Asa is Three: Top Ten {Tuesday}

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When I put Asa to bed tonight (Monday) it was the last time I’d hold him as a 2 year old. *sniff* My sweet baby pirate is turning into a little boy. He still seems little when he cries for Mommy, runs to hold my hand or kisses his big sis “Eee-ya” ten times before bed. But when he gives me 4 whole sentences to explain something or makes jokes or remembers something from months ago, I know my little guy is growing up!

We have a new birthday tradition I started last year and I LOVE IT! Twelve days before the kids’ birthday I pick out one picture from the each of the last 12 months. Then I put them into a countdown calendar: Lydia’s is a set of mittens my sisterchick Kristen made her. Asa’s has been envelopes clothes pinned onto a string (I might try something more permanent next year).

Every day he opens a new envelope and we reminisce about how little he was and the fun things we’ve done through the year. Because Asa’s are clothes pinned, we now have 11 pictures of Asa from this past year hanging on our banister. It’s so sweet!
birthday calendar

So, in order, here are the…


1. September 2010

Happy birthday boy at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

2. October 2010


Apple picking!

3. November 2010


This is Thanksgiving Day when my parents gave Asa his Pirate Room. Yes, he has a pirate room at their house complete with a pirate bunk bed, pirate bedding, Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything, a chalkboard, a treasure chest and oh yeah–IT USED TO BE MY ROOM AS A GIRL!

4. December 2010


Merry Christmas! Probably my favorite picture ever. Could Asa’s shirt be cuter?

5. January 2011


His first snow! Well, the first snow he enjoyed anyway!

6. February 2011


This is so him! Dressing up in 50 million different things. Marching, making faces and pretending. Such a fun little personality!

7. March 2011


The opening of the new Disney Store in Atlanta. Also, when we met Jodi Benson, voice of the Little Mermaid and Barbie!!!

8. April 2011


Asa on Resurrection Sunday. With his Buzz Lightyear SKATEBOARD! Poor little guy still can’t use it but man, it’s cute to see him try!

9. May 2011


Potty training. *sigh* and *double sigh*

10. June 2011



11. July 2011


First time at bat on Independence Day!

12. August 2011



*sniff, sniff*

Asa, my sweet boy. I wish I could tell you how much you’ve filled up my heart and life. I can’t believe you get to be mine forever. Every night when I put you to bed I pray, “Thank you for my Asa. Help me be a good Mommy to him.” I am still overwhelmed at raising a boy. But I am so honored God put us together. I love you, my big sweet boy! Happiest birthday! ~Mommy

{See my other favorite birthday tradition: the fine china plate}

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  1. Wow! He really has changed and grown in the past year. And yes, that last picture is the cutest picture ever. :)

  2. um i will tell you that is the cutest picture ever…and I have 3 of my own little blond boys. that’s going to be a sure keeper! love the idea of the countdown pics. Since my boys ask every day for the two weeks leading up to their bday, that would be a great way to make the countdown meaningful.

  3. What a sweet big boy!

  4. That IS the cutest picture ever!!

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  5. These pictures are so cute! They grow up so fast!

  6. Yes, that is absolutely the cutest picture I’ve ever seen.

  7. Oh, I am about the cry! They have really gone from babies to kids this year, haven’t they? Libbie talks nonstop in real sentences and I am constantly astonished at it. She reasons and remembers and it’s just nuts.

    Love you, little Asa!

  8. Those pictures are just TOO PRECIOUS FOR WORDS. I can’t believe he is THREE!!! I remember when you were nursing him at Blissdom.

    So where do we link up? I did one this time!!

    • Oops! I don’t know what happened to the linky! A few people linked up last night & then it must have disappeared!

      I know, he was a little baby like TWO DAYS ago! *sigh*

  9. Such cute pictures and what a great idea about the envelopes leading up to birthdays. I have a two year old and I just want to freeze these moments (most days, ha!). These sweet toddler days are special.

  10. Posts like this make mommy hearts all squishy. 😀 Asa is so cute!

  11. What a cutie! They grow so fast!

  12. P.S. Am I the only one that can’t see the linky? I’ve tried on two different computers…

  13. Those pictures are darling (especially the one from the wedding, of course!) I love the tradition of the 12-day countdown. For the days, (week, months) preceding my kids’ birthday, they wake up every day saying “is my birthday today? How many more days?” and I think a countdown like that would be helpful, and sweet, and tons of fun!

    Love the china plate tradition, too!

  14. I’m missing the linky too… :) great pictures of Asa!

  15. super adorable!

    P.S. I don’t see the linky either, but the link to my top 10 post is here;

  16. Your pictures are beyond adorable! I particularly like the one from the wedding! I am sharing my Top Ten post for the first time this week. I couldn’t find the linky so…

  17. Oh, the preciousness! I think I need another little boy… my 6yo is just getting too big these days. 😉 Last week, I shared 10 Things My Toddler can pull off that I cannot. This week, I have 10 Things My Toddler Should NOT Be Rocking:

  18. Definitely love the last picture of Asa – so adorable – love his outfit!! I couldn’t help but smile at your *sigh* and *double-sigh* over potty training. I had such a hard time with my boy when I started at about 2 1/2 years and then eventually I just completely gave up. 😛 I just finally gathered up the courage to try again a little while ago and am finally seeing some progress now that he’s 3 1/2. I have had many deep sighing moments over this subject. :)

    • Ugh. It was SO much harder than with my daughter. I started her at 2yo and it happened in 2 days. We did the “one day potty training bootcamp” thing with him like 5 months ago and HE STILL has an accident almost every day. Of course, sometimes I think his accidents aren’t really accidents and just more of “hey, i don’t wanna go potty right now!” Well, have fun with that and remember HE WILL be potty trained at some point!!

  19. What a cutie. LOVE the last picture. Happy Birthday to him!!!! :)

  20. I love your tradition! My 5 year old’s birthday is on Thursday, and while I don’t have time to find pictures, I will save this idea for the next birthday coming up, and start a new tradition.

    This year, since we won’t be able to do our usual birthday celebration at dinner on the day of the birthday, I have a few surprises planned for my 5 year old like bringing him donuts in bed and bringing a few balloons to school.

  21. I LOVE this idea!!! I just might “borrow” it next month for my little guy’s third birthday! I made a photo collage from 12 pictures from his first year, and there was SUCH a change! I didn’t think there’d be this big of a change at this age, but you can totally tell Asa grew up in those pictures–good choices :)

  22. That’s such a sweet birthday tradition! My favorite pic was the potty training one, though. It took me RIGHT BACK to those days, although they were long ago (my boys are 19 and 12). I thought I’d surely be sending them off to college in diapers!

  23. Happy Birthday to your little man!

  24. Oh my heart – that last picture??? Cutest shot EVER!!! And boys – oh man oh man oh man, batten down the hatches, prepare your house for a riot, but you are going to LOVE every second of the wildest ride of your life :) For reals!

  25. Thanks for linking me up! You rock!

  26. Happy Birthday, Asa!!!! YAY for 3 year old little boys!!!

  27. Oh, what a sweet top ten posting!! It makes me tear up just thinking of little boys growing up!! I had a really rough time when my oldest turned 9 :-( It struck me pretty hard. I never thought I would by like that. Your little guy is adorable!!

  28. Linky is not working for me. Here is my post:

  29. What a WONDERFUL tradition!! So, so sweet (makes me wish we had done this years and years ago… :/).

    Happy birthday to your party boy :). Three is the PERFECT reason to celebrate!

  30. Time has truly flown. Ashlynn just turned 5 and started preschool. It just doesn’t seem real.
    It’s time for another baby, Les and Amanda! Asa would be an awesome big brother.

  31. Love the pictures and absolutely adore the last one. I think I may borrow the countdown idea as well (I remember loving it when you did it for Lydia back in January).

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