I can’t believe she’s 2

Took the day off of work today to spend it with Renee and Kayla for Kayla’s second birthday. It’s so hard to believe that it’s been 2 years since the big tomato dinner with Brad and Karin that sent Renee into labor only hours after the last of the 8 courses. Yet again, on August 25, here we are roasting tomatoes and finding ourselves incredibly lucky and blessed to have such a wonderful young person in our lives everyday. Her smile is infectuous, her words and sentences (and demands) becoming clearer every day, like, “Daddy, more cheese pasta” referring to more grated Parm for her angel hair. Or that while talking to Bari tonight, she had no trouble connecting her voice to the name and that although James was out for a run, Kayla kept asking to talk to him during her call with Bari.

I know Renee and I lived a wonderfuly fun life before 8/25/03, but the joy we’ve had since then has compounded every day, taking a small and wonderful baby growing her into a person with more determination than Renee and me combined.

Kayla, we love you. Happy 2nd Birthday from your Mommy and Daddy!