Dear Ande,

My sweet oldest boy. My right hand man. Happiest of 10th birthdays! Just last night, I was getting warm in your bed as we read scriptures and you came and snuggled up to me. It reminded me of when you were three and we laid down together on my bed for nap time day. I would close my eyes and pretend to sleep so that you would fall asleep. We would play music on my phone and I often fall asleep along with you. It's a special memory for me, and I'm so glad that you still enjoy snuggling up to me even though you're three times as old as you were then. 

You are an amazing young man. I am constantly flooded with pride when I see your kindness, love, and desire to serve others. It really is something special. You are smart and helpful and the best big brother. You are my go-to when it comes to asking for help around the house and with Lila. You always jump up to help me and never complain. You often come and grab Lila or play with Lucy without me even asking. You seem to sense when I need your help. 

Right now, at ten, you still love Legos and creating cool trucks/buildings/contraptions. You designed a little robot/transformer and started selling them to your friends! I love your creative mind and can't wait to see where you take it in life. You are in the Lego League at school designed robots and going to competitions. You make friends easily and are a kind, fun friend. You transitioned to fifth grade at a new school so easily, I was amazed at your ability to fit right in.

For your birthday this year, you asked for an obscure Optimist Prime transformer. You also got to go on a trip to New York City with Nana and Papa! You love architecture and had so much fun learning about One World Trade Center. 

I am really enjoying have a ten year old. It makes me feel a little old, and I love to think about our time when it was just you and I, but I am loving the stage you are in now. You are a joy to have sitting next to me in the front seat of the van. You are one of the only people that thinks I'm funny, and I just love the person you are turning out to be. 

Happy Birthday Anderson!

Here are some photos from your birthday back in April...

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