Times files...when you're having fun. And that is just what you did this past year.
When your birthday falls on Christmas Eve, it's hard not to feel the excitement when the big day rolls around. Lucky you, the family has somehow managed to separate your birthday and Christmas, resulting in a ridiculous amount of
But it's not your fault. You were suppose to be a January 2002 baby. I guess you had other plans.
Thank you for blessing your Dad and me with the best Christmas gift that year.
This time last year, December 2011, you and Isaiah were having a blast. We stayed at a local hotel, went to Chuck E. Cheese's, the mall, then resumed the fun back at the hotel.
For your birthday, you wanted to eat at Sakura. I think it was more for the experience. We had fun.
On Christmas Day, you were beyond excited. It is always so much fun watching your eyes light up when you open your presents. I think this is the best part of the day for your Dad and me.
A few days after Christmas, we spent a few days at the Gaylord at National Harbor to celebrate your 10th birthday. You brought along your trusty sidekick (and cousin), Isaiah.
This was a blast. We never had to leave the hotel. All the excitement was just an elevator ride away.
Once we returned home, the celebrations continued. One of your Christmas presents from your Dad and me, was a University of Maryland game at College Park.
Finally, you could rest...sort of. You found time to start reading, "The Hobbit", but I'm pretty sure that you have a lot left...one year later.
Basketball season was also in full swing.
We had a little sprinkle of snow and managed to hit the hill for some tubing.
And look who wanted to show their love for their son – your Dad! As if you weren't already permanently a part of him, now it's etched on his body forever.
Kaden and Aunt Kinsey take New York! This was one of your gifts. You were going to visit the Big Apple and conquer the streets of Time Square. You hopped on a train and spent the next few days being a tourist. Now, whenever you see an image of New York, your immediate reaction is, "I went there." I guess those memories will forever stay.
You continued to spend time with your cousins. Your buddy Saniyah is always fun to hang with.
You, Isaiah and Ryan had a great time in Baltimore. First, we visited the Maryland Science Center. You ate your first bug meal, chips and bug salsa. Then, we watched a Monster Jam show.
It was the end of basketball season. Your team missed first place, losing the championship game. It was a great year.
Soccer season started as well. It was another year of fighting with the forever insane Cape St. Claire team. We finally found some resolve. They no longer play against us. You were the bravest boy during these trying times. Good for you!
We attended the circus with Aunt Nisey, Cousin Yolanda and Nadia.
You were wrapped up in the reading the series, "The Hunger Games".
By this time, you had put your pool pass to use. Your grandparents gifted you one for Christmas. We loved bringing along your cousins to make the time even more special.
You were selected to represent your school at a leadership conference. I like to think of you as a quiet leader. You have great ideas and an opinion, but you don't have to shout to be heard. Looks like it paid off.
For some crazy reason, you decided it would be a good idea to play basketball and soccer...at the same time. We only played a few basketball games, but it was a great experience.
Poppy, you and I toured the Washington National's stadium. It was an initiative for Chevy Youth Baseball.
Dad, you and I hopped on the metro and attended the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. It was chaotic, but worth it. We saw some great exhibits.
We headed back to Washington, D.C. to visit the Spy Museum.
You had yet another concert. You looked like a natural with your bass.
The annual Marlboro Day in Upper Marlboro, MD was the perfect way to spend time with your cousin, Saije. We don't see her as often as we'd like, but when we do, it's just like old times.
The Air Show at Andrew's Air Force base was great. We walked around for hours exploring all the planes and air crafts.
M&T Stadium hosted Monster Jam again. It was action-packed.
More swimming. First, the entire soccer team was invited to to enjoy the pool at a player's home. And we still took advantage of the pool pass at a local aquatic center.
We celebrated the end of the soccer season at a player's house. It was awesome because you were able to ride a kayak, get in the hot tub and spend time with your friends.
You caught a cooler of fish with your Uncle Brandon. You even cleaned them and ate them for dinner.
It was Christmas in July at Gaylord at National Harbor. Saniyah and you had fun previewing all the excitement.
An Orioles game solidified your passion for baseball...somewhat.
We tested out the new Nintendo Wii U before it hit the market. It was cool.
You spent time with your godAunts.
School started. 5th grade. Wow!!!
You came up with the idea to be an iPod for Halloween. We put our creative minds together and built a wonderful replica. It was a hit.
Your soccer team placed 2nd in a challenging tournament against travel teams. Great job, Storm!
You tagged along with me to vote. President Obama secured a 2nd term.
You became a 1st cousin. Welcome, Seth.
Another winter concert. Great job, again. I was shocked to hear that you auditioned for a group solo in the chorus and got it.
Basketball season is in full swing.
You're smart, talented, caring, funny and creative.
What a lethal combination!
You have even embraced your soon-to-be role as BIG BROTHER.
I can't wait to see where the road leads you.
Happy Birthday, Kaden.
You are truly loved.
|photo courtesy of Keith Estep Photography|
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