Although our 8 1/2-year-old grandson Kaden DOES love Christmas (what child doesn't?!), I'm talking about his very FAVORITE season of the year.
Kaden is a 3rd-grader,...
...and this is his first year on a team with his classmates.
Kaden's daddy/my son Kristoffer (on left) is coaching these boys who are just beginning their Raider basketball careers.
Kaden is naturally athletic, but I will tell you that he puts in a LOT of hours playing basketball all by himself.
He just loves the game...and it shows!
A few shots of our Kado doing his basketball thing...
No one can ever accuse Kaden of lack of determination and intensity....
Coach Kristoffer encouraging from the sidelines. He does a great job with these young ball players!
Kaden was in on this basketball scramble from the beginning...that's his gold jersey on the floor...
D-ing it up!
This squad from big, bad Muncie was just a little too big and strong and physical for our team, but Kaden played his heart out!
Who says basketball is a non-contact sport???
Kaden's big smile is genuine when he's holding a basketball in his hand.
He's waited all year.