But, have I told you how awesome he is?
<~~~~ That beautiful baby boy, was the single best and most important thing we ever did for Ashton. I mean yes, we had a second child because we wanted one and knew a second child would round out our beautiful family. But what we didn't know at the time, was just how important of a role Holden would play in helping Ashton. We didn't realize just how crucial Ashton's well-being and independence would be and what role Holden would play in that. Never did we realize how good of a therapist Holden would be. A built-in and free therapist, imagine that?! :)
As the boys grew older, and over the years..... Holden's personality came to light. He would not be ignored. It's just not in his personality. He also helped Ashton come out of his shell. Due to Holden's outgoing personality, and his precociousness, Ashton was seldom able to withdraw when Holden was around. Holden loved to play and interact and never had any problems adjusting to a special needs brother; Ashton was just who he was meant to be, his big brother. See ^^^ pure idolization of his big brother, and I think it was mutual between the two of them. They would put up from each other, what they would put up from no one else.
and here's some more pics, story will continue afterwards.....
|Ashton would have never wore this if|
Holden wouldn't of had the same costume!
|Trip up to NOVA '07 - LOVED the carousel in the mall|
|Holden's first day of kindergarten - MY how he grew!|
|Ashton at the special games for his school|
|Look at that smile - RUNNIN'!|
Fun with friends
FAMILY PICTURE - ALL 4 of us!
Fun with family friends!
(I Promise, no kids were harmed in the taking of this photo! LOL)
|Still feelin' that brotherly love <3|
|One of the first years Ashton REALLY got into Christmas '09|
|This was also the year Ashton decided to give himself a hair cut! :P|
|Happy 12th Birthday Ashton and Happy 9th Birthday Holden!|
My hope for them is to always remain friends, always look out for one another, and always remember, that blood runs thicker than water. Family is family, and they do for one another. and Thank you for being the two best sons any mom could ever ask for!
Love you BOTH very very much!
|The little lion? that's Holden..... in 2006 on the homecoming float for his school|
One of my favorite pics of Holden, EVER!
|First soccer game - ala Karate Kid! LOL|
|No idea what the silly faces were for, but I LOVE it!|
|2nd place in his VERY FIRST wrestling tourney! AWESOME!|
|Holden took this picture, with my little p&s camera - photographer in the making?|
|VERY first GOLD MEDAL in wrestling!|
|Small, but MIGHTY!|
|he had some anxiety about the tube initially, but then wanted|
to keep going back out in it! :) YAY!
I'm always proud of both of my boys' accomplishments, but I try to make sure Holden gets the extra attention he deserves. He's had to give up a lot with having a special needs brother, and has always taken it in stride. He's a very sweet kid, and this post is for him :) I hope you've enjoyed the story and the pictures :) Thanks for letting me share
Have a nice day!