18? alrady?


brooke turned 18 today.

and yes, i presented her with a donut and a candle at 6:00am this morning.  our bday tradition.

in honor of our sweet, kind, amazing daughter, I thought i’d say 18 things i love about her…

she is KIND.  she sticks up for her friends.  she always routes for the underdog.  she has a big heart.  she is a true sweetheart.

she loves her FAMILY.  she puts us first many times when we know she wants to “go out” or “meet friends”.  she likes us.  and loves us.

she is a CHRISTIAN.  she loves God.  and everyone knows that about her.

she has a LAUGH (giggle) like no other.  when you get her started she tilts her head back and lets it go.  her laugh makes others laugh.

she loves ANIMALS.  i swear she’d own a zoo if she could.  or at least 10 dogs and cats if we’d let her.  but she just has one cat (chance the rapper) and one beta fish (Russell Wilson).  she gives them more love than the whole family combined.

she is ARTISTIC.  not sure where she got that..haha.  she is always doodling and drawing.  i find the coolest things around the house.  we were thrilled when she took batik this year.  we’ve got some awesome art on our walls.

she loves to take PICTURES.  her camera is always pointing at something or someone.  i wish one day she’d make a book of her life based on photos and let the reader guess the story.

she wears FLIP FLOPS all year round.  that’s my fault. i do too.  she’s a CA girl at heart.  people ask her all of the time if she is cold and why she’s wearing flip flops… she says “yes, i’m cold, but i like them.”

she is going to COLLEGE this fall.  she chose Whittier College in So Cal.  it’s the perfect place for her. sunshine and beaches.  oh, and great education.

she drives a CONVERTIBLE.  a little Mitsubishi spider.  bought it used from a friend.  her dad took the dents and scratches out.  afraid to show the people that sold it to us because they gave us a great deal due to the dents and scratches.  oh, and she paid cash for half of it.

she MODELS.  her last few jobs paid quite a bit.  but what we love about her is that if her agency has a new photographer that needs to update their books, she will work for free to help them out and update hers.  she knows what it’s like to start out at the bottom and she never forgets the people that have helped her along the way.  she is looking forward to finding an agency in los angeles this summer.  can’t wait to hear all about it.

she loves LACROSSE.  she is an awesome player.  with the right coaches..haha.  inside joke.  she would love to play for her college next year and she mentioned that one day she’d like to coach a team of kids.  she would be so good.  she is inspirational and uplifting.

she loves to TRAVEL.  she has been many places iI’ve only dreamed about.  she loves the different cultures and meeting new people.  she wants to study abroad at least one of her semesters.  i wonder if she’d let me go with her.

she has the prettiest SMILE.  it lights up a room.  when she smiles at you, you know she likes you.  you will never second guess where you stand with her if you make her smile.

she loves TRADITION.  any time we ask her to participate because “it is tradition” she is all on board.  sometimes we just make up tradition because we are having fun and want to continue… so she makes it a tradition for us.  just ask her about our thanksgivings, our FFFF tshirts and donut birthdays… just to mention a few.

she has MANNERS.  she knows when to put her cel phone down.  she always hugs her grandparents when she sees them.  she says “please and thank you” a lot.  she knows which utensils to use when eating.  all of the little things we were taught as kids she somehow knows.  sometimes I think she’s an old soul.

she is FUNNY.  she watches a lot of funny shows on tv.  she loves jokes (and misses her grandpa’s jokes… as she was the only one that listened to them since they went on and on and on).  oh, and she is a prankster.

she loves her BROTHER, mason so much.  they are not only brother and sister; they are friends.  i know that if something ever happened to me that she would take care of him the same way I would.  they actually like hanging out together.  he is going to miss her so much next fall.

she wants a TATTOO for her 18th birthday.  and told us that she is now legal to get one.  and she is going to get one.  what am i to say… i have two myself.  so, today at 3:00pm we are both going in and getting little crosses on our wrists.  that way when we miss each other we can look at our crosses and smile.  no judgement please.

she loves her FRIENDS.  she would do anything for them.  she chooses friends wisely.  she has learned a few lessons on the way.  but if you are her friend, you will know it.  and you are lucky.

she is EVERYTHING we wanted and dreamed of in a daughter.  i know i went over the “18” things…. but i couldn’t help it.  i could have mentioned many more.

we wish her the best in life.  full of fun.  full of laughter.  full of travels.  full of dreams coming true.  GO GET EM GIRL!

FFFF love always,

mom, dad and mason


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