S: Thomas Growing Up complied by Susan Stroup
BC: Age 13 | age 2 | This book is dedicated to my son Thomas, who has grown from a playful baby to a smart, funny and loving young man. I love you Thomas!
FC: Thomas Growing Up photos and text by Susan Stroup
1: Thomas was born on November 13, 1997 We couldn't have imagined when expecting how beautiful he would be when he was born.
2: We love this picture of Grandpa and Thomas in PJ's and watching TV! | That's my baby boy! Thomas loves to eat and was a really happy little guy!
3: At the zoo looking at baby bears. | In Saginaw at Christmas | Family Camp | 1st ball game
4: Coming home day | Your first try driving! | Picking pumpkins with Grandpa Stroup | Hiking with Mom | FUN!
5: Slide at East Tawas- 11 months old | more FUN!
6: Thomas LOVES water!
7: and being really strong
8: Vacations! | Hilton Head, Bubbles at Magic Puppet and Toys Too! | Holland lighthouse
9: The Cadillac tree push attempts- the early years
10: And fun times close to home.
11: Look how wet he is from jumping off the stump into the snow. | The Fort!
12: Picking the perfect pumpkin. | This was at the mall, a phone booth style music listening booth, best friend pup enjoyed the tunes too!
13: I'm ready to trick or treat. LET'S GO! | I'm the Birthday King, at age three!
14: Learning to Skate with Mom | Visiting Grandpa at his camp site
15: Fall in Michigan is beautiful!
16: Thomas is growing up and is getting ready to welcome a new sibling to our life. | Thomas wanted to keep an eye on her, while he ate lunch. This was the day she first came home.
17: There was a giant blizzard when Natalie was born, so he did take some time away to check that out. | A baby sister to love
18: Teaching Natalie about the quest to push over the tree in Cadillac.
19: Helping dad pull Natalie in the bike trailer | Showing Natalie how to find all the Easter eggs
20: South Carolina trip
21: So much fun wears the kids out!
22: More fun equals | More crashing on the couch!
23: Starting School, Natalie wanted to go with you.
24: We went to a wedding and you and dad dressed alike!
25: Halloween and playing in the leaves
26: Merry Christmas! | Thomas went the Santa shop all by himself and bought me the "heart bear" He was so excited to give it to me. This was one of my favorite moments of being his mom
27: First Easter at the new house! It looks like Thomas had no trouble finding his eggs and basket
28: Hilton Head vacation. | Can't wait to hit the waves. Taking Dixie for a beach walk.
29: A break from the sunshine in South Carolina. | Summertime and the living is easy!
30: We have to wait a little longer for summertime in Michigan. When it gets here it sure is great!
31: Ready to go tubing!
32: Working on the old train set. Sand box time with Natalie.
33: 4th of July and mom's b-bay! Waiting for the fireworks show.
34: Back to work on pushing over the tree in Cadillac. | I see you!
35: Thomas got some help with that old tree!
36: Harvesting pumpkins with Grandpa.
37: Halloween. Costume? Skeleton of an Armadillo
38: Happy Birthday Thomas!
40: Fall to winter | Yikes that is a TON of snow!
41: And eventually it melted.
42: Back to South Carolina!
44: Bioncles at camp with Jared
45: Thomas and Zane camping it up. | So handsome!
46: Thomas' 10th birthday!
47: The past 10 years have been fantastic. It is hard to imagine life before we added Thomas to our family!
48: Climbing at Higgins Lake
49: Always my angel boy.
50: Taking after mom, Thomas' first camera. | Higgins Lake
51: Thomas' recent years
52: April 17 2009 Welcome Daisy!
53: Daisy graduates dog training school
54: Merry Christmas!
55: A few hours and 1000's of Lego pieces later.....
56: On the ferry to the island | All dressed for dinner
57: Mackinac Island | In the Esther Williams pool and the Grand