Noah, Happy birthday my awesome and adorable son. Phew, how time flies when you are having fun growing up. It literally seems like yesterday I was sitting down and writing to you on your first birthday. I do have a few things I would like you to know about the second year of your life. I want you to know that I have never been prouder to be a dad. I spent a lot of days and nights in spectacular amazement of what it is to be your dad. It has been astonishing watching you grow into the amazing child you are today. Your mother and I have worked hard to provide you with all the things you need and most of what you want. It has not always been easy but I would work twenty times harder to provide for you and your mother. Your mother is beyond remarkable when it comes to taking care of you. She continues to make sure you eat healthy meals (even when you throw your food on the floor), she worries about you even when there is nothing to worry about, she sings you silly songs and she reads 10 books every night so you can avoid going to bed. She loves you more than you will ever know.
During your second year of life you have discovered some new favorite things. Those things include Yo Gabba Gabba, The Fresh Beat Band, Cars and any motorized thing that goes vroom. You often fall asleep in the car even when we try and keep you up with our horrible singing. You love music, singing and dancing. At the moment your favorite tune is Roar by Katy Perry (I won't judge you on your taste of music yet :). You enjoy doing summersaults, hugging and wrestling Sophia (our chocolate lab and your best friend), yelling at the top of your lungs, laughing, and you really really really love your grandparents. You also get a kick out of face timing with your Aunt Kristin and Uncle Pete. You love the long walks we often go on to walk the dog, being held and cuddling with your parents in the early morning. To be honest, Noah, you are the best child anyone could really ask for or want.
Noah, I want to talk to you on your birthday about making the best of every opportunity. You are not always going to know what to do but I want you to know that with the guidance of your mom, myself and God that you will figure it out. You will be disappointed by life sometimes (just ask your grandfather and I about the Cubs and Red Sox) but I want you to follow your heart in whatever you want to do with your life. It is never to late to start something and never to late to take risks. I took the risk and followed my heart in following your mom to Virginia and I would say it has paid off better than I could have ever imagined. Follow your heart son, it is the best advice I can give you. I am going to leave you with one of my favorite quotes...
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain
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all photographs taken with Iphone 4, 5, 5s and a Canon 5d Mark 3.