My Lovely Friends

Saturday, 31 December 2011

21 years ago I started a New Year the best way I could............

Hi my lovelies how are you all?
Well 21 years ago today at the age of 18 I started a New Year the best way..........
.........what better way to bring in a New Year than to welcome a baby into the world.........
Happy Birthday to my eldest son Ben 21 years old today & I'm sooooooooooo unbelievably proud of him.
This is what I made for him.........warning photo heavy

I got a black & white image of Mario off google images & coloured him with my copics. Mario of course is a plumber........Ben is an apprentice plumber & Mario is what we call him as a nickname lol........
The van in the photo is the company Ben works for which is a large housing company in the North-East & the van he drives....... 
These are when Ben (Benjamin) was born.......he was born premature with only a 50-50% chance of living. The top photo is how poorly he was & how bruised he is cus they had to get him out of me urgently as his heart was struggling. Here he is in the incubator in special care baby unit.

This 2nd photo above is when he was well enough to breathe un-aided so was able to come out of the incubator but wasnt feeding enough so he had a tube down his nose to give him top up feeds. We brought him a blue & white teddy when he was born which is there with him.........he still has that teddy & is passing it down to his baby when he/she arrives.

From being so weak & poorly & he is celebrating 1st & 2nd birthday. He was the happiest little fella you could possibly meet........always smiling!!!

We went to his grandads on his birthday & his grandad had made him a choccy cake which was his favourite.....he looks like he cant wait to eat it lol.

From his 1st birthday to his 1st day at school.........he looks so handsome & yes I cried when I took him school!! The head teacher adored him because he really was a cheerful & happy boy........

This is my baby boy......yeah he may be 21, a young man but my kids will ALWAYS be my babies!!
From his 1st day at school to his 1st job learning to be a plumber after leaving sixth form college.

Here is at work they were so pleased with his performance & dedication they published him in a magazine highlighting his apprenticeship........proud mummy here is beaming lol...........

I made a folding wall hanging for him...........this above is the top half......

......& this is the bottom half.
Time really does go by so so fast its hard believe that now my little boy has his own home with a beautiful fantastic young lady & they are soon to have their very own little baby.......yep my baby is having a baby lol.

So from my family to all of your families we wish you all a Happy New Year, may the new year ahead bring you many new things to treasure & may love, peace & lots of happiness guid through every moment of 2012.

Take care everyone loves you all & thank you all sooooooooo much for your continued support I really do appreciate it from the bottom of my heart mmwah

Challenges I'm Entering............


Teresa - My Crafty Heart said...

Hi Vicky,
It is so lovely to read your post and see how your Ben has grown up over the years to the man he is today...what a wonderful keepsake for him and you can see how much love has gone into each and every page.I love how you've put Mario on his card, looks wonderful! Happy Birthday to Ben - and a very Happy and prosperous New year to you and your family Vicky, Big Hugs, Teresa xx

Love crafts forever said...

Happy Happy Birthday to your Baby Boy!!!!!!!!!!! I wish you and your Family a very Happy New Year. I hope this Year will bring you only happiness!!!!!
PS. Sorry for not visiting you too often. When i try to comment on your blog, it's take me forever to open your page, and very often it's just frees my computer.
But today was very fast Lol. it's most be because of your Boy's Birthday. hehe
Hugs and kisses. Nat

Doreen said...

What a fabulous project,love it all,I bet that 21 years has flown by really.

Happy New Year to you and your family Vicky,I truly hope it is a good

heidy said...

Hi sweetie congrats with your son,mine is 19,oh they grow up so quick
Love what you made for him and he will adore this!
Have a fabolous 2012 hun!
XXX Heidy

Riet said...

This is so beautiful Vicky.

Happy New Year.

Hugs Riet.xx

Vicky said...

Awwww what a wondeful keepsake for you son hun...and my doesn't the time just!

have a lovely afternoon sweetie...and wishing you a Happy New Year too :o)

biggest of hugs Vicky xx

Loopylou. said...

oh vicky hun this is just beautiful and i love your little stories to go with the pictures hun because it makes it even more lovely to read about.I can't believe how teeny ben was! bless him. Happy Birthday hugs being sent his way and big hugs for you too!!
love and new year hugs Lou xxxx

Juls said...

this is just the most beautiful, memory book. Hugs Juls.

angelwhispers said...

My word Happy Birthday Ben hope he has a fab day!!!!! Beautiful keepsake Vicky your photos are so beautiful and the detail just perfect!

Thanks for your lovely comment you left me I dont know what I did but its vanished but at lease I got to read it!

Happy New Year Love Chanelle xx said...

Happy Birthday Ben!!

Happy new year to you and your family. 2012 is gonna b a good one for you all.

Claire xx

Wishcraft said...

Oh such an extra special card Vicky, love all the photos!

Happy New Year hun... ooh it's going to be an exciting one for you isn't it?! Big hugs, Lisa x

Janette said...

Awww Vicky this is fab, he will soooo love it...time does fly, to fast just the new year brings you all you wish for sweetie, have a good one.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Jayne A said...

Happy New Year and avert happy 21st to your son. They do grow up so fast. My daughter was 21 in June. Where do the years go?

Happy New Year

June Nelson said...

Aw Hunny me got a lump oin my throat!!!!awww mine is 21 in february and thats the middle one the other is 24 and Ihave a daughter 18 they are all my babies too, awww you write things so beautifully., I wish for you everything you wish for yourself and more vicky, and I hope it isnt too long before your beauitful grandchild enters the world. Have a happy healthy peaceful new year special lady and may 2012 be really good to you all. Love and hugs from me xx Oha nd sorry eeek the hanging is out of this world!!!!!!!! xxx

Martina said...

Hi Vicky,
what a great wall hanging you made for your first born! Oh tiny he was and only 50% chance of living...this must have been hell for you until you had the news he will survive and he will okay, too! You can be so proud of him! happy Birthday to Ben and Happy New Year to you all! Only a few more days and you will be a Grandmother! My daughter will turn 16 years on January 5th...perhaps your grandchild will wait for the same Birthday ? ;)

THERESA said...

Happy B/Day Ben, you made your mama proud!!!
I love the memories you showed us, it is precious, thanks you!!
Congrats also to both of you as parents.........:))
Happy New Year to you and yours, may it be full of Blessings, love, joy, peace and big smiles!!
lotsa luv

Fiona said...

what a fab post vicky and i am sure Ben will love you for sharing his photos with us!!

happy New Year to you and your family and your new addition will be here soon too!!


Tracey T said...

What a beautiful way to commemorate Ben's special day. No wonder you are so proud of him - he looks like a fabulous young man. Have a very Happy & Healthy New Year my sweetheart - wishing you all the very best. Love and hugs, Tracey xx

Kim said...

Happy Birthday to your son! What a great way to honor his birthday with such a fabulous present! Happy New Year to you and your family Vicky :)
Hugs~ Kim

KarinsArtScrap said...

you have made this beautifully vicky.
great pictures from baby to s men.
great gift to give.
have a happy new year with your family and friends.

greetings karin

Sue B said...

Wow! this is awesome Vicky!! What an amazing design you have come up with and so personal too - your son will love it !!! You must be so proud of him - what an amazing journey and it is lovely to have it recorded in his 21st Card. Hope he has a wonderful Birthday.
And hope you and your loved ones have a lovely evening...
Have a Very Happy New Year!!
All the best for 2012!!
Love Sue xxx

Majsan said...

Hi Vicky!

Oh Happy Bhirtday to your son Ben.
Yes time really does go by so fast, but our kids will always be our babies:).
Absolutely brilliant card,I love the image with Mario and all the detaljs, Ben will be happy.
Thanks you for being such an inspiration.
I wish you and your beautiful family a Happy new Year full of creativity, happiness and health.
(I´m not so good wright english but I hope you understand!

Lots hugs Majsan

Jo said...

ooooh I can feel your joy and pride coming through cyber space. What a special keepsake to give to your son. Happy Birthday to Ben :)
Not long to go now eh Vicky?, you'll soon be cuddling your grandchild.
Happy New Year to you all xx

Chrissy said...

A very Happy Birthday Ben...and looking forward to the new arrival..
Wishing you a very Happy New Year 2012..Vicky, and I think what you made Ben is fabulous..bought tears to my eyes..gorgeous.


Sandra H said...

Hi Vicky, Say a big hello to Ben and a special birthday wish too! l just love the pictures and what you have done from Bens birth to his 21st birthday he was so tiny too! must of been a strong little fella and he's grown up into a splendid looking young man and due to be a father himself bet you can't wait either only 4days to go, your so creative but l have always thought that viewing your cards,have a lovely new year Vicky and all the very best to all the family......Can't wait to see the new addition:) Sandra H

misteejay said...

What a wonderful way to record your "baby's" life - fabulous project Vicky.

Hope you have a lovely New Year and I wish you & yours all that you hope for in 2012.

Toni xx

martina's kaartjes said...

hi vicky,
what a great newyears present ! think the worries you've had that moment, I can't imagine how hard it must have been for you ! but here we are, a great guy, 21 years old, he looks handsome !
wish you a great neuw years eve and a very healthy, creative and fun 2012 ! Thanks for your wishes on my blog
greetings, martina

Jo said...

I really hope you have all had a fantastic day and look forward to hearing about your new grandchild when baby is born. Happy New Year Hugs Jo x

Tracy said...

Hi vicky,
What a wonderful creation to come and see on your blog today, you must be so proud of your son.
Happy new year
Happy crafting
Tracy x

gina g said...

Wow you've been busy darling i love the book hun its beautiful and congrats and Happy Birthday to Ben. Happy New Year to you all. luv gina xx

Lisa said...

Hi Vicky, What a FAB birthday card ... i'm sure your son was thrilled with it!

Wishing you and your family a wonderful New Year!

Lisa xx

karen said...

Oh you must be soo proud Vicky, wishing you and your family a Happy New Year and Happy Birthday to Ben. Big hugs for Natalie too, Karenxx

Elaine said...

This is awesome Vicky and a beautiful keepsake. Happy 21st birthday to Ben, I hope he had a fantastic day!

Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year with 2012 being full of nothing but good luck, good health and happiness.

Love & hugs Elaine xxx

Gibmiss said...

hAPPY bIRTHDAY TO YOUR Boy....and a happy New Year to all your FAMILY...

Renkata said...

Happy New Year Vicky and Happy Birthday to your son!
What a precious gift have you made for him.

Denise said...

Awww Vicky this is just wonderful and what a handsome young man. I'm not surprised you are so proud of him.
Happy Birthday Ben and a Happy New Year to you all.
Denise xx

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday to your son Ben, Vicky! You must be so proud of him, seeing him all grown up now! You made him such a precious gift, your creation is filled with so much love, it really shows! What a wonderful way to start the new year! Ira x

Pop's Cards said...

Morning sweetie, I love this image so sweet, gorgeous photos too we are so alike in so many ways. I am so glad to have you in my life, big happy hugs love Pops x x x

Lotta said...

Hi sweet Vicky!

Your son Ben will love this! It is beautiful! Hugs Sandra

Karina said...

Happy Birthday to Ben! You made such a lovely door hanger for him. He will love it! Know what? The son of my partner's brother got a baby as well today, just the same day as you gave live to your son. Well, not him, but his wife.. :o) It is a girl called Luna, which is moon in Italian. Love this name. Hope you had a good start into the new year.
Big hugs,

Ally said...

thank you so much for showing us these pics and the story! I love stories with happy endings and I am so happy for you that your baby lived and has grown into a handsome young man who gives his Mummy so much pride! Even though I decided to have no children I can imagine the feeling, the love and the pride of a Mum and it must be a wonderful thing!
Wishing you and your family all the best for 2012! God bless you all!
Biggest of hugs, Alessandra

Donna Mosley said...

Aww! Vicky, what a fabulous post, I love the gorgeous LO's and the photo's of Ben are gorgeous. He must have loved this amazing gift his Mum has made him with so much love.

Donna x

xxxtglxxx said...

Gorgeous scrapbook! :) Such a handsome lad, and quite rightly you must be so proud of him! :)