Friday, August 31, 2012

Summer Review: My Birthday

Oh, internet, I have so much to tell you.  Summer has flown by, so I will try to work my way back to document all that we've been up to.  

My birthday started with figuring out how to get three kids to three different fields at the same time.  Thank goodness for grandmas.

We are going to have our share of overlapping game times this fall.  I hate that because I hate missing any of their games.  Mike took Kiki, Grandma Jones took Drew and I took Bev.  She was so excited to get back to soccer, and back to playing goalie.  She got absolutely no action at the goal, so after the first half, she played the field.

One of my favorite things to do with Mike and the kids is to hike.  We haven't gone much this year, so after church we hiked to Bells Reservoir on the Granite Trail in Little Cottonwood Canyon.  It was a scorcher on the way up, but we had some cloud cover on the way down.

The kids played in the water and beach.  I love watching them use their imaginations.  Christian got a stick spear and was in a battle with the ducks.  Drew told Bev he would pay her to catch a duck.  Jessi perched on a rock and posed like a mermaid.

It was a great couple of days with my favorite people.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

week 31

I got behind for a few weeks, so I am catching up on my Project Life.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

there's a teenager in the house

My firstborn is now 13.  I am sitting here trying to figure out where the time has gone.  I feel a little torn about this growing up business.  I have loved him being a kid, but I really think this adolescent thing is going to be a blast.

My firstborn is now 13.  I am sitting here trying to figure out where the time has gone.

His dreams came true and he got a Kindle.  He is already using it a little too much and I am realizing that it is going to be tricky figuring out if he is reading or playing Angry Birds.  Mike and I spent the next evening getting all the parental controls set up.

He got breakfast in bed and I did the unthinkable--I got him McDonald's.

We surprised him with 13 presents--Mockingjay pin, favorite candy bars and gum, clothes, keychain, gift card and a new trapper keeper for middle school (I'm in denial that he is starting middle school.)

On his birthday, I dropped him and Bev off at Classic for three hours of fun.

We did his birthday dinner (a day late) at Cheesecake Factory.  Cousin Courtney joined us.

13 things we love about this kid

He is in that really fun in-between time where he is starting to "get" adult humor, and he still plays with Legos.

He is sensitive.  He loves babies and animals and he watches out for his mama.

He still (and always will) lets me snuggle him.

He is a saver and hard worker.

He is funny.  He is always quoting something or making hilarious observations.

He has this great, contagious laugh.

He sets a good example for us.

He is smart.

He has good character.  He is honest and polite and wants to follow Jesus Christ.

He is supportive and encouraging and always giving compliments.

He is grateful.

He gets excited about things--little things and big things.

His expressive face.  Since he was a baby his face tells it all--excitement, anger, sadness, happiness.