Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The One Where The Boys Grew Up Right Before Your Eyes

I’ve been posting to this blog off and on (mostly off, lately) for seven years. That’s a long time. If one were to go back to the beginning and read through every post, my boys would literally grow up right before your eyes. When I started this blog the twins were the same age Moose is now-seven years old. They were in second grade. Still playing soccer, both in glasses, spending their last year in the same classroom. Jackson was just 4 years old. Not yet in school. A mouth full of baby teeth, finally a big brother. A sweet little brown eyed boy just starting to play soccer and basketball. Moose had just joined our family. A chubby little newborn with big blue eyes and a huge toothless grin that everyone loved.

And here we are. Seven years later.

The twins are 14. (FOURTEEN!) They are freshmen in high school. More adult than child. On the edge of making the varsity cross country team. Neither play soccer much anymore or even basketball. Once they started running, they haven’t looked back. Bryce loves business classes and debating. Jarron loves engineering and feels strongly that God is calling him to serve in youth ministry.

Jackson is 11 now. A 5th grader. Already in contacts, and starting to look more like a teenager than I’d like to admit. He’s running track for the Intermediate school and deciding on a sport for spring. He loves reading and writing-he’s in his school’s pilot program for a half day advanced placement program.

Moose is 7 now. He’s a first grader. He’s our only blonde haired, blue eyed boy. He’s so much like his daddy, it’s scary sometimes. He loves everyone-he knows no strangers. He has the kindest heart and the quickest smile. He loves reading-he’s already reading books from the 3rd grade room at school! He likes soccer, mostly because he gets to make more friends.

Yup, my boys have grown up right before your eyes.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Around Here...

1. Two weeks in a row? It feels a little streaky in here. :)

2. It snowed. Again. Because Ohio. But in more pleasant news, the Reds began Spring training this week. And vacation is just over 3 months away. (Looking on the bright side...)

3. Jackson was named Student of the Month for February at East. Super proud of him.

4. Jarron's basketball team won their first round game in the league basketball tournament. Jarron was a little bummed because this wasn't his favorite group of teammates ever and he was ready for the year to be over BUT we play on. #seasonneverends

5. Bryce and Jarron start track & field practice for Fairfield on Monday. Of course, the field is currently covered in 5 inches of snow, so that might be a problem.

6. Moose got a dog at the Build A Bear Workshop recently, and names him Mr. Wrinkles. Mr. Wrinkles now goes everywhere with us (except school). Moose chose a UK basketball uniform for his outfit. We start the brainwashing early in this family.

7. I realized this week at work that I am about 1000 times more likely to quickly work on a new project if the person requesting it is nice to me. If you are rude or condescending, to back of the line you go. There's a lot of projects back there right now. #benice

8. Our University of Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team remains undefeated at 30-0. One more regular season game. It's the most wonderful time of the year, my friends-MARCH MADNESS. #PursuitofPerfection

9. I need to stop using hashtags. But I just can't.... #can'tstopwon'tstop

Friday, February 27, 2015

Five on Friday

1. Today is my momma's birthday. I can't begin to tell you how much she means to me. I spent the first half of my life learning from her, being raised by her example. Now I get to spend this season of my life with her as my best friend. I still learn from her-how to be strong when things are harder than you can imagine, how to love unconditionally, and someday how to be the best nana in the entire world. Everyone who meets her immediately wants to be her friend because she's the kindest, most selfless person I know. I hope I am half the person she is.
Happy birthday momma, I love you.
My mom and dad with their grandsons and granddaughter

2. March Madness begins in just a few short weeks. Are you ready? I am. In case you missed it-I have won my bracket challenge at work the past 5 of 6 years. (I did not participate the year UK didn't make the tournament.) Last year, all the naysayers laughed as I picked UK to go to the national championship. Ha ha.
Also, I beat Chuck Lakes last year. Just want that on record.

3. The Lakes boys are about half way through the school year. Trying really hard not to think about the fact the twins will be FRESHMAN next year. That's just...I can't even. Jackson is finishing up his last year at East (what?!?) and will be moving to the Intermediate building in fall. And our little Moose, is finishing up Kindergarten. All four of them are excellent students-bringing home straight As and honor roll awards. Their teachers tell us how they are leaders in their class and are so kind to others. I couldn't be more proud of them.
Yup, all 4 boys are in glasses or contacts now. Sorry kids!

4. After getting next to no snow all winter, we got about a foot of it in one week. The boys were off school for 5 days in a row. It was crazy. Even they were ready to go back when it was all said and done. I think we are all ready for summer and our annual vacation to Florida.
A heart shaped snowball, love this boy.

I found Moose and Jack's snow pants AFTER this was taken. Sigh.

5. Chuck turned 40 this month. FORTY. That's like 280 in dog years. He's pretty old. :)
Just kidding. He will always be the love of my life no matter how old we both get. And I think he's pretty hot for an old guy. ;)

The kids were pretty excited about decorating the house and font yard. ALL of the neighbors knew it was his birthday. Ha ha!

Happy Friday!