Just like that – in a blink – I closed-opened my eyes, and he’s fourteen.

he's fourteenWith gifts wrapped festively in Christmas wrap, a friend sleeping over, and his favorite dinner recipe freshly prepared, we rang in his fourteenth birthday beside the Christmas lights twinkling reflections onto the table.

kentucky hot brownsI went dessert crazy, preparing way too much in my excitement.

chocolate chip cookiesrice krispie treatsHis birthday cake choice – ice cream!

ice cream birthday cakeI wish I knew what he wished for.

blowing out the birthday candlesYou’re never too old to have cake on your face.

birthday cake faceHappy fourteenth birthday to my first born dude.