If you're a regular reader of my blog, I'm sure you've realized that my family LOVES traditions! And this past week, we...or rather KADEN....was able to be part of one of my mom's favorite traditions. Whenever her grandkids start Kindergarten, she takes them out on a "backpack date" to buy a brand new backpack for school and then out to lunch. Kaden was able to go on his backpack date this week and had SO MUCH FUN. I have to admit....I have this weird thing with "character stuff." You know...shoes, clothes, backpacks, etc. with characters like Spiderman, Batman, etc. etc. etc. on them. I just don't care for them. I really feel that when we go to school, we should look our best.....dressed nice (not necessarily dressed UP....but dressed NICE)...hair done.....spray of cologne....etc. LOL! (That last one makes people laugh, but I've actually bit dabbing a titch of cologne on Kaden since he was a toddler. Now it's just part of the routine!) Anyway.....therefore, I've always just thought those types of clothes are a little cheesy and not appropriate for school. SO....having said that, you can imagine that I was a little worried to let Kaden go with his Oma without me there to coach him on what backpack to get....to stear him away from the corny plastic-y ones.
And then......I realized something. That is really dumb. Good grief. Does it really matter? If what he wants more than anything is the cheesy character backpack, then he should have it. I don't want him to come to me someday and say, "Ya know Mama...you were a really great mom, but my childhood really would have been perfect if you had let me have that Spiderman backpack." LOL! I know that's ridiculous....but in a way, you never really know how much that will mean..and for how long. He's only a little kid ONCE!! And seriously...is it really that bad for a LITTLE KID to walk around with a superhero backpack? I really should be SUPPORTING it. Spiderman and all of the other superheroes are good people that fly around SAVING PEOPLE and DOING GOOD all the time. Heck...what mother WOULDN'T want that type of role model on her child's backpack?! LOL! I have issues. LOL! Anyway...I'm over it and I decided to let go and let Kaden pick the backpack that he wanted most....the one he couldn't live without. And he actually surprised BOTH me and my mom. Kaden ALWAYS talks about Spiderman...so we were SURE he would pick a Spiderman one. Nope. He first really loved a camouflage one (which, by the way, would have been MY choice for him....for the record. LOL!) and had it on his back and was ready to head out when he passed another one and stopped. My mom said he pointed right at it and said, "Nope...THAT'S IT! That's the one." My mom was surprised to see that he was pointing at a Batman backpack....when Kaden has never even really MENTIONED Batman before. She kept saying, "Are you sure?" He would NOT be swayed...THAT was the backpack. And ya know what? It's seriously freakin' cool! It really is a very cool backpack with the canvas backpack material in some areas and then this cool black textured leather everywhere else. And even that dorky bat is really cool. LOL! But what made it even MORE AWESOME was just seeing the look on Kaden's face when he was wearing it. THIS was the best backpack ever according to Kaden. What a silly mom I am to have almost robbed him of that. Oh well....live and learn, right? So am I going to run out and buy him clothes to match? Mmm..probably not. But I might think twice about it now! ;-)
Oma really spoiled Kaden and he was in HEAVEN! Because they got a pretty good deal on the backpack, my mom let him choose a toy. Kaden chose Power Rangers gloves and a spy phone thingey. LOL! He has been wearing those gloves ALL WEEK!!!! (Oops..the thumb of one of the gloves is right over his eye. LOL! Oh well.) She also bought him a pencil case, pencils to share with his friends, a Spiderman wallet....with MONEY in it...and more. They even picked out a wallet and a fun ice cream cone toy for little Seneca. They had so much fun. And after the store, they ate lunch and played at Carl's Junior. On the way home, Kaden sat in the back holding all of his fun new prizes. My mom said that it was quiet for a little bit and then suddenly he let out a loud sigh. My mom said, "Are you tired now Kaden?" And Kaden answered, "No. That's just the smile sound." LOL! How cute is that?! Oh my gosh. He was seriously SUCH a happy little kid. I can totally see him sitting in the back of the car SMILING at all of his stuff when he said that. Oh yay. I'm so glad he had so much fun and has a cool backpack that he loves so much. THANK YOU MOM, for taking Kaden out for such a fun day.
A few more little funny things about Kaden that I have to share....seriously, he is such a priceless little kid. While I had my white backdrop out and was taking pics of my visiting teaching "happy things" that I posted last night, Kaden asked if I would take a picture of his Power Ranger stuff. I totally thought he just meant for me to take a picture of HIM with his things. No...he walked over to my backdrop and seriously ARRANGED his toys and then stood back for me to take pictures of them. LOL!!!! So cute. So...TA DA...here is the picture of Kaden's toys....
OK...one last thing before I take off. This one makes me giggle each time I have told anyone this week. LOL! It's seriously so funny - probably MORE funny had you actually BEEN THERE. LOL! Anyway....Sundays are usually kind of a nightmare for us. I won't beat around the bush...they are really, really hard. Seneca just does NOT sit still and it's just...well....stressful. Anyway...for some reason, this past Sunday, BOTH of our kids were AWESOME! They really were GREAT. No idea why. Anyway....during the Sacrament, Kaden did get a little antsy and was talking quite a bit. I had him on my lap and I hugged him close to me and said, "Kaden bud, during the Sacrament, it's time for us to be reverent and think about Jesus." He sat there with his arms folded for a sec and then leaned right up to my ear and whispered, "But Mama....I would rather think about sharks." ROFL! I seriously had the hardest time not laughing. I'm pretty sure that even Jesus was smiling at that comment. So cute. Anyway...so still trying to be a good mom and keep him focused, I whispered in his ear that Jesus made the sharks and we should be grateful to Him for making all of our favorite animals. LOL! It was seriously so funny...and so sweet. What a character. I seriously love my little bud!