October 14, 2012
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While in upstate NY for my grandma’s 90th birthday celebration, my baby turned 17. I can’t believe it!! Was it really that long ago? Sometimes it seems like only yesterday. Some days …well, it seems much longer. I’m not going to lie. I think the teenage years are by far the hardest. I had years of experience with babysitting and nannying to help me through those first years. But, as soon as she turned 6, she was out of my comfort zone. She doesn’t always like me; everyone says that’s normal. I don’t always understand her, but I keep trying… even when she doesn’t understand herself. I know we’ll both get through it. Aside from our relationship, I can honestly say that she’s absolutely amazing: smart, funny, strong, creative, caring and absolutely beautiful. I am so proud to be her mom!!!

On her birthday, we decided to walk around Saratoga Springs to do a little shopping. But, she didn’t find anything she liked. We stopped in a salon to see if they could squeeze her in for a massage or facial. But, they didn’t have any openings. So, we stepped inside Bettie’s Cakes and tried our first cannoli; lemon, of course.

 

This wonderful spot was right next to where we parked the car…such great light! I had to take a few more pictures.

I love her!!!