handsome husband as well. and the puppies. the carpet chewers! LOL!
Little Buddy is amazing. the eyes and those black lashes. oh good grief.
I always read every post and every comment.
and why this one brought tears to my eyes I have no idea. except they all just grow up too fast. sending you love and my total admiration from the middle of the country. you're just the best darling bean! XOXO

gaia said...

We wish Little BUddy a happy birthday!

rennedefinlande said...

Happy bithday Buddy, Bon anniversaire from France.

Christina said...

Eight! How did this happen so fast, he was only just a toddler. Happy Birthday to this sweet young man. An elevator games sounds like a perfect present for this little one. x

Karen said...

Happiest of birthday wishes to LB! He looks so grown up, especially in the first picture. Bittersweet, for sure.

karen said...

Happy birthday to little Buddy and how he has enriched your motherly heart. Kids grow up so very fast...

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Oh my goodness! How time flies. Little Buddy looks so grown up in that photo with his brothers in the pool. Happy 8th, happy birthday to Uncle Don, happy furbabies getting summer haircuts :) and happy adoptiversary!

Babajeza said...

Marvelour idea to creat an elevater game!!!! :-) I wish you all many happy hours with it. Happy birthday. Regula

Eileen said...

Happy Birthday Little Buddy!