Tuesday, March 3, 2015

fun in the snow.

At this point, most of the snow has melted. But Saturday, there was quite a bit of snow on the ground and we took advantage of the opportunity and had some fun in the snow.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

hayden's height tradition.

Since Hayden was 1, we have been measuring and documenting his height by marking it on his armoire with a black Sharpie. So far we have had 9 measurements (at 1-year, 18-months, 2-years, 2.5-years, 3-years, 4-years, 5-years, 6-years, and 7-years). This week marked our 10th measurement: 8-years-old.

Here they are.

Another part of this process involves us taking pictures of us documenting his height. Does that make sense? So every time we mark his height, we take pictures while we do it.

Here are those pictures:
1-year-old

18-months-old

2-years-old

2.5-years-old

3-years-old

4-years-old

5-years-old
6-years-old
7-years-old
8-years-old



Some day, we will make a little photo album of these pictures (or something like that). I love doing these dorky little things. It makes me happy and I like to see how he has grown. Such a big little boy!

Monday, February 16, 2015

the white button-down shirt tradition.

When I was pregnant with Hayden, I read an article in a magazine that depicted a family’s tradition with their daughter.

Beginning with her first birthday, they dressed her in her grandmother’s vintage bathing suit and took a picture. They did this every year as they watched their baby daughter grow from a toddler, to a child, to a young woman.

It was amazing and adorable and I thought it was a wonderful way to show in photos how their daughter had changed and grown.

When Hayden was born, I tried to think of a way that we could accomplish the same tradition with him. I wasn’t about to put him in a pair of my Grandpa’s old swimming trunks (not to mention the fact that I didn't have any). That simply was not going to work.

Randy and I talked about it. We wanted the item to be something simple, yet classic. Something a boy/man would wear that would convey timelessness and class. The answer: a men’s white-button down shirt (from the Gap no less).
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We plan on continuing this tradition annually until Hayden is at least 18-years-old (or until he refuses to participate). 

I have to say that I am SO glad that I saw that article. To see the progression of age in this manner is truly remarkable and makes me smile.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

an interview with hayden.

I LOVE interviewing Hayden. This is the 10th interview we have done. It's neat to see how his answers have changed over the years. In addition, as he's grown I've added additional questions that are more relevant and age-appropriate. Definitely cool stuff!

How old are you? 8

What is your favorite color? blue 

What is your favorite thing to watch on tv? sports

What’s your favorite thing to eat? candy.

What is your favorite candy? tootsie rolls. just the white ones.

What is your favorite thing to do? sports.

What is your favorite toy? Legos, because I can build stuff with them and I like building things.

What is your favorite thing about school? recess

What is your favorite subject in school? Does phys ed count? (I said no). Then Math.

What is your favorite book? Diary of a Wimpy Kid

What do you want to be when you grow up? professional football player 

What is your favorite sport? Football

Who is your favorite friend? Jack Johnson.

What is your favorite animal? A panda. I love Pandas. They are so good.

What is your favorite number? 99

How are you feeling? good.

Who is your favorite person? My sister. She is cute and cuddly.

What do you think about your sister? She is very dramatic.

Is there anything else you want to tell me? No.

Was this fun? Yes.