Not my Dad.
The gentleman standing with his arm around my kiddo is…
Captain James Lovell
Captain of the infamous Apollo 13 mission!

After many weeks of planning with Captain Lovell’s secretary we finally pulled it off and Aidan got to meet the one hero he has ever expressed a desire to meet!  It was so awesome… I mean… as a Momma to see his face.  
We all cried.

We went to Lovell’s restaurant in Lake Forest, Illinois and told Aidan there was some NASA memorabilia there (other wise he would have wondered why we were dragging him to some place he had never heard of… and fancy at that for his birthday).
We got seated and Captain Lovell’s secretary came to the table to confirm I was (the stalker) Mom she had been talking with the last few weeks and within five minutes here comes Jim Lovell around the corner to wish my son a Happy Birthday.

When he introduced himself Aidan was so perplexed!  He said, “Hey…. what are YOU doing here?!”

Oh my gosh… it was so awesome!

A SPECIAL thanks to Julie who laid the groundwork (as family friends of the Lovells), Susan, Mom, and Ms. Weeks for helping me pull this off!!!
Aidan will NEVER forget it!

Two days later was the REAL birthday – Lego City/Lego Star Wars style.
Aidan and I collaborated on the cake and we loved the way it came out.  I REALLY enjoy duplicating fonts… hmmm… I still haven’t showed you the “I Love Lucy” font I did on a cake a few weeks ago… note to self…

Family traditions – the chocolate cake my Mom began making when I was 13… with my own dark chocolate spin of course.

This was my first “kid party”.  I just didn’t want it to be a dud and truth be told, I got a little intimidated by some of the Lego parties I saw on Pinterest. 

Stylin’ Momma’s hugh?!

Aidan went on and on… said it was the BEST party EVER!
I sobbed like a baby when I tucked him in that night.
How in the world has seven years gone by?

The most beautiful, painful thing in the world.

I love you so much Aidan.
Words are a failure.