[This is written by me but it is supposed to represent Caden's perspective. We started the day at a retreat in Miango.]
Today is my 2nd birthday- I don't know what that means, but everyone kept wishing me a Happy Birthday so it must be a good thing!
6:30 I am awake. I ™m not in my own bed so I cry out for my mommy. Here she comes ¦yeah! Wait, she takes me in to their room (it's not their normal room either). She puts me on their bed. Daddy and Mommy want to sleep longer but not me, I am ready to play!
6:45 Mommy changes my pants ¦they are very wet so I am glad for dry ones. Then she gives me my juice ¦I love having juice in the morning!!
7:00 I am playing with my cars and motorcycle. I want to go outside but mommy and daddy won't let me ¦they are so mean sometimes ¦they just want to stay in and do things. They keep putting all my things in bags.
7:30 We finally go outside!! A guy comes out of the door next to ours and sings me a song ¦it's that Happy Birthday phrase. It's a nice song but I just want to run! I run over to Noah's room. He is outside with a box of army men. We take handfuls of army men and put them on the porch. I like to pick different colors of army men out of the box.
8:00 We take a long walk. At some point Daddy picks me up ¦I guess I am walking too slow. But there are so many things to see and do: red rocks to pick up, trees to look at, catapillars to find ¦how can they expect me not to stop along the way.
8:05 We are in the big room where we eat but I just want to be outside! Let me go out please! I try to sneak away but Daddy catches me.
8:15 Oh ¦I am hungry ¦I am eating ¦eggs! I love eggs! Mommy also gives me some toast but I don't want it so I throw it on her plate.
8:30 I give mommy my plate. I am done eating. I want down NOW ¦did you hear me? I want to get down NOW so I can play!
9:00 We are back in our room. Mommy and Daddy are still putting things into bags and then taking the bags to the car. I just want to be outside. Please, won't someone let me go outside? I try to sneak out the door but mommy makes it so it won't open. Oh, just let me out!
10:00 Mommy takes me back to the big room where we eat but no one is there. So, we go OUTSIDE! Yeah! Oh no, mommy leaves me with a lady who I ™ve been with a few times this weekend. Don't go Mom! Mom, don't go. If I cry, maybe they ™ll take me to her.
10:15 Sure enough, the crying works and I am now with Daddy and Mommy. People are singing. I don't want to sing, I just want to play. Mommy leaves but I ™m with Daddy so all is good.
10:20 Juice!! Crackers!! I can handle this ¦my car, my motorcycle ¦life is good!
10:30 Won't someone let me go so I can walk around? Oh, this is good, I can go upstairs! No, there is a man blocking the way. I just want to go upstairs.
10:45 I ™ve had enough. If I ™m loud they will take me outside. Mom, Mom, Mom, I want to go outside! Dad gets up, here we go! I win, I win, I win!
11:00 Oh ¦one of the big kids left their bike outside ¦I want to ride it. No, daddy says no ¦but I want to ¦waaaaahhhhh, I cry. But this time it doesn't work!
12:00 We are back in the big room where we eat and I am hungry. Feed me! Mommy gets me chicken but mine isn't too good. Her's looks better. Can I sit in your lap, mom? Thanks ¦your chicken is better! Yum!
1:00 We are outside again! Yeah!! But they want me to walk faster ¦I just want to play. The big kids are playing ball ¦can't I join them?
1:45 I climb into the car to get in my seat.
1:50 Oh ¦I ™m tired ¦. [asleep]
3:30 I ™m awake and ready to get out of the car. Oh, I see our gate ¦yeah, we are home! Where is Stephanie? There she is! Where are the boys? I am ready to play, play, play.
4:00 Mommy is in the kitchen doing something and daddy is in the living room doing something ¦they are both too busy for me. Daddy ¦Daddy ¦play with me. What's this, he wants me to take something to mommy? I can do that? More daddy, give me more to take! A book, a piece of cardboard, another book, what else can I take her?
4:15 I ™m hungry. There are chips in that bowl up there ¦can I reach it? Yes! Mommy didn't see me ¦I ™m going to take this bowl with me. I made it all the way to our apartment! Let's see, can I open it? I ™m trying ¦ oops! All the chips just fell out of the bowl and onto the floor. Oh ¦if I step on them they make a fun sound ¦crunch, crunch, crunch!
4:17 Daddy figures out what I am doing ¦he wants me to clean it up but I just want to play. Hey, wait a minute, where are we going? It's not fair that they can just pick me up and move me whenever they want! My room? I don't want to be in my room!
4:20 O.K. I ™ll clean up the chips ¦just let me out! Thanks, dad.
5:30 Outside! We are outside! David, Stephanie and I are walking around in the backyard. Look at all the flowers. They smell so good! Oh, there is a board up there I can pick up ¦.I ™ll run up the hill and get it. Look at this piece of wood ¦it's like a sword ¦I ™m going to get Hansol with it. I love being outside.
5:45 I climb into the van to get into my seat. Where are we going?
6:00 We get out of the car and go into a place where we sometime eat. I get to sit in a really tall chair here. But I don't want to be in the chair. I am hungry ¦won't someone feed me?
6:30 Finally, some food! I stuff French fries and fish in my mouth ¦yum! How much can I get into my mouth?
7:30 We are back at home and my friend Noah has come over, as well as his brother, sisters, mom and dad. A few other people are here too. Mom sits me in my chair and gives me all these things wrapped in pretty paper! They put a box with on the table ¦wait, MeeMaw and PawPaw! I can see them ¦and they are talking to me and smiling. How cool is that!
7:45 Mom brings this colorful, yummy looking cake over. Then she uses this stick to put a flickering light on another stick. I try to touch the light ¦ouch, that's hot! My friends all gather and they sing that song again. Then, they tell me to blow but I don't know what they mean. All of sudden I feel everyone around me blowing and the hot flicker is gone. Finally, they cut me a piece of the cake and I stuff it in my mouth! Yum!!!
8:30 I am so tired. Finally I get to crawl into my bed and sleep.