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25 May 2010 @ 11:15 am
Happy Birthday, Ethan Conrad!  
He's 10, today. Good grief. He's growing up too fast. I think I'm going to try sitting on him.

May 25, 2000, at 6:36 p.m., I became a mom.  And my life changed forever.

July, 2000  I love that hair.  Someone said that he looked like Ernie from Sesame Street.

May 23, 2010

Easter 2010

I just got home from the Elementary School awards assembly.  Is there an award for sitting through both ceremonies? 

Just kidding. 


Both boys got an Honor Roll award, and Accelerated Reader awards.   And various other an sundry things that may or may not deserve a certificate of recognition.  These ceremonies...  I know they're to recognize achievement, but I'm not so certain that mediocrity deserves celebration.  And some of the parents dressed to the nines, as if they were receiving an award instead of their grade schooler.  I'm proud of my boys, certainly, but I'm proud of their character, the manners, their sense of humor and the way they handle themselves in day to day life.  And there really isn't an award for that.

That said, have a picture or two, anyway.

Aaron James

Ethan Conrad.  Happy Birthday, buddy.  Love you LOTS.
I am:: at the bar
I feel:: busybusy
Elle Blessingway: Happy Birthday!elle_blessing on May 25th, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
When I was younger, I got an award on my soccer team for Most Yellow Cards >.>

Yes, I think the whole celebration of mediocrity is ... ridiculous. It encourages people to settle for mediocrity.

Also, HAPPY BIRTHDAY ETHAN!!! WOo! I wish him many, many, many more!!

stardust_20: Castle - Beckett happystardust_20 on May 25th, 2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday Ethan! Wow, they do grow up so fast. My middle one just turned 7 last week. Good grief, where did those 7 years go?

I'm with you on the mediocrity thing. And definitely on the personal character more than academic achievement. Don't get me wrong, being intelligent and working hard to get good grades in school is very important but without good character, manners and an ability to roll with whatever life sends your way, what does that really matter?

Your boys are awesome because they have an awesome mom.
Sylviaticklethepear on May 25th, 2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
Adorable - all of you!
O Demanding One: Birthday: Fireworksheyurs on May 25th, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC)

hehe! Sit on him fer sher! At least until you can't catch him anymore! HAHAHA! ♥

I think he looks just like you, Carrie. He's a lovely boy. :)

That 2000 hair is the BEST! :D


seegrim: twirlseegrim on May 25th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
Aw, Carrie! Seriously, where has the time gone?? I've only been in your life for what, three years? It's amazing to me how much he's grown in that short of time. He's gorgeous and you are one of THE very best mothers I know.

I just adore the picture of you and him. It's plain to see the love there and it makes my heart happy. And you're beautiful, my friend.
The Mellifluous Leaper 182: Hamster - Badassleaper182 on May 25th, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
What's even better is that he was born on Towel Day. :D
deedsk_tx on May 25th, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday Ethan Conrad!!! I remember when that little fella was born...I was so proud of you!! Where has 10 years gone?

For the record........I believe we Kumpels started calling him Ernie, because the first picture you sent us of him he had dark black hair that stuck straight up! Then you send me a picture of this cute little blond baby and I asked "what did you do with Ernie?" :)

You are so timely in your post today! I went to Josh's 1st grade awards during lunch and felt the exact same way. They praised every child with a certificate for showing up, reading, attending field day and eating lunch! Maybe it wasn't that extreme, but it was about everyone going home with a warm fuzzy- not a true achievement of what they actually accomplished. Let's get real....Josh should have received an award for Most Talkative,Most Entertaining or even Most Tickets Lost in a Single Day for Bad Behavior!! ha-ha

I too am proud of my very social, extremely bright child that has great manners, makes everyone smile and enjoys everyday to the fullest!! That is a true accomplishment!
Jessica K Malfoy: food: cupcake frostingjessicakmalfoy on May 25th, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC)
cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute! i love his hair in the second one too.

happy birthday to him!
Kate: Birthday:  Presentsmugglechump on May 26th, 2010 02:50 am (UTC)
Happy birthday, Ethan!
Mala13oct on May 30th, 2010 10:34 am (UTC)
I love the picts! And his hair in the second pict. MY son's hair is like that pretty much all the time because we buzz cut it. *grins*

Belated Happy Birthday Ethan! I hope you have many, many more happy birthdays ahead of you.