Friday, January 29, 2016

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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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.

We plan on continuing this tradition annually until Hayden is at least 18-years-old (or until he refuses to participate).

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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 10 measurements (at 1-year, 18-months, 2-years, 2.5-years, 3-years, 4-years, 5-years, 6-years, 7-years, and 8-years). This week marked our 11th measurement: 9-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
9-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 boy - who really isn't little anymore...

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

hayden's birthday celebrations.

Hayden's 9th birthday was this past Saturday.

His party was Friday night and included a sleepover (with 7 boys - not including Hayden).

It was perfectly suited for him - although not for me. It was loud and crazy - and most definitely a PARTY. Hayden was in heaven. I coped... and enjoyed his profound, intense happiness.

When I picked him up from school on Friday, he kept saying, "There's so much going through my mind right now. This is just so awesome. I can't wait for my party."

And then we arrived. At Arkadia Retrocade. It was party time.
Ice Cream Cake designed by Hayden. It featured vanilla cake, vanilla frosting, and two different flavors of ice cream - cotton candy with sprinkles, blueberries, and marshmallows, and birthday cake with gummy bears.
Then we brought the party home - for the sleepover...
Then on Saturday evening, we went out to dinner at Shoguns (as requested by Hayden).
Hayden claimed this his best birthday ever and hopes for a repeat next year. Until then, I'll work on increasing my tolerance for noise, mess, and potty humor...