Thursday

10.06.2011

I can't believe it has been 3 years since we brought him home from the hospital. The day he was born changed my life forever. I had never loved something so much. He was so perfect and sweet. I miss that tiny baby, but I love the little boy he has become. He is my best little friend. We have so much fun every day. He has taught me so much. I am so glad I have him in my life. I love you so much Caden.

Caden's birthday fell on a Monday this year. I wanted to have a birthday party for him since he's finally old enough to understand. We thought a Saturday would work out better for a party, so we had it a few days early. He had been begging for months to go to the fish farm with my grandma and grandpa. I had been meaning to take him in the spring before it got too hot, but time got away from me. Brynnley came earlier than I was expecting as well, so I decided to postpone the event till his birthday. I love this fish farm. One of my favorite pictures in my baby book is taken on the side of one of these ponds: I was 2 years old my grandpa was helping me get a fish off my line and his comb-over was hanging down in his face. Haha, I need to get a copy of that picture ;) My aunt Janeen and cousin Nick joined my family and Grandparents for a trip to the fish farm that we all love. My mom and her siblings came fishing here when they were little too, so we have to keep up the tradition for the 3rd generation!

Caden was so excited. We had him grab a bucket and fishing pole and we headed to the ponds. These fishing ponds are packed with fish.. I mean.. there's practically more fish than water. This makes for great, fun fishing for kids.

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This picture melts my heart: Both of my grandparents standing beside my son as he caught his first fish. I love them so much.
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The whole "touching a fish" business was a very serious and terrifying matter in the beginning. We were all very entertained as Caden screamed like a little girl while Taylor would force a fish in his hands.
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At the end he was finally over his fear and was picking up all the fish and plopping them in the bucket.
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This is one thing from the fish farm that I always loved. Washing my hands in this ice water fountain. It was disgustingly dirty.. but the water tasted so good, and was so fun to splash in on a hot summer day. Caden washed his hands between every fish he touched, of course, this kid hates having dirty hands ;) 
(I can't believe i really drank out of that thing... I'm pretty sure that is some sort of mold growing down the pipe...)
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Byrnn slept the whole time, still in that sleepy newborn stage. She looks so tiny in this picture.
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Caden was pretty interested in the cleaning and filleting. We asked this kid how many fish he cleans and fillets on an average Saturday afternoon, he guessed around 300 fish! No wonder he worked so fast!
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As a part of the tradition when we were kids; We would always go to Farrs Ice Cream after the fish farm. This was another tradition that had been passed down from when my mom was a child. We couldn't pass this up. I haven't been to this Farrs (the ORIGINAL Farrs) since I was probably eleven. They have the BEST ICE CREAM EVER!

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Caden hates ice cream. I mean.. he really hates it. He will take 2 licks and he will tell me he doesn't like it anymore.. For some reason he loved this Grape Ambrosia Sherbet, it was really yummy and had some sort of nut in it. He chose it because my Grandma got it. Taylor and I were laughing in surprise as he ate the entire cone and bowl of ice cream. It was dripping from chin to toe.
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(yes, that's ice cream dripping down his leg)
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We went back to my Grandparent's house after for a weenie roast. I love the little fire pit in their back yard. We roasted hot dogs and marshmallows (the giant marshmallows). We had the fish we caught, chips, drinks, grapes and potato salad to go along with it. Mmmm, it was so yummy. Caden had so much fun.

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I picked up a tiny birthday cake from the store and he ate the whole thing later that night. He got a giant bubble wand and a way cool bubble gun. He was thrilled.. can you tell? ;)
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Caden had a blast swinging on the rope swing hanging from the huge tree in their yard. I love this yard. It is so beautiful and I have so many wonderful memories there.
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We ended the party with an assortment of fireworks. Caden loves fireworks (takes after his daddy) and lucky for him.. His birthday will always fall within the "3 day limit" for holiday fireworks. His birthday is the day after pioneer day! Seriously.. what three-year-old gets fireworks for their birthday?
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On his "real" birthday my family treated him to lunch of his choice.. McDonalds. haha. He had fun playing between eating. We gave him his big birthday present: the Kickboard USA Mini Kick Scooter (check it out). BEST INVESTMENT EVER! Caden rides it everywhere.. including through our house. He's pretty speedy on it! We went to Brick Oven for dinner as a family. It counted as Taylor's birthday dinner as well. We took him to Build-A-Bear after and he built a wolf with a dinosaur roar in it.. he thought it was pretty funny. Taylor picked up his ipad on our way home.. essentially his entire birthday in one little box. Spoiled boys ;) It was a great party weekend!

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Happy Birthday my sweet boy

lara

3 comments :

emily+brett said...

yay caden! how cool is that to go to a fish farm. i've never even heard of it. brett needs to take steele fishing. i can't handle the worms or the dying fish but i think it's a must as a child.

Hannah said...

Brynn has awesome lips! She is gonna knock ;em dead when she is legal dating age!

The pictures of caden are pretty stinking awesome!

For the record, I have had fireworks on my birthday almost every year because I am a July 3 baby. Caden and I have something in common :)

Mrs.Field's Cookies said...

Happy birthday Caden! What fun birthday festivities!