My oldest fella entered the official teenage world in September. He has been waiting a long time for this crowing moment! I found myself to be pretty calm, not so teary eyed and really was able to just sit back and enjoy watching and being with him.
I am a bit of a recovering over the top thematic birthday party mama starting from when the boys were babies. As they have gotten older I have found that I still need to operate within some sort of theme but not get so overwhelmed by it.
As I was thinking of what kind of wood birthday candle holder my 13 year old was to have on his cake I sat back and thought about this person he is growing into. He is my trumpet player, my book lover, my creative builder, by soccer player, my science lover. So it was a simple combination of OMG and the periodic table of elements that I had seen some funny images of online. I tweaked the numbers a bit to match his age and birthday. I don't think he was nearly as tickled as I was.
Otherwise we enjoyed taking him and his buds to play laser tag and then a quick trip to ride roller coasters the next day.
OMG he may be a teenager but he still likes his birthday traditions that we do. The boys wake up to a golden dollar path leading to a simple little candle to blow out and song from us first thing in the morning. And he did not mind the extra kisses and photos mom wanted to do on his birthday either.
Teenager, yep I think I can get use to this!