The "About Me" paragraph now reads that I am the mother of an awesome 15 year old daughter, Katie. Today is my sweetie baby's birthday (Woop!). She is now old enough to get her driver's permit (YIKES!).
Katie is a super great child, and it makes me happy that I can say that about a teenager! I never had a good relationship with my mom; my sister and niece (now 21) have been going at it since she turned about 13. So I am very, very pleased and feel very, very blessed that Katie and I are tight. In honor of Miss Katie, I thought I would show off her cuteness.
I've posted this one before. It was taken 15 years ago tomorrow:
Coming Home - June 7, 1994
Arguably the BEST Katie-Mommy pic evah:
Katie (age 3 years, 1 day) & Mommy at Disney World - 1997
Another one from the same trip:
Sean (nephew, age 7), Katie (age 3) and Lauren (niece, age 9)
To see how time flies in the blink of an eye, here is a relatively recent one of the three of them:
Katie (age 14), Sean (age 19), and Lauren (age 21) - Christmas 2008
This was my 21st birthday. We were out for a WILD night at TGI Friday's (or maybe it wasn't so wild, actually!):
Katie (age 3), Mommy & a friend - 1997
I love this next picture because she was so little! She doesn't wear her hair in pigtails anymore and she doesn't hug me like this when walking through museums:
Katie (age 8) and Mommy at the Museum of Science and Industry - 2003
Just 4 years ago she still looked mostly like a little girly:
Katie (age 11) and Mommy - 2005
One, that's right ONE year later, she looked like this:
Katie and her friend, Grace (age 12)
Can you imagine having legs like that at TWELVE!?!?! Maybe you all did, but I didn't. Weird.
And here is a present-day montage she made honoring her new great love, Mr. Spock (in case you're not a nerd, LL&P stands for Live Long and Prosper):
Clockwise from top, left: New Spock, Grace, Old Spock, and Katie
I never thought Katie would be this old before I had another baby. And that's thinking positively. Alternatively, I never thought my baby-having days would be over at 17. Life is awfully unpredictable, huh? No matter what life hands me, one thing will always be true: I am wonderfully blessed and happy to be Katie's mom.
Happy Birthday, Katie! Live Long and Prosper!