10.22.2009

You've Had a BIRTHDAY! Shout HOORAY!

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First and foremost - Happy 2nd Birthday to my little Lovey!
I can't believe 2 years have already flown by. You are the greatest joy and I can't believe
I am lucky enough to have you in my life!
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We celebrated your birthday with a little party with our friends and you were surprised
with the cutest Radio Flyer scooter. It was instant love!
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Hay's Friends: Will, Luke, Hayden, Toree, Chloe, Owen, and Cousin Evan
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For snacks, we had rainbow cupcakes, ice cream, and punch.
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Fun with Gramma Jone - your Missouri Grandma
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Cute presents from Toree.
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Hay's BFF, Luke
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We were also crazy lucky to have Grandma 'Nita come to visit for your birthday.
Here you are showing off your handsome Halloween costume for her.
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Hayden was a little nervous with Grandma at first because last week we dropped him off to her in
Utah and went to Hawaii for a week without him. The first few days she was here, he wouldn't let
me out of his sight! He was a nervous wreck that we were going to leave him again.
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Here is is with his presents from Cousin Ev. My sis-in-law Ali and Evan also came over just for Hay's
birthday from their trip to see another friend here in the good state of Missouri. It was so fun to
have them here to celebrate. I feel so bad I didn't get any cute pics of Hay and Evan together.
They sure do love each other!

HAWAII
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Two weeks ago, we also had the incredible opportunity to go to Hawaii! It was amazing to spend
a whole week, just Nate and I, and what better place than in Hawaii! Nate and his friend Trevor
won a research competition in school so they had to present at the national ADA convention which
just happened to be in Hawaii this year. Trevor's wife Ashley and I just had to tag along and we
had the best week!
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This night we went on a dinner cruise out of the ocean. The sunset was absolutely breathtaking
and the views of the Big Island were amazing. It was such a great night.
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Nate and Trevor at the ADA Convention in front of their poster.
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At the awards banquet that night the Trevor and Ashley.
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This is one of the many beautiful views that we saw that we just had to capture.
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This was at Haunama Bay where we went snorkling with Trevor and Ashley.
There were so many fish it was crazy!
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Nate and I also went to Pearl Harbor one morning. What an amazing experience - to stand over
the USS Arizona and know that over 900 men lost their lives there was just overwhelming to me.
It definitely gave me a newfound respect for our service men and women.
If you are ever there, please go.
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Sadly, Fatty's Chinese Kitchen had been closed down, so we couldn't enjoy their delicacies!
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Some of the beautiful flowers that my friend Ashley captured in Hawaii.
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We also went to the Polynesian Cultural Center with Trevor and Ashley. We took a shuttle over
to the Temple, but sadly, they are doing renovations on it and it is closed for the next year. The
lights weren't even on! What a bummer!
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Ashley and I and Nate and Trevor at the PCC.
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Nate and Trevor dancing it up at the Tahiti presentation.
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The new night show at the PCC is incredible! I loved every second of it.
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Look at the size of this snail! We saw this little guy at the temple along with about 20 others.
They were everywhere!
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Here is Nate body surfing. Our hotel was right on the beach at Waikiki and it was so fun to look
out your hotel room window and see the waves crashing in. When can I go back!?!
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One last picture of us at the hotel. We had such a great time in Hawaii and it was so great to get
away from real life for minute and just enjoy each other's company. Thanks to my Mom and Nate's
Mom for watching Hayden for us and for taking such great care of him. It was so weird to not have
anyone but myself to take care of all week! Thanks also to Trevor and Ashley for the fun week and
for all of our friends and neighbors for keeping out house standing while we were away!
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Here are just a couple of random picture that were also on my
camera that hadn't made it to the blog yet.
One of our favorite places here in KC is the Deanna Rose Farm.
It is just a cute little farm with animals, fishing, playgrounds and fun.
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Hay absolutely loves to feed the goats when we go here. He isn't the least bit scared of them!
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Here is my latest DIY project. I picked up this chair at the local Goodwill for $7.00 and
painted and recovered the cushion. I think it turned out pretty cute.
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Here are two of my cute boy.
This is his new favorite place to sit - up on the arm of the couch.
He just relaxes up there and watches Barney whenever I let him.
He also loves to help me cook. Here we were making Banana Bread and he wanted a taste.
Bring on the salmonella!
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Last but not least, a few weeks ago Nate and I also went to a Chiefs game.
It was so fun because our seats were on the 3rd
row and Nate had a perfect view of the game and I had a perfect view of the cheerleaders.
We were both happy!
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4 comments:

The McKinleys said...

what a fun update! you guys have the cutest little family. hayden is absolutely adorable.

kate, THANK YOU so much for the adorable wipe case!! i love it. i've been meaning to send a thank you card, but until then, thanks again. it is much appreciated :)

also, that chair you re-did looks so good. i would love to learn how to re-upholster furniture...

briaddie said...

Your pics of Hawaii were awesome! You have got it figured out! (meaning the camera!!) Hayden was so cute and I loved the glittery scull? Was that another good find? Loved the chair too. Miss you all!

briaddie said...

PS - that was Ali in case you didn't know?

Colten and Melissa Rogers said...

Looks like you guys are keeping pretty busy! How fun... Happy Late Birthday Hayden!