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Morgan – Six

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“I want to play hockey.” I remember the day you told me about a year ago. We spent that final part of the winter going to the outdoor rink whenever we could on weekends so you could work on your skating, and internally I was thinking “maybe this will pass over the summer”. I played hockey as a boy, and I knew how time consuming it can become. Throughout the summer, not a word, but then on a warm day in late August you asked if you could go to open skating. Almost on queue you decided it was time to start getting ready for the season. Equipment was purchased and we started our new adventure. Hockey Player.

To say I couldn’t be prouder is an understatement. Watching you skate, I could only imagine that I was seeing exactly what my mom and dad saw when I started playing. A little boy, determined to succeed, growing stronger and stronger with every stride. You simply love to skate, and I love watching you. We’ll see where this hockey thing goes, but right now you love it.

Beyond hockey you grew a lot this year. You couldn’t be more different than your brother. No interest in Legos, Beyblades, or video games (except your hockey game), but rather you love to use your imagination. My favorite day of the week is Saturday where you and I wake up early, you ask for a cup of hot chocolate, and it’s only a matter of time until you are off imagining. Policeman, soldier, fireman, doctor, or spy, ever weekend there is an adventure waiting. It must be exciting to live your life. I know it’s exciting to watch. Thanks for being you. Every day you remind me I should be living life to it’s fullest. Thanks for being such a wonderful little boy. Happy Birthday buddy!

Morgan the hockey player
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Chasing the Puck
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Tigers – Mites (2012/2013)
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Owning the road!
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Soldier
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Brothers
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Morgan
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My favorite picture of the year. Something about it captures your soul. Congrats on turning six!
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February 22, 2013 at 5:00 am

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11.11.11

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11.11.11 ~ A year of learning.

Owen, today you turn eight on a pretty neat day (11.11.11) and, yet again, you had a fantastic year of being a kid.  You wear the burden of being the older brother perfectly and serve as a wonderful guide for your brother.  You are an independent spirit not overly interested in following the crowd, but rather in following your own interests with a degree of certainty that is amazing.  Those passions include taekwondo, video games, riding your bike, playing with your friends, legos (of course), watching Castle with Mom before you go to bed, and and every growing interest in reading.  Watching you read more and more this year has really been amazing.  You have suddenly moved from just reading words, to truly understanding what you are reading.  Just the other day, as I picked you up from school, you jumped in the car and told me you had five pages left in your book.  When we got home, you rushed to the living room to finish the book and were eager to start the next book in the series.  While simple, it’s so fun to watch the world open up to you a little more every single day!

This year:

  • After a year hiatus from your bike (after you crashed into a puddle with Poppy Tom), you rode your new Specialized HotRock like never before.  With Dad’s passion for riding, it was particularly rewarding to see you take to the freedom of your bike.
  • You told mom that you are going to be an engineer when you grow up.  Somehow, I believe that.  You have a passion for building things, understanding how things work, and a degree of precision and design in everything you build that will serve you well as you grow.
  • You continued to have a thirst for learning.  This summer we went to Chicago for the first time and it was fascinating to watch you navigate the Field Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry.  You sucked up knowledge like I’ve never seen before.

While watching all of this my love for you grows deeper every day.  I’m also glad to report that our tradition of a hug and a kiss right before bedtime continues.  It’s simply my favorite part of the day, and I hope it doesn’t stop any time soon.  I hope you know that with each of those hugs I grow prouder and prouder of the boy your are becoming.  Eight years old.  Hard to believe.  I love you Owen!  Happy Birthday buddy!

Here are my memories of your year:

Eight:  Owen, I couldn’t be prouder of you!

Eight!

Learning: Our trip to Chicago opened up new worlds to you.
Owen

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Baseball: The Ray’s went undefeated this year, with only one tie game.
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Taekwondo: You finished this year at green belt
Breaking the Board

Freedom:  Specialized HotRock.  A sweet little bike that took you to new places.  Longest Ride: 16 miles.
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Owen’s 8th Year Video:

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November 11, 2011 at 5:00 am

Posted in Family, Owen

Four

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Morgan – You’re turning four today and Mom and Dad couldn’t be prouder of the boy you are becoming.

I have so much fun watching you grow up as the youngest brother, and one of the youngest kids in the neighborhood because that’s exactly what I was when I was your age. To compare how you attack a challenge (brave and fearless) to how Owen does (careful and measured) allows me to almost see my own childhood replayed right before my eyes and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. And, while you so desperately want to do everything that your brother does, you are also very much your own person. You have a unique outlook on life and are not consumed with anything material. Rather, you choose to spend your days pursuing happiness, which can take many forms.

This year saw you learn so much. From riding your bike, to developing a love of music, to becoming a little boy that can sit and have a conversation, these years are simply amazing. As I type this, you’re letters and numbers are becoming clearer in your mind every single day. It is amazing to see the world begin to make sense to you and for you to begin to put your unique stamp up on it. Don’t every lose your happy, gentle soul because I’m certain the world is a better place because of you.

Happy Birthday Morgan. Mom, Dad, and Bro-Bro are so very proud that you are four!!

Four!
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Learning to Pedal
Learning to Pedal

Cotton Candy
Cotton Candy

Brothers
Brothers

Proof that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. When I asked you who was on the far right of this picture you said “me” (meaning Morgan). In fact, that’s your dad at a similar age. Same eyes, same cheeks, same nose, same lips, same hair. Amazing.

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February 20, 2011 at 8:15 am

Posted in Family, Morgan

Learning to Fly

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Continually amazed while watching Owen grow up and try new things. For his birthday, in November, Owen asked for a skateboard. As luck would have it we got our first snow on his birthday making for a terribly long winter as well as erasing his opportunity to get outside.

We solved that by spending New Year’s Day at the 3rd Layer Skatepark to learn a little about skateboarding.  Everyone was nervous at the start.  Owen was eager to learn, but had never skateboarded before.  Mom and Dad were nervous for their little guy to succeed.  In typcial Owen fashion, he listened carefully, started cautiously, and quickly began to build his confidence.  Progressing from standing, to pushing, and then on to larger and larger ramps Owen fought through the spills with determination and was soon traveling significant distance and steering just a bit.

Leaving the park Owen said “can we come back tomorrow?”.  We’ll see if his interest maintains, but for now we’ll be proud of our little guy for his willingness to try new things. Go Owen Go!

Owen with his teacher
Listening

An early run.
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Owen’s favorite part. Learning how to go up and down the ramp.
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Learning to fly
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Looking out at the skatepark.
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January 2, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Posted in Family, Owen

Growing Up….

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We’re settling into a routine.  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at home with Bridget’s family and then a trip to the cabin for some great time with Ray, Michelle, Nick, Delaney, Mom and Dad.  I’m pretty sure the kids will look back on these days with some pretty fond memories.  Not that we do a lot, but the time together, the memories of skating on the lake, and sledding down the hill will hopefully always remain.  Hard to believe the kids are growing up so fast, but it’s also fun to see everyone getting so independent, Morgan included!

I set out this year to capture this time through my lens and I like what I came back with.  It’s an ordinary time, but at the same time a magical time.  I’m pretty sure Mom and Dad have imagined these days for decades and it’s fun to watch them come true.

Cousins Skating on the Lake
 
Skating

Morgan
Morgie on Skates

Owen
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Delaney
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Nick
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Skating in the Sun
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Evening Skate
Winter in Hayward

Grandma and Grandpa make it all possible
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Written by craiglindner

December 29, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Posted in Family, Photography