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January 22, 2013

And Now He’s Eleven.

When asked what he wanted to do for his birthday he said, “Dinner and a movie.”

When asked what he wanted for his birthday he said, “I don’t know. I think I have everything I need.”

Happy Birthday to the most awesome young man I know.

You are so very loved.

PS: And a big thanks to Katie for taking a bunch of these photos.


  • 1.
    Paula in Australia said…

    Wow what a beautiful boy you have Ali and Chris. Congratulations to you both and Happy Happy Birthday Simon. You have a beautiful heart. xx

  • 2.
    dawn said…

    This is so sweet, made me tear up and SMILE!! LOVE LOVE these photos, how awesome that he let you get all these. He looks so grown up and handsome Ali and Chris.

    Happy Birthday to you Simon!!

    • ….
      Ilona said…

      I second all of that!!!

      Happy Happy Birthday Simon!

  • 3.
    Lindsey said…

    Happy, happy birthday to a marvelous 11 year old. My son just turned eight on Sunday. A great time of year to be born! xox

  • 4.
    Wendy N said…

    He looks so Happy!! Happy Birthday Simon!!

  • 5.
    Mallory said…

    How that last picture captures his incredible soul! Love it! Happy birthday Simon!!

  • 6.
    Kim L. said…

    What a fine young man he is becoming! Reminds me of my own 11 soon to be 12 year old. Enjoy these days, because although the days are long, the years are short (from The Happiness Project).

  • 7.
    Marie said…

    Joyeux anniversaire Simon! :-)

  • 8.
    Stacey said…

    These photos are wonderful! I love the light in his eyes. When did he (and Anna!) become so grown up?? Happy Birthday Simon!

  • 9.
    Kathy said…

    Happy Birthday to Simon… the balloons on the chair and the umbrella in the pancakes….Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

  • 10.
    ScrappyBarb said…

    Happy birthday, Simon. You are one handsome 11 year old.

  • 11.
    Kim Schofield said…

    And the first thought I had was, “oh my, I’ve been reading Ali’s blog for a really long time!” LOL! Happy Birthday to your sweet boy!

    • ….
      Leah G said…

      I had those very same thoughts in that very same order.

      Ali, I hope that Simon has a wonderful birthday!

  • 12.
    Karin said…

    Joyeux Anniversaire Simon ! Et gros bisous de Suisse


  • 13.
    Alida said…

    Happy Birthday Simon! Seeing and hearing a new maturety. And looking more like your Mom every day. They both have grown so much!!

  • 14.
    Karen d said…

    Happy Birthday, Simon!

  • 15.
    Daria said…

    Happy Happy happy Birthday,Simon!!!

  • 16.
    MOlly said…

    Oh the sweetness! Happy day you gave birth day to you, Ali! And happy birthday to sweet Simon.

  • 17.
    Brandi said…

    Happy Birthday Simon!

  • 18.
    Michelle L said…

    Happy Birthday Simon!

  • 19.
    Jenny A said…

    Happy Birthday Simon! Beautiful pictures Ali!

  • 20.
    Olivia said…

    Oh. My. Word. When did Simon and Anna become so grown-up looking?! You will have a teenager before you know it! The photos are beautiful. Simon looks so mature. . . . And so much like Chris in a couple of those photos! Anna is so pretty. Happy Birthday, Simon!

  • 21.
    patty said…

    H*A*P*P*Y birthday sweet simon!

  • 22.
    laura g. said…


  • 23.
    Angela said…

    Oh Happy Day, Simon! I’ve been waiting to see his birthday photos and they are just as sweet as they have been each year. Love the one with him peeking from the balloons and with his cake. He seems so happy. Wishing all of you a magical 2013.

  • 24.
    Leanne in CA said…

    Oh my gosh, what a great kid! He’s looking so grown up. Love the pictures. Hope you had a fabulous birthday Simon!!

  • 25.
    orange gearle said…

    This is unbelievably wonderful. Especially that first picture. And I LOVE Anna on the table. That is so three.

  • 26.
    Francisca said…

    Hartelijk gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag, Simon! (Congratulations with your birthday, Simon! -translation from Dutch).

    He is such a wonderful kid! His lovely personality shines through his smile!

    Again.., happy birthday, Simon from the Netherlands!

  • 27.
    Michelle said…

    What a good lookin kid. Happy Birthday Simon. My baby turned 3 on Saturday. We also did pancakes. Actually we did pancakes for breakfast and dinner. ;)

  • 28.
    Christine said…

    Where has the time gone?
    Happy Birthday Simon. You bring joy to so many people. Hope your day was grand.

  • 29.
    Sandy said…

    Happy Birthday Simon! It has been so much fun watching you grow up through the pictures your mom posts on her blog. You are growing up so fast! Hope you had an awesome birthday Simon!

    (PS. I was also born in the Netherlands, just like Francisca in the post above, but I live in Florida).

  • 30.
    Paula said…

    Happy Birthday to you Simon!! I love your cake and most of all your smile!! I hope you have a great year, and I want you to know that I think you are super cool!!

  • 31.
    Leilani said…

    There is nothing better than hearing a child say that they have everything they need! Love that!

  • 32.
    P.J. said…

    Happy Birthday, Simon.

  • 33.
    jamie said…

    You can tell by the sharpening of the angles in his face that he is becoming a young man. Happy birthday Simon!

  • 34.

    Happiest birthday Simon!!

  • 35.
    Jenny said…

    The grace that you live your life with makes me so humbled to be your friend. Happy birthday Simon. You have been gifted a beautiful mother and family.

  • 36.
    Nicky from Okotoks said…

    Happy Birthday to a wonderful young man!!

  • 37.
    Deb J said…

    Happy Birthday Simon!!!! You are changing so fast and just getting better and better every day. Ali, we know he is blessed to have you as a Mom.

  • 38.
    Kim S (nerdgrl) said…

    Happy, happy to Simon! Eleven already! Wow! So very sweet that he thinks he has everything he needs. Happy Birthday, Simon!

  • 39.
    melanie said…

    oh he makes my heart happy, that sweet boy of yours. :)

  • 40.
    JC said…

    Love how his eyes sparkle! Clearly a happy day for him. :) My boy turned 11 just a couple of months ago, and I still struggle to believe he’s REALLY that old. ;)

    Happiest of birthdays to Simon!

    (and, my, Miss Anna is looking so grown up, too!)

  • 41.
    Stacy said…

    Happy Birthday, Simon!! (Wow, Ali, he’s got your smile!)

  • 42.
    Yoda said…

    A most special Jedi you are. The Force is with you on this birthday, and those to come. Celebrate!

  • 43.
    abbeyviolet said…

    Happy Birthday! Lovely pictures and memories!

  • 44.
    Cheryl said…

    Happy Birthday Simon!

  • 45.
    Cynthia H said…

    Love the umbrella on the pancake photo and the picture of him with Anna. So very sweet.

  • 46.
    Felecia said…

    What INSIGHT!!! He already has everything he needs??? I can’t believe he’s 11! He’s grown up before our very eyes! Happy Birthday Simon!!!

  • 47.
    Natalie said…

    Keep taking all of those wonderful photos Ali. My two are 17 and 15 now and scream at me every time I get the camera out!

  • 48.
    Laura said…

    Happy 11th birthday, Simon! It is great wisdom to know when you already “have enough” and don’t need more stuff. Some adults still struggle with this. I hope you had a totally awesome day.

  • 49.
    jengd said…

    A very happy birthday Simon!

  • 50.
    Michelle said…

    What a cutie. Look at those gorgeous eyes!

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