Okay so I'm a day late on writing a post about Aidan. He actually turned 7 yesterday, but I was so busy running back and forth to doctor's offices (for the kids) and school that I just didn't have the time...bad mom, I know!
But, wow! I still can't believe Aidan is 7. Where did the time go? I still remember 7 years ago being on maternity leave from work and wondering what my firstborn would look like. How his little personality would develop. (Both Rick and I were told we were mellow, easy babies so we thought for sure Aidan would be too...ha, ha, ha were we in for it.)
I remember walking around Costco on the late afternoon of the 20th and having to stop every few minutes because my contractions had started. Then driving to the hospital later that evening while my mom was driving up from Santa Maria to be there after Aidan arrived. (She had no idea we had already gone to the hospital when she arrived at our house late that night.)
When Aidan was finally born I was amazed at how beautiful he was and thinking, I'm a mother now and what the heck have I gotten myself into. I had always wanted a child with blue eyes thinking I would never get one since Rick and I both have brown eyes and with Rick's coloring. But our little Aidan is our beautiful blue-eyed, blond haired boy and we love him like crazy.
I could never imagine our world without him even at his most colicky moments as an infant. And thinking a year ago last May we were going to lose him when he was having his seizure in our car and we just couldn't get to the fire station fast enough.
Aidan brings so much joy to our lives and we're so glad he is a part of our family forever! We love you Aidan!
Now on to his birthday party. He had a great time with his friends and the magician we hired. The magician was fabulous and us adults stood stunned half the time trying to figure out how he did most of his tricks. Here's a slide show of some of the highlights:
Today is Aidan's first day of school as a 1st grader and unfortunately at a new school. Thankfully he has several friends in our neighborhood to walk to the school bus with, but no one he knows in his class. He's a trooper though. Although as I'm sitting here typing this I'm sure he's as nervous as he can be in his classroom.
Here are some pictures of Aidan and 2 of his friends from his ABCK club/bike posse walking to the school bus. I have to say Brady was so cute when the bus actually arrived, he kind've corralled Aidan onto the bus. Knowing Brady he also helped him find where to line up for school.
Brady(farthest), Aidan and Keegan
Brady (2nd grade), Kellen, Aidan (1st grade), Keegan (kindergarten), Juliana waiting for the bus.
Brady and Aidan getting on the bus.
I can't wait to hear how his day went and about the new friends he met at school. Wow, it's still hard for me to believe that 7 years ago I was starting my maternity leave from Ariba and anxiously awaiting the arrival of Aidan. So much has changed in all our lives and time has just flown by.
A 14er club, you ask? What does that mean? Well if you're not from Colorado or familiar with Colorado/mountaineering terminology it means Rick's climbed a mountain peak (actually two of them in one day) which is over 14,000 feet above sea level. There are 54 peaks in Colorado alone which are at or over 14,000 ft. I have a goal to climb some 14er's, but definitely NOT the two Rick climbed...well maybe Mt. Bierstadt, but not both. I'll explain why and you'll see in the pictures too.
Our neighbor Vint, who happens to be Chase's dad (a member of the ABCK club or the bike posse) and in our ward took the Young Men (teenage boys in our church) on a climb up to Torrey's and Gray's Peak. They're 2 more of the 14er's in Colorado and much easier to climb than Mt. Bierstadt and Mt. Evans which Rick and Vint climbed yesterday. Anyway, Vint now has the bug and Rick of course has the bug too to climb some 14er's so they both decided to conquer Mt. Bierstadt and Mt. Evans. Rick told me in order to climb both they have to pass the sawtooth. Okay, what the heck is that? And I'm SOOOO glad I didn't really know what it entailed I would've been worried sick about them the whole time they were gone. (See the slide show to see what I mean.) Sherri, Vint's wife told me it's a class 3 climb, which once again being a new Coloradoan I had no idea what that really meant. I kind've understood it meant it was hard, but not death defying. Of course when Rick returns he tells me some guy fell off the sawtooth last year and died. Nice, once again, I'm so glad I didn't know all this before they left.
Here are some pictures of Aidan doing some jumps in the dirt lots next to us. This is how he and the ABCK club spend their days. (My neighbor who lives in the green house behind Aidan calls them the bike posse.)
We had a great, relaxing, fun-filled 4th of July. And it included NO TRAFFIC! We went swimming, met up with some friends at the pool, came home, ran down to a neighbor's house so the kids could play on their waterslide.
Trekked up our street, gathered our BBQ, food and goodies and walked over to our other neighbor's house to BBQ and start the fireworks.
I remember as a child growing up here we always had such a blast on the 4th of July. Why? Because friends and family would gather on our street to let off fireworks. I didn't realize how much I missed those days until last night when friends and neighbors gathered on our cul-de-sac to eat dinner, visit and enjoy letting off fireworks. No more having to drive somewhere to watch a big fireworks show. Although the town of Castle Rock does offer a big show, but who wants to be stuck in traffic all night? No thanks! After our own little grand finale we noticed a big fireworks show off in the distance so we enjoyed the best of both worlds. What's better than that?
(Unfortunately my pictures of our fireworks weren't so great. Too dark and far away with my camera and by the end of the day my feet were killing me so I wasn't about to get up and get a closer shot...sorry...gotta just picture it in your minds.)