Kaiman, my little angel bug as I have always called him, just turned 6 years old and I have no clue where the time has gone. As the over involved aunt who thinks she is his mom 1/2 of the time, I watched Kai with all of his buddies celebrate turning six with a swimming party and got thinking about the last 6 years and how quickly they have flown by. It literally seems like yesterday that we were doing tubby time at the Joppa house (Kai’s first house), Lindsay and I laughing hysterically at the “blow outs” on his changing table and how we used to melt over every single word that he said like “aunt Wo” or “uncle Tedda!” Don’t even get me started on the heavenly smell of his room or the way he did the worm on the floor the first time he was given M&Ms. This little boy has filled my last 6 years with so much laughter & happiness.
I remember when I found out that Linz & Haig were pregnant with Kai. I was living in Kansas City at the time and for many reasons was looking for a reason to move home. This news gave me the much needed courage to make that move and since then the blessings in my life have been pouring in. On several levels I guess, I owe Kai an enormous amount. Even though he didn’t know it, he brought me to my happy place and allowed me to not miss a minute of his life!
At 6 years old I can say with complete honestly that Kai is one of my most favorite people in the world. He is brilliant, kind, sensitive & funny; not bad for a 6 year old. Although touch and go at the beginning with Reese’s arrival, Kai has turned into a wonderful and protective older brother to boot. Riding his bike without training wheels, graduating from Kindergarten doing 2nd grade math, quickly becoming a star soccer player for the Edina riverhounds, negotiating with his mom as many play dates as he can possibly handle and in his spare time writing down the lyrics and singing New Directions “what makes you beautiful” is what this incredible little dude is up to at 6.
Happy 6th birthday Kai Murphy (Moo-fee, as he used to say it) Newton. I love you BEYOND words.