Seems impossible that it's been 9 years since I awaited our sweet Kaden's birth in the middle of a subzero Minnesota snowstorm.
Saturday we celebrated 9 years of joy this boy has brought into our family. Mommy Dana created some of her special cookies for the party.
With the weather being nasty and a crowd of 28 coming, Kaden's party was held in our church's Ministry Center.
Kelsey demonstrated her amazing hula hoop skills!
Daniel and his charming Papaw always make me smile!
Dana's Grandma Ellen is amazing! She seems to be getting younger instead of older!
This is Sarah, Kaden's cousin from the other side of the family...
My granddaughter Kassie (in the middle) with her Tomaw cousins Olivia and Sarah. You can definitely tell they are related!
All eyes on Kaden as he opened his gifts....
...and he thoroughly enjoyed the limelight!
Oladipo! Our favorite Pacer!
Kaden received many wonderful gifts and he was very appreciative. I love it that he reads the cards out loud...
Surrounded by his 15 cousins, all under the age of 11 years old...quite a crew of littles!
Lucy loves her Aunt Dana's cookies...
...and so does little Eli.
Our own special entertainment...Karter wowed us with his magic card tricks.
Yep, that's the right card! How did he do that???!!!
Take a bow! Great performance!
"Papaw, you're a stinkywink!" Lucy says with dancing eyes!
The hula hoops were a hit, with almost everyone trying their hand at it.
Little J was the cutest...after watching the other kids do it, he figured out the techinique. He put the hoop over his head, dropped it on the floor, then wiggled his hips! Adorable!!!
Lucy was pretty adorable herself. A little more practice and she'd have it mastered! I'm thinking Gramaw knows what she's getting Lucy-girl for her birthday in April....
Kim grabbed my camera for this embarrassing moment. I used to be a great hula-hooper, but those days are long gone, I'm afraid....
And, of course, a little hoops competition. Emily has still got her 3-point touch...
Kaden ups the ante...
Not sure who won, but we've got some mighty competitors in this bunch!
Kyler is always looking for someone to get rowdy with...and Krew loved it!
So much fun to celebrate with family!
Our sweet Kaden.