Friday Photo Flashback - Happy Birthday Aiden!

Friday, April 2, 2010

This picture is of my oldest son, Aiden, when he was about 18 months old. He was playing in the rain with our Great Dane, Max, who was his shadow for about 5 years. The edges of the pic are oddly trimmed because it traveled with my husband in his wallet overseas. I have always loved this photo and now keep it on our fridge.

Today's Flashback is dedicated to my oldest son, who turns 8 today. Yep, he managed to escape an April Fool's birthday by just 2 hours. I can't believe it's been 8 years since he was born. So much has changed since then.
I am so proud of his accomplishments and love that I am home with him to share these moments. What a priceless gift. He'll still take a hug or cuddle now and then. And, he likes to be close to us and in the middle of whatever the family is doing. But I know the days are coming when he'll separate from us more and more in an effort to gain his independence. He'll run off to show his friends his new creations and stunts, rather than share them with me. He'll be busy with activities and sleep overs and *gasp* girlfriends! So, I'm taking these moments as they come, and savoring each bittersweet milestone.
I love you Aiden. You are such a strong, smart and creative young man. I cherish our days together. I love to see your fabulous Lego inventions. Though my heart sometimes skips a beat when you jump your bike or go barreling over ramps pulling stunts, I do admire your courage and determination. My heart fills with joy when I hear your great belly laughs and it totally melts when I see your compassion for other kids and your kindness and care for animals. You are a spirited, energetic, passionate soul and I love you more than you could possibly know. Happy Birthday!
For more Friday Photo Flashback visit Alicia at More Than Words. She has an amazing collection of old photos and it's fun to bloghop and reminisce with everyone over years past. 
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blueviolet said...

Happy Birthday to your precious 8 year old son!

I too love that great dane photo!

Shana said...

Aww, happy birthday! Love the pictures.

Crystal said...

Happy Birthday!!

Joy Taylor said...

I just love Great Danes!

Sari said...

Happy 8th birthday Aiden! Hope your day is filled with lots of fun and smiles :)

Holy smokes Melissa, your doggie looks more like a horsey! We almost adopted a Great Dane last week actually...!

Great pictures.

Wishing you all a Blessed and peaceful Easter.

Erin said...

Happy Birthday! What a cute boy...hope his birthday is filled with fun and joy!

Janice said...

Happy Birthday Aiden. The photo with the Great Dane is very striking.

Alicia said...

Wow! Look at that dog!!!! He looks humongous next to your baby!!

And, Happy Birthday, Aiden!!!!!!!!!! He is a cutie!! I love what you wrote about him.

Veronica Lee said...

Happy Birthday to your cute little boy!

The Simple Gourmand said...

That brought a tear to his auntie's eye!

I love you, Aiden! Happiest of Birthdays to you!!

Julia said...

Happy Birthday! That is a great photo! We had a Great Dane as well. They are such gentle dogs. :)

Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

My Evan turned 8 on April Fool's Day! He loves it. It snowed on the day he was born and he claims that THAT was his first joke on us all. :)

Happy Birthday to Aiden! Hope this is a great year!

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