Happy Birthday “Smoke”

Happy Birthday Gage

Today is Gage’s birthday. It’s hard to believe our ‘Gageypoo’ is turning 4. Gage is always keeping us in stitches with his quick wit. I told this story at Cross Point not long ago:

A few weeks ago Gage came to me and said,”I didn’t want you to call me Gageypoo anymore. I’m too old for that.”

“Well what do you want me to call you, buddy?” I asked.

He replied, “I want you to call me Smoke”.

“Smoke! You can’t go from Gagypoo to Smoke,” I told him.

Gage, there are three good reasons I can’t call you Smoke.
1) You are still scared of monsters in your room.
2) You still wear Bob the Builder underwear.
3) You sit down to pee.

Happy Birthday Gage! I love you, son. You may be the middle child but, you are anything but average. Your smile, hugs, and outgoing personality make everyone around you feel special. Son, you have what it takes and your mother and I want to support you in all of your dreams as you grow. I would do anything in the world for you, however, I’m still not going to call you “Smoke”.

21 Responses to “Happy Birthday “Smoke””

  1. So cute! Happy Birthday Gage!! (And hold on Dad…our “baby” will turn 4 in June…how the time flies!!)

  2. Very Cute & awesome smile! My 8 year old told me a couple of weeks ago, I could call him “Mr. Yawners!” I had a good laugh over that one. :)

  3. alece says:

    he is a cutie. and too funny!

  4. What a life. Breakfast in bed, naked with a watch on. Happy birthday Smoke

  5. Julie P says:

    Happy Birthday Gage!

  6. Jenni Catron says:

    I love this kid! Kids like Gage make me wonder if I want my own, but that usually passes pretty quickly! :)

  7. Harold McKee says:

    Happy Birthday from Kentucky, Smoke…..

  8. Ash says:

    Heppy Birthday, Gage! What a cutie! He is definitely gifted at making people feel special…even though I do have to wonder if he says, “Yippee!” when I tell him that I’m coming over to his house just because he knows I usually have cookies with me when I come to his house.

  9. the wife says:

    Just FYI Brian – Gage is not naked, he has on his tighty-whitey Elmo underware! Happy Birthday to our sweet Gagey!

  10. collegeknowledge says:

    Happy Birthday Smoke!

  11. Leslie says:

    Happy birthday sweet Gache(as Grace would say). He is too cute!!

  12. John Hobbs says:

    If you ask my middle son about being the middle child – He will tell you it’s a secret, that being the middle child makes you special. We brainwash our kids like that. So Happy Birthday to your Special Child. Oh, and your explanation about why he can’t be called Smoke cracked me up. Thanks for the laugh! God Bless you.

  13. Giant Idiot says:

    How much of that cupcake ended up in the bed?

  14. Whitney says:

    Happy, happy birthday Gage!!

  15. bejewell says:

    Awwwwww! Just came across this randomly and what a cute kiddo! Happy birthday, Smoke!

  16. Jennifer Dillingham says:

    Rylie says “Happy Birthday Gage” and “I’ll see you in the 4yr old. room !!!!!!!”

  17. wordsseldomsaid says:

    bwahahahahahaha!!!,…that was great…happy b-day smokester…

  18. Tommy Sircy says:

    Pete, Brandi,

    You do realize that Gage is gonna be “Smoke” from now on, don’t you?

    Btw, if that is a Jimmie Johnson #48 pillow, better trade it in for a #20 Tony “Smoke” Stewart. lol

    Happy Birthday, Smoke.

  19. Heidi says:

    Happy Birthday Smoke!!!

    You are right. You are a man today.
    BTW Gage the middle child is like an oreo cookie, guess what we middle children are, the creamy sweet filling.

    Your the man to have Elmo on and the watch!!!

    Cool beans!!!

  20. pcase says:

    Pete, this is a precious post. Our own baby girl turned 18 years hold this past week. Hold onto these moments as time moves faster than I could ever imagine.

    I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful celebration!

  21. cadillaczak says:


    you have the stinking coolest names for your kids EVER.



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