Thursday, June 9, 2011

"Your Smiling Face" - James Taylor


Whenever I see "your smiling face"
I have to smile myself
Because I love you (Yes, I do).

Happy Birthday to you my Peanut.

11.

E l e v e n .

Where has the time gone? [I know.  I know.  stunting growth is not recommended]

Peanut.

you. are. my. girl.
you. are. my. favorite.

you are my go to stylist.
My dance teacher.  Yes, thanks to you - I can do a mean robot and a wicked sprinkler.

You are the world's best hugger.

And you know I'm a hugger.

I love to hear you sing, "On My Father's Wings" when we are in the car on a family road trip.  It makes my heart melt [and it makes your Dad drive slower as he fights back the tears.]

You are sensitive [you can thank me later].  You are tender.  You are thoughtful.  You never treat others unkindly.  Never.

When you are in your room with your friends. . . .

I. hear.

I hear things that are being said.  I am and have always been proud of the way you speak to others, treat others, think of others & make others feel comfortable.

I'm proud of the way you speak up for yourself and your beliefs.  You speak up for me.  You are always looking out for your family.

Look how far we've all come this year, nutty!  I'd say . . . . pretty. freaking. far.

and

pretty. f r e a k i n g . amazing.

2011 - will hold many "awesomeness" moments for you and for us as a family.

and. guess. what . . . . ? ? ? . . . .

we've. freaking. got. this.

I love you with all my heart.
To the moon and back . . . . and back.

Love,

your "crazy" Mom.

65 comments:

Jamoosh said...

James Taylor - the man who can make any song a sad song.

Oh, and Happy Birthday to the little Nutter Butter!

Matty O said...

You got the "crazy mom" part right ;)

Happy B-Day PEANUT!!!!!!!

Rene' said...

ohhh....that was so nice! Happy Birthday Peanut! My "peanut" turns 11 in July. They just get to big to fast.

LB said...

OMGGGGG.....tears.....thanks!!!! dont remind me that my little girl will be 11 (and 33, and 56, one day!)

happy birthday peanut!!!!

RunningLaur said...

it's crazy how much she looks like herself in her baby picture. (does that make sense? ha.) happy b day, Peanut!

One Crazy Penguin said...

Happy birthday to the not so little peanut!

This post almost had me in tears. I love seeing mother and daughter relationships like this. Truly amazing. I hope that in the future I can be the mother you are and have a daughter just as awesome as your little ball of energy!

SupermomE12 said...

Love it! She is beautiful and seems like a very happy and super awesome kid. Great job Mom!!! Happy Birthday Peanut (cha cha cha) from the Henderson 12. :)

Hugs,
E

Julia said...

Oh I just love this! What a beautiful post in honor of her birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY PEANUT! Hope you all enjoy celebrating together :)

Angie Bee said...

Happy Birthday dear Peanut!! May the cake rock your socks and your candle wish come true :)

Evolving Through Running said...

What a great post. Happy birthday Peanut!

I suspect if she were to write a letter to you on your birthday it would read a lot like this one. Mom and dad have done a great job.

Patrick Mahoney said...

Gonna admit it, I got a little teary. Then I did some push-ups and recovered.

Happy birthday to Peanut!

Mandi with an "i" said...

You are an awesome Mother. Seriously.

Thanks for sharing Emz... and HAPPY BIRTHDAY the Peanut :)

Stacey (aka UltraPrincess) said...

Happy Birthday Peanut... you've got a great mom!!!

Rachelle Wardle said...

Happy Birthday to your peanut! Love this tribute. Your daughter is absolutely gorgeous!

Jen said...

"To the moon and back"....ah, makes me suck in my breath a little deeper. I love that book.
Happy birthday to your Peanut! She's a pretty great girl because she's got a pretty great mom!

Tri-Living...Together said...

love, love JT!!!!!!! Happy birthday to Peanut!

Marlene said...

Happy Birthday Peanut!!!

Dash said...

Happy Birthday Peanut! May your day be glorious!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

So touching. Love it. Happy Birthday Peanut!

bobbi said...

happy happy birthday Peanut!

Kovas said...

Happy birthday Peanut!

Christi said...

Happy Birthday Peanut!

Karine said...

Great job! You are raising a beautiful, sensitive, loving, dear daughter. This girl knows who she is and stands strong! Can't wait to help you celebrate.

Nelly said...

great post - happy bday Peanut!

And your Run EMZ shirt was a huge hit at the SD expo, check out my blog for full details, haha

Candice @ I Have Run said...

Happy Birthday to your girl!

The perfect post.

Allison said...

Happy Birthday Peanut! What a beautiful post!

Jen said...

This made me soooo happy. Beautiful.

Kelly Leigh said...

Aww happy birthday peanut!

Is it creepy that I remember when I started following you it was because of a peanut post where some boy had written her a love letter and called her a lego girl or something similar? Also I think she was 9 then. that is kinda crazy!

Silly Girl Running said...

Happy B-day to your little one! :) She takes after her mom. Just sayin. ;)

Your to the moon and back...and back comment made me tear up...again. Yep...your posts turn me into an emotional nut. ;)

Caroline said...

Dear Peanut, Happy birthday! Bonne Fete! June baby are the bestest like my son Will would say. Guess when his bday is...give you a hint starts with J....
Of course you are one awesome little girl,well at 11 we dont say little right...ok one awesome gal..look at who your mom is. You lucked out in the mommy department I hope you know that. All the best to you! 11 ..I hope it is a good one for you. At 11 Luke in 6th grade broke my heart. Stay away from boys named Luke.
:)

Jennifer Cotter said...

This brought tears to my eyes. Happy happy birthday to your beautiful daughter.

racing dawn said...

Happy Birthday to my favorite girl today!

Save me a gummy bear please.

And beautiful letter to ur girl. Who needs hallmark cards when u can write like that!

Have fun today!!!

Julie said...

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. You have what sounds like an amazing child...and I know where she gets it from :-)

Michelle said...

Pure sweetness! Tears are flowing! Love the huggy picture by the pool - adorable! Happy Birthday, Peanut!

Cari Mugz said...

I REALLY LOVE posts like these. They are my FAV - o rite. Kiss here every single day... before you know it, she will be graduating...

jymmebe said...

So sweet! A perfect tribute! Ly!

XLMIC said...

Such sweetness :)

I LOVE that 'hug' picture. This totally got me choked up…watching our kids grow up is so bittersweet…

Happy birthday to Miss Peanut :)

Nelly said...

I really appreciate the comment!

Seaport Village is indeed a fun place to check out, just a great collection of paths and shops.

And I've realized that my parents are always right, even if I don't totally know it at the time =)

I think that I got the main point of the conversation that I had with the person at the expo, but I may have omitted some of it by accident. We talked for maybe 30 seconds to a minute or so. The girl that talked to me was with a group of 4 people I think, who knows, maybe you know them! haha

The fact that walking through a race expo someone recognized the shirt and struck up a conversation with me about it means that the 24 hour treadmill run meant a lot to people, and you really made a difference out there.

Melissa Cunningham said...

happy b-day to peanut!!!!
what a special/beautiful post!
guess its true that childeren learn what they live!!!....
so kudos to emz and pita for creating such a great learning environment!
*hugs* from the east coast!

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

aww! Happy Birthday Little Peanut!

Jason said...

Happy Birthday P-Nut

I wish we could all go back to eating the way we did when we were babies. That looks like so much fun.

Jason said...

Happy Birthday P-Nut

I wish we could all go back to eating the way we did when we were babies. That looks like so much fun.

Gina said...

that pic of you two hugging by the pool is precious. happy bday to your little girl!

Zaneta said...

Happy birthday to peanut!! :)
LOVED this post!! too precious! :D

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

Happy Birthday Peanut!!!!!!

Richelle said...

Beautiful post! Happy birthday, Peanut!

Char said...

What a lovely, made-me-smile post.

Happy Birthday Peanut!!

Caratunk Girl said...

Oh...so so sweet, what a wonderful post!

Happy Birthday Peanut!! You are such a rock star!

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Kleenex needs to sponsor you Em. Tears again. You and Peanut have a remarkable relationship.

HAPPY FREAKING ELEVENTH BDAY Peanut!!!!

Jill said...

Happy Birthday, Peanut!!!
You may not think so in a couple years, but you got the best mom EVER!

H Love said...

Happy Birthday Peanut! I love your mommy and how much she loves her peanut. Have a special day!!

Annie said...

Happy Birthday Peanut!

Jenn @ A Runner's Road said...

I just about cried cause I wrote a similar post on my blog for my daughter who turns 12 tomorrow!

Happy Birthday Peanut!!!

Ironman By Thirty said...

Happy Birthday Peanut!

Kevin and Kim Partridge said...

You need to have a disclaimer or a warning that tears may erupt. How much do I adore that darling daughter of yours? Well, it's a lot. And the picture of your family where it looks like a blessing picture, were you like sixteen when you had the little spunk. Happy happy day!!!

coach dion said...

Peanut, I hope you read all of these comments, because you have a lot of people in your corner whishing you the best. Have a great year, Happy birthday.

The Green Girl said...

Happy birthday to the one and only Peanut!

Stacie said...

Happy Birthday Peanut!!!!

What a great post. No wonder Peanut is so amazing, look at her Mom. An amazing example.

Petraruns said...

Love this post! And really think she should have met Sophia - Sophia is 11 on Monday. They seem SO similar! Love to you all - a good day was had?

Heather said...

This is such a sweet post. you must be so proud of your girl! I love all the photos, especially the hugging ones. happy birthday to your peanut!

Laurie said...

So, so, sweet... seriously teary eyed over here.

Happy Belated Birthday to your Peanut. Hope it was the most awesome birthday yet.

Anne said...

Now you made me cry.

CupcakeRunner said...

Aww this post brought tears to my eyes. So sweet, Peanut seems like the perfect little angel.

Happy Birthday Peanut!

Jeannie said...

Happy birthday to the peanut! They sure grow up fast! You sound like a very thoughtful and wonderful mom. :)

She said I need a goal said...

stop.making.me.cry.happy.tears

clearly I'm reading backwards.. I never said I was smart.. come on