To be seventeen….

Not again, the first time.  To be seventeen the first time is a wondrous thing.

It’s not that gooey overhyped age, SIXTEEN.  Nope, it’s a step forward and beyond to a whole new zone: SEVENTEEN.  Heck, in some ways its such an inbetweener age….but it can’t be ONLY a marginal one can it?  I grew up with Seventeen Magazine (Yes, once again, I’ve just dated myself.  Still).  Seventeen is such an age of…promise.

And my Hannah, it’s her age, today!

Hannah at Scripps, college visit

Yup, my Hannahbanana is 17!

Nope, I can’t believe it!

But, then again, as ever, I can.

Because she is a very different girl from the 16, much less the 15, year old we’ve watched the past few years.  Seventeen is a blooming, not of that fresh beauty – she’s had that!  But of promise.  Seventeen is the age when a lot of that INNER beauty starts to shine forth, the real stuff, the deep beauty.  Seventeen is an age that harbors hopes and dreams and instead of seeing them SO very far off in the distance, too far to touch or feel like they are possible….those dreams are right close.  Those dreams are possibilities.  Those ideas and hopes are just, almost, within reach.  They only need some focus to clear them and strength and determination to meet them.  They need hard work and faith in yourself and the willingness to go get ’em…or fall down trying.  Which is ok too.

Seventeen is when I see my sweet firstborn girl start “owning” the who of her.  She is standing strong now about who she is and what she’s about.  She has ideas of changing the world, maybe a little bit at a time. But I tell ya, she’s got some big plans and I’m cheering her on along the way.  I hope she can, the world will be a better place, our education system needs enthusiastic young folks like her to set it on fire.

She’s got plans for college and beyond.  She’s dreaming big and working hard to finish high school strong and be able to step forward to her next adventure.  She was always, always, stubborn and determined.  NOw, finally, we are starting to see her embrace the confidence to become the Her of herself.  Seventeen, it’s all about the promise that this newly confident and able young person can see…..and, it’s beautiful.

My baby girl is seventeen.  So tonight we’ve got plans for her birthday party with bestie buddies and her traditional birthday…..fondue!  She’s not a cake gal, she’s a fondue gal.  Of course!

We love  you, our Hannah.  

Seventy times seventeen….

We are so proud of you and so happy for your birthday!

Fabulous Fifteen!

Happy Happy Birthday to our Marta Therese!

She is now a fantastic Fifteen years old

And here are fifteen things about our girl:

  1. She is now a helper for the girls basketball team!
  2. She is a big sports fan.
  3. She is gifted at working with the elderly.
  4. She loves her some boots!
  5. She is fashion crazy.
  6. Shopping is a favorite event.
  7. As is going to the movies.
  8. She’s crazy for country music.
  9. And, always and ever: pasta
  10. Her newest friend is Father James
  11. She adores her older brothers
  12. and her bulldog puppy.
  13. Her braces are off!
  14. and so she is chewing a LOT of gum!
  15. And, she has “magic hair.”
We are so proud of you and hope all your birthday dreams come true!
We love you!
And yes, I’m making your Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake!
Because it’s your birthday, and you LOVE LOVE cake!
Happy 15th Birthday, our Marti!

Sweet Sixteen

Oh what a day it is!

Our sweet Hannah Banana turns sixteen today!!

Yup, you read that right…she’s gonna be a driver!

I know, I can’t believe it myself.  See her up there? Those are her new wheels…..cute huh?

Ok, so she doesn’t get new wheels after all.

But she will get her license (today or in a few, depending on homework particulars, of course) and she actually is a pretty good driver…and she’d better be.

So, instead of the  usual long winded birthday post, I’ll just let you all marvel at the fact that my sweet beautiful first daughter is now, already, a sweet sixteen  year old.  I’m all kind of astounded by it myself.  A little nervous.

 But, even more, so very proud of her and who she is becoming: a beautiful capable talented amazing young woman who is prepping to go grab some shooting stars.  And she’s got just what it takes to do it.

Happy Happy Sweet Sixteenth Birthday Hannahboo!  


We love you so much and are so very proud of you!

I hope all your birthday dreams come true!