Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Quick, Before He's Closer To Five!

Well, Jackson turned four in July and I don't think I ever did a post for him.  Here are some recent photos and a list of his favorites from August.


You are momma's passionate boy.  You know just what you want and will go after it!  While I struggle to deal with your strong will and stubborn personality, I am certain you will use them as strengths in your future.

You are a musical boy and quite theatrical.  You love to dance and sing in the mirror and especially love to sign.  I keep thinking you will lose interest but I often find you signing the whole alphabet in selfies on your phone.  It looks like that passion is here to stay.

Your teachers love you and always tell Mommy how smart you are. You can count to 100, do simple addition, and can recognize many sight words.  You can even write the color words and most days of the week independently.  You are quite studious.

You are terrified of loud noises.  Taking you to a sporting event ends in disaster every time. You spend half of a parade with your ears covered and sometimes even a restaurant can be too loud for you.

You say so many cute and funny things.  Momma's favorite is "lasteryear" which you apply to anything in the past.  Although you'll be embarrassed by this as a teen, I know you'll appreciate the humor as an adult.  So, your most recent funny saying was this as we were driving in the car:

Jackson: Mommy, do you know what I'm feeling?
Mommy: No Jackson, what are you feeling? (I thought we were about to have a good conversation)
Jackson:  It's my penis.  I'm feeling my penis right now.

Thanks for always keeping us laughing.  
We love you!


Friday, October 3, 2014


This week has been nuts!  I'm currently updating from the van while we are headed to KC.   We've been in the car for 8 hours and it's rained for about 7 of those.  We're in the home stretch though.  

I am completely exhausted from the week.  This year I am teaching 5th grade and we took the kids to Outdoor Ed. Unfortunately it was a Tuesday/Wednesday trip this year because they pass around the opportunity for the glorious Thursday/Friday trip.  We left from school at 8:30 Tuesday morning.  
The fun started with an hour long bus ride on the back of the bus. Once we arrived the kids immediately start their first session.  We split the kids into 8 groups with about 14 in each group.  Only 3 of my kids were from my class.
We had dirt boarding and forest study before lunch.  The kids loved dirt boarding.  What's not to love?  They had a blast going down the hill.  After lunch we had team building, disc golf, and fishing.  The kids were so tired by dinner. We finished the night with a campfire and songs.  

Then the worst part.  Loading kids on the busses for the LOUD drive back to school.  You'd think they would be too tired to function.  They were not.
The parents had to be at school to get the kids at 8pm and by 8:30 on Wednesday we were back on the road to camp.  Day 2 was much shorter.  We had archery, orienteering, and tree climbing.  
We all loved tree climbing but man did that harness hurt.  The kids were getting so high!

Luckily the second day the kids really were too tired to be loud.  We got back to school with just a few minutes to spare before the kids went home like they would on any day.  

The experience was fun but sucked the energy right out of me.  Thursday was spent regrouping from two days out if the classroom and getting sub plans ready.

Saturday is Baileys wedding and Jackson is the ring bearer.  Maybe I'll sleep for Christmas break!