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Someone is 15 today. He is one of my best friends and he is hero-worshipped by my two youngest kids. He gives fantastic Christmas presents and he needs Diet Coke to wake up in the morning. He loves Converse and Wicked. He knows all of the words to the Wicked cast recording and doesn’t mind when his Mom sings along, even though she has a dreadful voice. He watches Friends and Buffy when he’s bored. He still goes to family dinner ever Sunday and doesn’t ever complain about it. He prefers cheesecake to any other food in the world and would like someone to hurry and make one that has zero calories and fat grams so that he could finally live his dream of eating it for every meal of every day FOREVER. He’s an avid reader, although his affection for cheesy fiction rivals my own. He doesn’t get too embarrassed by his Mom when she is caught squealing at a midnight Harry Potter book release. He actually enjoys chasing his brother and sister around the house. He gets good grades even with crazy rehearsal schedules. He tolerates having a Mom who sometimes can’t be trusted to pick him up after a party because she sometimes falls asleep at 8pm. And kids these days tend to make their parties last longer than that. He knows when his Mom has had a bad day and often offers to watch the kids so she can relax in the bath. He is truly, and amazing teenager who wows the people who love him every day with his humor, his maturity, his kindness, and his love of his brother and sister. He deserves the best birthday ever.



Happy Birthday, LilZ. I love you.

32 thoughts on “15.”

  1. Hey LilZ

    Happy Birthday!!!!

    MissZoot: my cousin turned 16 on Sunday, I feel old – I remember holding her when she was a day old (I was 8) – now I have to practically jump on her for a hug lol.

    I’m 24 in April I think my Mum feel ancient lol.

  2. I have been reading your blog for so long I feel like I know your kid. He indeed is an awesome kid. You are very lucky – but at the same time, clearly he is a reflection of you! I hope to someday have such awesome kids.

  3. Happy Birthday LilZ! You are an awesome teen, growing into a wonderful young man. Congratulations, Zoot, for raising such a great person!

  4. Happy Birthday Big Lil Z! I sincerely look to you as a hopeful indication of what my oldest son will be like as a teenager with his younger siblings. You rock and give teens a good name πŸ™‚

  5. What a special young man! You are a lucky momma.

    Happy birthday to LilZ and happy momma day to you Zoot!

  6. Happy Birthdfay “LilZ”. I hope my kid turns out to be half as awesome as you πŸ™‚ for realz.

  7. Happy Birthday to LilZ & to LilZ’s Mama! (Because birthdays are sorta about the Mom. Which I didn’t know until I was a Mom.)

    My oldest turns 15 on Sunday and um, yeah. Not really okay with me.

  8. you ALWAYS were blessed with him…and still are. happy bday to the most awesome boy teenager i know.

  9. I have been out of your blog loop for since you were pregnant with your last. So happy to find it again. What an awesome mom you are to have a teenager like that! πŸ™‚

  10. Belated Happy Birthday, LilZ – even though you’re not so little anymore!

    Zoot – you are so lucky and blessed! If only all sons/kids were like him. Maybe you should raise everyone’s kids so they turn out like LilZ πŸ˜‰

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