Letter to My Son – Happy 10th Birthday!

by Cate on August 2, 2012

Birthday Breakfast Tower

I don’t think we could have celebrated Nick’s birthday more than we did today. It started with a munchkin birthday tower at home.

First Candle

Breakfast Blow 1

Breakfast Blow 3

Followed by cupcakes with his fellow summer campers later this morning.

Camp cupcakes

Followed by take-out lunch from Panera (his choice).

Followed by a stop at a local ice cream store.

Followed by dinner at The Melting Pot with his Dad, Madeline, and I (again, his choice).

Birthday dinner

Birthday Dinner dessert

Birthday Blow 2

Followed by birthday cake at home tonight with friends.

Birthday Blow 4


I wanted him to feel celebrated on his special day, and I do believe we were successful. He said this birthday was awesome, and he was surrounded with friends and family all day. What could be more perfect?

Dear Nick:

I look back over this last year and am amazed by how much you’ve changed.

Grown up.

We’re getting sneak peaks at the young man you’re going to be, and I couldn’t be more proud. You are sweet, polite, warm, and friendly. Your smile is big and it lights up your whole face. You are thoughtful and considerate, and are a great big brother to your sister. Even though you guys sometimes bicker, you look out for her and protect her like no other.

This upcoming year is a big year for you, the last one in your school. You’ll have new challenges, and will be closing out old chapters and starting new ones. You’ve made some wonderful new friends in the past year, and continued strengthening friendships from last year.

You have continued with soccer, making this your 6th year of playing, and have become a bit of a maniac on the field. In the very best possible way.

You discovered new fondness for Math and Science, subjects you once hated, and have your sights set on being a doctor. Or in the Secret Service. Depending on the day.

You have a quiet heart, are very observant, and are cautious about letting people in. You are very protective of those you love the most, and although that is a challenge sometimes, that makes those that you guard very lucky.

You are one of my biggest cheerleaders, and I am forever grateful. You made me a Mom, and I’m so happy to have you by my side in our journey. We love you! xoxo

LIKES: soccer, Dragonvale, Mancala, art, adventures, Science and Math, swimming, dessert, road trips, Cupcake Wars, and Restaurant: Impossible

DISLIKES: early bedtimes, chores, surprises

Please join me in wishing Nick a happy 10th birthday!

A look back…

When he turned nine …

When he turned eight

When he turned seven

When he turned six

When he turned five

When he turned four

When he turned three

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Cathy August 2, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Double digits!!! Happy Birthday Nick!!


Beth August 3, 2012 at 7:02 am

Happy birthday, Nick! Xo


Christy August 3, 2012 at 8:54 am

Happy Birthday Nick! It looks like you had such a great day full of desserts! Best of luck this year in school and soccer. Dream Big!


Cindy August 3, 2012 at 9:04 am

Happy Birthday, Nick!


Kris #40 August 3, 2012 at 9:13 am

Happy Birthday Nick! Sounds like you had a great day!


Mandi August 3, 2012 at 9:50 am

Happy 10th Birthday all the way from Australia, Nick. I’ve been reading your mum’s (sorry! mom’s) blog since you were younger than Madeleine and have loved reading about you and seeing you grow up in the photos that are posted. It sounds like you’ve had a fantastic day filled with celebrations and lots of love – and lots of cake! I hope you enjoyed every single minute of it.
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Kavs August 3, 2012 at 10:21 am

Cate! I’m getting all teary eyed – I have been reading your blog when Nick was Nicholas and just a little baby! He has grown into such a handsome young man…all the best to Nick for his new adventures!


Joanne August 3, 2012 at 11:21 am

Happy birthday Nick! Now that I’ve spent some time with Nick in person, I have to say he really is the amazing little man you describe him as. Such a great kid.
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MariaV August 3, 2012 at 11:34 am

Happy Birthday, Nick!


Ramona August 3, 2012 at 1:07 pm

truly awesome birthday for him


Christa the BabbyMama August 3, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Very cool! We had our rehearsal dinner at a Melting Pot location. Everyone loved it and they were so nice about our big rowdy group!
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Meg August 3, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Happy birthday, Nick! Hope every year gets better and better.
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Jenn August 3, 2012 at 7:55 pm

I rarely comment (like almost never), but wanted to wish Nick a very Happy Birthday!


Patrizia August 3, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Happy Birthday!!!


Michelle August 3, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Happy birthday Nick!


Sister in-law August 4, 2012 at 10:03 am

Happy Birthday Nick!!! Lots of Love from Titi & Carlos


Paula Ann August 4, 2012 at 11:07 am

Happy 10th Birthday, Nick, from the Sunflower State!! It looks like you celebrated in style!


Sarah Caron August 6, 2012 at 8:58 am

Happy belated birthday to Nick! You know, Mancala is one of Will and Paige’s favorite games to play … will have to remember that next time we get together!


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