Monthly Archives: May 2011

Double Digits

Happy Birthday Boy!

You’ll notice that I’m writing this a few days late.  That’s okay… we had a busy weekend celebrating your birthday.  You’re on a bit of a down cycle with your moods and I wasn’t sure how your big day was going to pan out.  The plan was to invite ZDude over to spend the night and then go to Castles ‘n’ Coasters – which quickly changed to Big Surf.  I had allowed Chickie to invite her two besties over for a sleepover on the same night.  I thought it would help to keep the girls out of your way but you weren’t too sure about that.  Sometimes mother knows best and in the case it was the right call.  I kept the girls occupied with scrapbooking while you and ZDude bounced from the Wii to Legos to basketball to the great outdoors. 

The next day you were all set to spend the day at the waterpark.  We got there just after lunch and stayed until about dinner time.  You boys spent most of the time in the giant wave pool body surfing each wave.  You’d take a break and go ride a few slides but eventually you end up back in the wave pool.  In the parking lot you commented that you could still feel the waves pushing and pulling. 

Not once did your mood get the best of you.  You were patient and kind and energetic.  You didn’t whine or beg or complain or get angry.  I tell you a thousand times and I will tell you a thousand more… I love you.  Period.  I know I focus on your moods so much because that is what is woven throughout our days but whether you’re up or down or sideways… I love you. 

I am proud that you were Student of the Year.  You did great on your report card – mostly B’s and a couple of A’s and lots of E’s.  Your reading skills have greatly improved.  I’ve even caught you reading for fun.  You still love going to Auntie’s house and being the man of the house.  Now that Uncle has his own place you’re up there as often as you can go.  You come home with all sorts of treasures… fossils, bones, sticks, rocks. 

 You still love riding your bike and finding things to turn into ramps and jumps.  Basketball remains a favorite sport although you did run track this year.  You came in 2nd in the 800 after having just run a 200 sprint.  Way to go!  You’ve also started a Hip Hop class.  It’s a lot of fun and you enjoy going each week.

I can’t say it enough.  I love you!  I am so proud of you my son and I’m excited to see what this next year brings.
Much love,


Doing my Duty

It is my duty as a parent to brag about my children.  I’m just going to jump right in….

All three of my children were selected as Student of the Month at one time or another during this past year.  Like any parent, I was extremely proud.  I never wanted to be one of those parents who drives a minivan with peeling bumper stickers that proclaim “My child was student of the month at ABC Elementary”.  Even when they were the SotM.  Yes, I was proud but I didn’t see the need to plaster it on my car.

But today?  Today I get it.  I want a banner wrapped around my car to proclaim “My son is Student of the YEAR!”  I am so incredibly proud of The Boy.  I’ve shared here some of the struggles we’ve had this year with him.  I know that some days can be really tough on him.  But he doesn’t use that as an excuse.  He still chooses to rise above his struggles to be the best that he can be.  

I actually knew about a week ago that he had been selected as Student of the Year but I didn’t fully understand the process.  Today it was explained to me that the teachers in each grade selected one student and the students all selected one student.  Then each grade voted between the two candidates.  From 2nd grade through 8th grade there is a Student of the Year for each grade.  Then, each of those students were voted on by the faculty and staff of the school to select one overall student… and that student in my son.

I am so proud of each of my children.  As a parent I (hopefully) helped to build a strong foundation for my kids but from the moment they became mobile I lost more and more control over their lives.  They stand on their own two feet.  The choices that they make are entirely their own.  They are choosing to have strong character.  They are choosing to make healthy choices in their lives.  I am thankful that they are sowing some of the fruit for their efforts.   I continue to pray for them, for the decisions that they will make in life.