Is there anything more lovely than a boy who wants nothing for his birthday but a yoyo and a movie ticket to Harry Potter?

I think not. But Hans has always been a ridiculously beautiful child.



Known for his quick wit and goofy humor, we sometimes forget that Hansel is brilliant. That is, until he starts quoting microbiology facts from the encyclopedia or brings home a report card of straight As.

Just at wee little thing at 6 lbs. 4 oz.


Hansie’s defining trait isn’t his size, humor or brains, but his sweetness. A few years ago, he quashed my awful habit of disparaging my own mothering skills by saying, “It makes me feel bad when you say you’re a bad mother. Does that mean I’m a bad kid?”

I was reformed.


Hans is the one who will stop and smile for the camera in a rainstorm or shout the chorus in Do-Re Mi at a bus stop in Salzburg.


12 cakes mixes + whoppers + milk duds + ice cream cones + castle cake mold= our delicious version of Hogwarts

And with all the celebrations let’s be honest about one thing: thirteen is a hard age for everyone. We’re pretty happy to kick it to the curb.

Happy Birthday Hans! We love you!

November 18, 2010
November 22, 2010



  1. jennie w.

    November 20, 2010

    York will be 14 in two months. Can they be best friends?

  2. jennie w.

    November 20, 2010

    And, yes, thirteen has been THE WORST!

  3. Kerri

    November 20, 2010

    Thirteen was pretty darned awful at our house. I’m liking fourteen much much better. Love the Harry Potter masterpiece, but!!!… TWELVE cake mixes? TWELVE?????? You are one fine mama, that’s for sure.

  4. Blue

    November 20, 2010

    eight days into 14 at our house too. thirteen wasn’t bad at all though. when will the other shoe drop?

    he is a lovely person. ♥

  5. Claudia

    November 20, 2010

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  6. Claudia

    November 20, 2010

    We adore Hans.

    One of my favorite memories was when we were up Provo canyon with our families and he had his nose stuck in the Twilight series. I asked him if we was for Team Edward or Team Jacob and he matter of fact looked up at me and said, “Team Bella, of course.”

    Loved sharing the magic of Potter with you Hansie. Happy Birthday sweetie!

  7. Tasha

    November 20, 2010

    I love those old 90s throwback pictures. I hope Erik still wears those rockin’ glasses!

    Hope sweet Hans has a birthday half as lovely as he is!

  8. Tracy

    November 20, 2010

    Wow – look at your hot legs in that photo… 😉
    Happy Birthday to sweet Hans – he is adorable. Can 14 year olds be adorable? Well, if not – please do not tell him I said that.

    That cake is amazing. A masterpiece. You win and I know that Hans agrees.

  9. ashli

    November 20, 2010

    what a sweet tribute to that adorable Hansie!

    you are one great mom, and never ever forget it!

  10. Linn

    November 20, 2010

    Happy Birthday cute Hans!

    Dont’ tell me thirteen is bad. We are almost there. Blast.

  11. Mitchell Family

    November 20, 2010

    Happy Birthday Hans! Michelle the cake turned out great.

  12. Rachelle

    November 21, 2010

    What a lovely tribute to Hans. What a great cake!!

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