Friday, June 30, 2017

The Fort

On my way home from taking S and K to the eye doctor I got a text from you, T. It said, "I have a surprise for you when you get home."

I had S text you back that I was excited to see it.
You had carefully constructed out of almost all the cardboard we had, a fort.
We tend to have an inordinate amount of recyclable cardboard boxes.  I think you kidlets look at them as a craft-orunity (a crafty opportunity).
That night you were still so excited about it that you slept in it, except that it kind of fell apart.  You still loved it.  You even saw shooting stars!
Love you, my T!  You are such a good boy! I am so grateful for you!  You have such a kind voice and are able to make us all laugh. You love to hear K say cute things--and can be quite the tease.  Thank you for the surprise!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Setbacks and Grit

R, you went to your first "job" today.  You were so excited.  But, it was a test day, you had to pick 25 pounds of blueberries per hour to keep your job.  By the end of your six hour day, you'd picked 100 pounds.  You knew right away that you hadn't picked enough.

You were disappointed that you didn't succeed in keeping the job, but I have to tell you how proud I was of you!  You were cheerful and I saw you were working hard.  You were thankful for the opportunity even if you didn't get as much as you wanted to.

You are my right hand boy and I really appreciate your hard work, determination and help.


This last year of school was a challenge. You did online school in the fall of last year so you could stay home and help me before JJ was born.  You kept K safe and did many tasks around the house so I could stay relaxing on bed rest.  You cleaned and got me food.  Which is saying something, especially of today's 13-year-olds.

School kind of went a bit on the back burner and you didn't give it your normal focus.  But you were so helpful and determined to help and protect me, your mom, and our family.

Then after I had JJ I wasn't supposed to lift anything for six weeks. Again you were there to lift, move about and help.

Online school, particularly math, expected you to find a lot of the information you were studying on the internet--where we all know information is not entirely correct or accurate and may or may not match what is in the classes or there would not be many good examples of accomplishing goals.

You got back into offline public school in January and then the entire winter our family took turns getting super sick.  Because you were gone a lot, the teachers were not very optimistic about your grades.  Then the last few weeks of school you started going in early two to three times a week to catch up.  I was so proud of you! You caught up and your grades showed it.

You know my favorite movie Meet the Robinsons where the Robinson family celebrates the failure of Louis.  They do a great musical number of "Keep moving forward."

Then at the very end a great quote from Walt Disney states:
"Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long.

We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious... and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."

So you are going to keep moving forward, setting new goals, failing greatly, and succeeding.  You've got a bright future ahead of you!  I am so proud of you and you are love love loved! You've got grit, son!  You'll be able to do whatever you put your mind to, eventually!  You can do hard things!

Monday, June 26, 2017

My New Best Friend


I have a new best friend.
He's always proud of me.
He loves to listen, sing and dance
When together, there is glee.

He loves to hear me talk.
He stops to hear me sing.
When I'm gone, he'll start to cry.
What sadness that can bring.

But when I come back his joy is full.
He'll leap into my arms.
What took so long is often asked.
I guess he likes my charms.

This boy, this boy,
You'll often hear me say
Drives me wacky, makes me smile
He's stolen my heart all away.

He may be small,
But he is bold.
Mom's his favorite.
Mom is gold!

My poetry is not the finest, but I don't mind. It brought a smile to my lips as I was thinking it out tonight after putting you to bed, JJ.  You are a such a joy to me!  I adore your gleeful smiles and the way you crawl to me, lunge toward me, pinch others until you're in my arms, and the way you help me feel--desperately needed and cherished. I love this stage when whining is not an option because you can't talk just yet.  Though you do a convincing "Mmm" when you're loving what you're eating.  I am going to record  your crawling because I just don't want to forget.  Each stage with you is so precious and I've put aside my recording and photos for a lot of it just to take it all in.  In the photo above you are actually pushing off S to get to me. You take your job as my best friend very seriously. You even bat other people away when they try to get to you.  You howl at church if someone else other than me (and okay, dad too) hold you.  You try to hold every gadget and gizmo--particularly electronics.  You are trying so hard to learn to scroll. I can't get over how fast you're growing.  I love you so dearly, my little miracle boy!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Eye Dentist

Dear K:

This morning was a sweet experience with you. It was the first official day of summer vacation.

It began when I swept you out of bed, completely garbed in your Moana costume, of course.  We dashed out to the car and hurried to the eye doctor.

I thought it was funny when they kept saying we were early because I was certain we were a bit late.

I kept telling you as I filled out the paper work. They're going to check your eyes and play a game where you have to figure out what things are.  You'll love it!

They took S back and we followed behind and watched as they did tests games with her and then they did them with you. You felt so grown up doing the same things as S. Let's admit that almost everything S does is done with a smile looks and sounds fun because of her catchy enthusiasm.

Then we went into the dark room for the test.  You watched carefully as S was tested on which letters she could see and there was a huge grin on your face the entire time.

Then, oh joy, it was your turn.  Let the games begin!

"What do you see?" Dr. Adams asked.

"A duck."
"A horse."
"A house."
"A hand."
"A cake."

Big grins beaming from your face.  You got every answer correct.  You wanted to hold the pirate patch with a handle.  You wanted to see the reflecting thing.


"Good." "Yes, that's right." The doctor replied.

"Does the horse of something on him?"
"A guy," you answered.
"Are there candles on the cake?"
"Yes," you affirmed.

She swept through all the questions and then Dr. Adams said, "You're all done. You and your sister have perfect vision."

Hip, hip, hooray!

We drove off to get some breakfast. I looked down at the clock. It gleamed a bright 9:47.  Our appointment was supposed to be at 9:30 and we'd accidentally come at 8:30.  They didn't say a word other than, "You're a bit early" and fit us right in.  So nice!

Then K,  you said with delight and glee, "Let's go again!"

You've talked to me about it several times today and tonight you exclaimed with determination, "We need to go see the eye dentist again."

I am so proud of you, sweet girl!  I love you so much!!