The Rainbow Sports Shoot, Kevin’s 6th Birthday Dedication
I’m a little late in posting both my children’s birthday dedications but it’s better late than never because they are one of the most important sessions I shoot each year. Kevin hit the Big “6” on April 12 and it just seems life gets busier the older he gets. Thus, why it is even more important to take some time to reflect on the past year. Keeping with tradition, the letter below serves as my reflection of Kevin at age 6.
This past year has brought many milestones; the greatest being the leap into kindergarten and a move into a new home. Like most new experiences, you greeted it with little hesitation. We moved the same week you started school. What might have caused understandable stress was handled with the same “go with the flow” attitude you portray with many new experiences. There is no question, it was much harder for me to watch you board that bus for the first time then it was for you to climb those steps. I couldn’t be prouder of the person you are becoming.
This year, I asked you what you wanted to do for your annual birthday shoot. Now that you are 6, you have a good handle on your likes and dislikes so I wanted you to have some input into this. Having watched the completion of your sister’s rainbow shoot (Click here to view), you stated you wanted to do a rainbow shoot too. But with a twist. You were eager to throw out the idea of a sports theme shoot with jerseys to match the colors of the rainbow. Pretty perfect considering how much you cherish all your sports gear and your increasing obsession with all things sports. I loved it. But I do think you secretly used it as an excuse for me to purchase all your favorite team jerseys.
That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed spending this time with you one on one and capturing year 6 behind the camera. What follows is my dedication to the list of traits that is all you at this age. The little snippets that warm my heart that I never want to forget as I learn what it means to be your mom. These are the gifts you give to me, the true beauty of sharing a life with a greater part of myself.
Red: Boston Red Sox. Dedicated to your love of all things sports of course! You saw your first Red Sox game in person last Spring. A wonderful memory your father and I shared with you. This past year has been spent running around between baseball, football and basketball practices and games. It has officially started and you couldn’t be happier. You are already a standout and one of the fastest players I have seen at your age. Your teacher has even commented on your passion at recess. And it’s not just that you love to play, you love to practice. By choice, you will spend hours shooting hoops, playing catch, hitting pitches, running passes any chance you get. Your father is always your favorite teammate.
Orange: Miami Hurricanes. Dedicated to your focus and determination. You are intense. Whether it is assembling legos, practicing sports, playing games or making your bed, you strive to be a perfectionist. You hate losing. Card games are fun when the full on melt down ensues after the last Uno card is placed and it’s not yours. However, as focused and determined you may be; you also clearly enjoy being silly and love to pull a good prank.
Yellow: Kyle Busch-Nascar. Dedicated to your love of all those special toys. You are such a boy! Cars, trains, planes, legos, you name it! You love your collections and can spend hours with them. You are not a child that needs to be entertained. Legos and Star Wars, in particular, have been a large draw this year. It amazes me as to your determination in completing these sets and following the movies. Legos have taken over half the kitchen and you are learning the importance of keeping them up off the floor when batman went missing thanks to our new puppy, Winnie. You sleep with 7 blankets (Red Sox, Bruins, Patriots, Paw Patrol, School, Ball and most importantly, Polka blankie) and you have to be completely under the covers (or as you call it “in the cave”) inorder to fall asleep.
Green: Boston Celtics. Dedicated to your eating choices and patterns, which have definitely expanded and retracted this past year. Hamburgers continue their reign as the first place choice while you now completely detest milk, cheese and yogurt. School has brought the option of hot lunch but this is only acceptable on pizza, hamburger and pancake days. Peanut butter and jelly usually wins out most days. You love to eat out and would probably choose Maddens, the Irish Pub down the road, as your favorite place to go. The burgers and the music can’t be beat.
Blue: New England Patriots. Dedicated to you gorgeous blue eyes and infectious smile. That smile will open more doors for you than you know. You have a positive energy and enthusiastic sense towards life. Despite a quieter manner, you are anything but shy. You always have a story to tell and this year in particular asked a lot of “why” questions. You are expanding by leaps and bounds and can now read short stories. I am blown away at how much smarter you have gotten over this past year. Equally important, you are a good friend and understand playing fair, even if this means sharing a new lego set with your sister. You play so well together and even as your social world expands, she truly is your best friend.
Black: Boston Bruins. Dedicated to your idea of fashionable. I could spend hours and thousands on the cutest clothes for you only to have your idea of dressed up include Nike windpants and a sports jersey. I realize I shot myself in the foot with this shoot because literally everyday since taking these pictures; you have worn one of these jerseys. On the rare chance you have to dress up, that means jeans and a button down shirt that will only stay on your body for the time of the intended purpose. You want comfy and clearly am not happy with anything else. I don’t fight it anymore, as I know how excited you get to wear your favorite teams.
Happy 6th birthday to a boy who is all of the above and a whole lot more. I have so loved witnessing these milestones over the past year. I am looking forward to seeing what this next year brings and hoping it doesn’t pass too quickly.
With Much Love Always,