Happy Birthday Nick.... and a few updates:)

January 18, 2010

Before I get on to the Birthday Wishes, I wanted to thank everyone that supported the first "Black and White Wedneday" by linking your own beautiful black and whites or by stopping by to leave such sweet comments to all those that posted. I was blown away with how many people took an interest and cannot wait to see what y'all have up your sleeves for this Wednesday!!

Secondly, my friend Colleen started a Recipe Monday and a Friday's Find on her blog. Click HERE to check out the details.

On Mondays you can post and then link your favorite recipes back to her. If you are anything like me, you are always on the lookout for new things to cook for your family....especially when you know they are tried and true by other bloggy friends. So stop by today to see what Colleen has in store for us.

We have been in full birthday mode around here this weekend. Unfortunately, I had a viral thing that hit me Thursday morning and I have not been 100%.... fever is gone, so are the aches, but my stomach is still feeling uneasy. Just enough to slow me down, but not put me totally out of commission......thankfully:)

Nick spent this past weekend with his Dad, so we decided to do our family celebration tonight. Nick is out of school for the holiday and he has midterms the rest of the week, so we figured this worked out for the best. My Mom and Dad are coming over for dinner, cake, and of course...... presents!! Next weekend, after midterms are over, he will have some friends over to celebrate.

Before the party starts tonight, Nick and I are going to spend some time in the kitchen. I took the easy route this year and ordered his birthday cake, but I promised him we would bake his favorite cupcakes so he could take them to school for his classmates and teachers.

Cupcakes WM
Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

We made these last year for Valentine's day.... for obvious reasons, we won't be using food coloring to dye the icing pink, but the recipe is the same.....and trust me, they are heaven on a plate!!

You can click HERE to get the recipe we followed for the chocolate cake, but we sustituted Cream Cheese Frosting for the Peanut Butter Icing. Here is all you will need:

1 package of 8 ounce cream cheese
1/4 stick of butter
2 tsps of milk
1 tsp of vanilla
4 cups of powdered sugar

Nick Up WM
Since we are going to be pretty busy all day today and tomorrow, when it is actually Nick's birthday..... I figured I would do his post a day early:) I don't have any new images of him, but wanted to share some of my personal favorites from this past summer.

Nick- Face Shot wm
"You don't raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they'll turn out to be heroes, even if it's just in your own eyes"~Author Unknown

Sunshine On A Cloudy Day WM
Nick, you are truly a one of kind child that melts my heart on a daily basis. You are so kind and compassionate to others and always know the right thing to say or do when a friend of loved one is in need.

I am in awe of the young man you have become..... I get sad at times to think of you as a baby and some of the special things that I did not get to do with you or missed out on becuase I was sick.

Your birthday is such a special day, but it is also a reminder of how and when my life changed. Your toddler years were some of the hardest times of my life....and I distinctly remember your Second birthday party and thinking it might be the last time I would celebrate a birthday with you. I did not know what my future held, but I knew that I would fight the good fight because I wanted to not only see your next birthday, I wanted to see you grow up. You and I struggled together those first few years, but I know that my love for you is what pulled me through.

I am so very proud of who you are and feel very thankful that I was given a second chance at life....so I can watch you live yours.

Happy 12th Birthday Nick!

I Love You,



Mimi said...

Happy 12th Birthday, Nick.

And Lisa, happy Nick's birthday to you too. You've left a beautiful tribute to him.
I'm glad too that you got a second chance at life.

fleur de lis cottage said...

Happy Birthday, Nick! I know your Mom cherishes every birthday with you. Enjoy your specail day, your cake and those yummy cupcakes!!

Jodee said...

Happy birthday to your handsome guy! You guys have been through soooo much together! Have a great time celebrating as a family tonight!

Those cupcakes look fabulous! I may have to see if Chef Daddy wants to whip some up for V-Day!

Hope you have a great week!

carolinagirl said...

Lisa, that brought tears to my eyes! Happy Birthday Nick! He is such a handsome young man. His eyes just draw you in.
The cupcakes look so delicious! Emma's birthday party is this weekend, and it is a Sweet Shoppe theme. Might have to try out that cream cheese frosting recipe!

Thanks so much for sharing.

Carolin said...

Happy birthday to your handsome son!

What a sweet tribute to your little guy, what a blessing! The love for our children, amazing. Have a blessed day Lisa.

Lilly said...

he is becoming a very nice looking young men. watch out mama for the "girls" in law :)

Have a very Happy Birthday Nick!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to your Nick! He looks, not only handsome, but very kind and wise in those pictures. I hope it's a wonderful birthday, and a wonderful year for him!

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

YUM! I remember these! I have booked marked the recipe!

Nick sounds like a pretty awesome boy and it sounds like you know it and celebrate that fact.

Happy Monday Lisa!


Keisha said...

Awl.. Happy Birthday to your sweet little man!! He's growing up ... Momma!! GESSSH!

& By the way.. I love anything that has 1 block of cream cheese and 4 CUPS OF POWERED SUGAR!!! YUM!!!!! ;)

Thanks for the recipe!

Pug Mama said...

Happy Birthday Nick - such a handsome young man!!!!!!!

Jo said...

Happy birthday Nick! He is such a handsome young man. They grow up too fast! Love the photos you took of him.

Enjoy every minute~
Hope you feel better so you can enjoy one of those yummy cupcakes.

Kim said...

Happy Birthday Nick...
You are one handsome young man..
Love the recipe ...
Have a wonderful week..

Robin said...

Happy Birthday Nick! What a super sweet post Lisa ... brought tears to my eyes! You never know what God has planned. You are a great fighter with such a beautiful spirit that has raise a very handsome young man.


Lori said...

Happy Birthday Nick!

What a super sweet post! His photos are gorgeous. What a handsome young man!

Chasing Dreams Photography said...

First of all Happy Birthday Nick!!! You are a stunning young man and I know that your mom is very proud of you!!! Have a wonderful Birthday celebration tonight!!
The recipe looks delicious!!! I am always searching for new cake/cupcake recipes...and I am a huge fan of cream cheese frosting!!! Can't wait to try this...your cupcakes look so beautiful!!!!
Thank you for participating Lisa : )

Lisa said...

Happy birthday handsome Nick!!!! What a beautiful post Lisa!! Enjoy your celebration this evening. Those cupcakes are to die for!!!! YUMMY! They look delicious! Have a great week my friend! : )

Wanda said...


You have me in tears here. You have such a rich and full heart and it is obvious that Nick shares that. What a lovely boy he is. You are so blessed and you can appreciate that so much more that you've been through the fire and, like you said, fought the good fight. Happy birthday to your son!

Your favorite pictures of Nick are just beautiful. So soft - his sweet spirit just comes through.

And I love the cupcakes. They are so purdy. I guess we need to add cherry juice for the pink now, heh.

Enjoy all the birthday celebrations and feel better soon!


Gail said...

Happy Birthday Nick! You have one very special mom and she has a very special son.

I see cream cheese as a recipe theme here...yum! Another recipe for me to copy and print. :)

Have fun celebrating this evening and Happy Monday too!

Robin said...

Isn't it something to watch our boys grow into young men. I hope Nick has a fantastic birthday and that yo are feeling better soon.


Tutus and Choo-Choos said...

Happy birthday Nick!!!

Those cupcakes look sooo good. I want to jump off the diet train and go whip up a batch!!!

Missy said...

What a precious post!!! Happy Birthday Nick!!!! He is such a handsome young man and I know is a treasure.
Thanks for the recipe...Paige and I will have to try those for sure :) Have fun baking with your sweet guy!

M3 said...

Happy birthday Nick!! Those cupcakes look awesome, now I'm dying for a cupcake. They're good breakfast food, right?

Kayce said...

Happy Birthday Nick!!! Enjoy the year ahead!!
Note to self...find a cupcake today! YUM!! Hope you're feeling better soon Lisa.

Marla said...

What a sweet post for your sweet boy! Hope he has a wonderful birthday and that y'all have a great week! Now I'm craving cupcakes! :)

Shell in your Pocket said...

Happy 12th to your dear son--one more year and you have a teenager!

sandy toe

Suzie said...

Happy Birthday Nick!

I love your favorite photos, Lisa! Nick is one lucky guy to have such an awesome Mom.

Jboo said...

Happy Birthday Nick! What a sweet post to your son! Such a cutie too! Enjoy his birthday! And those cupcakes - yum!!!


Love Letters To China said...

Happy Birthday Nick! You are very lucky to have such an amazing mommy. I hope you enjoy your special day.

Those cupcakes do look scrumptious! I might just need to try them for my little boys b-day in March.

Hope you're feeling better.

Lisa (Briana's Mom) said...

What a beautiful tribute to your boy! Happy Birthday Nick!

Shari said...

Happy 12th birthday Nick!

and Lisa, it is amazing the strength we can get from the love of our kids! I'm glad you had Nick to live for, and now Sarah and soon???

Deb said...

Happy Birthday Nick.

What a beautiful tribute to your boy.

Amazing isn't it? what power a childs kind words or even a smile can give a person.

Blessings to you!

Unspoken said...

Lisa, I had no idea you had been very ill at one time. I am so glad to see how rich your life is!

Happy Birthday to your beautiful boy!

Colleen said...

Happy Birthday to your very handsome young man!! This is such a beautiful post Lisa, you are a wonderful Mom!!! So many wonderful gifts in your life!
Ohhh boy do those cupcakes look yum!! Will have to bake these with Faith.
Have a great week!!!!!

Liene said...

Thanks for making me lust after your cupcakes. Oh do they look divine!

Kim said...

What a special post for Nick's birthday and a beautiful milestone for both you.

Yummy looking cupcakes too!

Dita said...

Tears in my eyes reading this post for sure, Lisa. Your baby is so gorgeous whenever I look at him I swoon...I can imagine what YOU feel like as you watch him grow.

Nick is a walking, breathing reminder of your strength and tenacity to overcome all things. A dozen years ago you didn't know how incredibly blessed you would be to watch him grow, along with the beautiful family you would add to as the years passed.

You have been an incredible role model for your son and he will never forget all you have been through and that he was your beacon of light at the end of that tunnel.

I didn't know you then but I can say that being a part of your life now is such a joy.

Happy 12th Birthday, Nick and Congratulations, Lisa for believing in yourself back then and never giving up.


These Are The Days said...

I'll have to link up next week w/ a black and white. For now, I just linked up w/ a wall of frames I recently did in our homeschool room. I love that top pic of you son in the sand...perfection!

Mei Mei s and Mayhem said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NICK! What a good lookin young man you are!! Hope you had a wonderful celebration!

Those cupcakes are making my mouth water! I will have to try them for my daughters birthday party next week.

Sharon said...

Happy Birthday Nick!

Steffie B. said...

Happy 12th Birthday Nick.....what a wonderful post to him Lisa....he is so handsome....the cupcakes look delicious.....can I put in an order? lol


3 Peanuts said...

Happy Birthday to Nick!!! Glad you are feeling better...It is so hard to be sick when you are the Mom.

a Tonggu Momma said...

Happy birthday, Nick! And I am glad you are feeling better... I can't imagine having a tummy bug when there are cupcakes. That would be a rather extensive form of torture for me.

Casey said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet handsome boy!! Don't you hate how they keep getting older!!

JMCS said...

Happy birthday to Nick! :)

Hope his day was very special and girl you have me salivating about those delicious looking cupcakes and the images you got of Nick are priceless.


paige said...

oh wow--i missed this one earlier.
those captures of him are my favorite ever. i love each of the expressions, but the beach shot with all the white sand , his khakis & the pink button down..very handsome

hope his day wa wonderful
& i wish i had the patience to make some of THOSE cupcakes

Heather said...

I love this post! L.o.v.e i.t.! The cupcakes looks delish, but the tribute to your handsome young man truly takes my breath away. What a testimony you all have , Lisa. What a fine young man he is. Wishing him a fabulous year and you along with him as you watch his life unfold. Nick, you are a blessing to all, happy birthday!