Friday, December 5, 2014


   The past couple weeks have been busy, which has left little time for blogging.  On the plus, I have several ideas for posts, just need to make time to write them out.  So, our adorable blessing turned the big ONE on November 18th!  What a year it's been!  To see how his personality has developed in these 365 days is incredible!  This child is one that is always active and on the go!  He loves to climb anything, throw/kick balls, play with anything with wheels, and "reading" books (more of flipping through the pages quickly, but we are thrilled he is finally showing interest!).  His Daddy is still his favorite person, and he's a carbon copy of him in the looks department.
   We had Caden's birthday party with a few family and friends the weekend before his birthday (and before his 12 month appt at the pediatrician) and boy did this little guy make out like a bandit!  He got so many toys that he won't be getting hardly any at Christmas (downfall of having a birthday almost a month before Xmas).  It was so special to have so many people over at our house who love Caden so much!  We did a cars and trucks themed birthday party because this kid is obsessed with anything that has wheels (I feel this kid has it in his genes from both sides!)  We served BBQ to our guests and of course cake and ice cream!  Based on the tiny samples of sweets Caden has eaten and how he usually feeds himself, I knew he would be pretty excited about the cake.  Those that know Casey know that his favorite kind of cake is yellow cake with chocolate frosting, so I thought the perfect choice for his mini-me would be the same.  Like father, like son he LOVED his cake!  Our son was so sweet to feed both of his parents some cake too.
  His actual bday was a very chilly day.  Casey took the day off and we were able to spend the whole day together as a family, which was nice and I hope its a tradition we can continue until he starts school. We planned a trip to the zoo, but with the weather we opted to take Caden to the children's museum and then to a hibachi place for lunch.  My child loves fire (which makes this Momma nervous) so I figured he would really enjoy watching the chefs cook in front of him, and he did!  Overall it was a successful day that ended with some more cake!
  Thoughtful mom that I am scheduled his doctor appt for the day after his birthday.  Little guy got 4 shots and bloodwork, so that no is fun to do on your actual birthday!  Poor kiddo was pretty angry by the end of his appt!  Praise the Lord, everything went great!  Pediatrician said we were doing everything perfectly! (sweet music to my ears!!!) Here are Caden's stats:
Weight: 20 lbs, 9.6 oz. (38%) compared to 7 lbs. 7.5 oz. at birth
Height: 30 in. (57%)  compared to 20.25 inches at birth
Head Circumference: 18.54 in. (79%)

It's crazy to see how much he has grown into this little person in one year, that I'm excited to see what this next year holds!  Caden John we love you to pieces and are so glad God gave you to us!  More pictures to come, but here are a few to get started!
Love this kid!

The birthday boy!

Fascinated with fire! Oh my!

I'm honestly kinda thankful this is the last of
the monthly stickers.  Getting a good picture is so difficult!

Everyone needs to eat cake on their actual birthday too!

So mad that I let the nurse give him 4 shots
and then poke him again for blood work!

"I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds." Psalm 9:1

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