"When you called me to be a Mama, You didn't ask for perfection. But that with every breath, I'd point them to You."

Monday, November 24, 2014

'52' - Week 47

"a portrait of each of my children, once each week, in 2014"

Jaden: We got his first trimester report card this past week, and it looked just as expected. A rock star in Music, socially and behaviorally right where he needs to be, really good in math, and improving in reading. So in other words, his grades perfectly reflect the things he's most interested in. Music, friends, math and reading. (In that order). ;)

Brandon: Our little buddy is in his element right now. He dives head first into the holiday season just as his mommy does. Every day is a new Christmas tree drawing or painting, and he was a pro at decorating the tree, understanding the concept of spacing ornaments out so that there weren't bare spots. In fact, a couple of hours after we got done decorating, he was still noticing spots of the tree that weren't up to his standards as he worked on rearranging ornaments and branches well into the evening.

Monday, November 17, 2014

'52' - Week 46

"a portrait of each of my children, once each week, in 2014"

Jaden: After a nasty 12-hour stomach bug on Saturday, he recovered better than ever late Saturday night and was back to his normal wild and energetic self on Sunday. Just in time for the first snowfall of the year. In fact, he was so excited he felt better that he woke up the whole house at 4 a.m. on Sunday morning just to tell us. ;)

Brandon: He was an angel on Saturday while I handled throw-up and a very unhappy Jaden. He stayed out of the way when necessary, helped when needed, and had my dad laughing so hard that he was crying in the car on the way to rent movies Saturday night. He's a little ham.

Friday, November 14, 2014

friday photo drop

...those last few days of nice weather. We're already missing you, Fall.

...even Lucy misses having the windows open...

...homework hour. Jaden prefers math, as reading is like a chore for him. Brandon? The opposite. His preschool teachers sent home progress notes a couple weeks ago. All good things on his report card, but one thing they told us he's ready for is learning to read by himself. He's all about it and loves doing his "reading homework" while Jaden has to do his.

...Jaden's first UNI basketball camp. He gets to perform the skills he learned on the court at halftime of this weekend's first home game for the Panthers. He's pretty excited.

They're buddies.

...dates with this boy... Barnes and Noble is so fun during the holiday season. (And I might have gone a little overboard with their school book orders this month. Not sorry about it).

...just this. World, meet Brandon. Lover of coloring and Ninja Turtles and car tracks and Lincoln Logs and Lego's and reading and make-believe and being an absolute goof ball. He's got spirit, how 'bout you?

...the start of a new tradition. Each boy gets to pick out just one new ornament for their bedroom Christmas tree each year. The only rule is that it has to tell the story of who they were that year. That way when they are older with families and trees of their own, they will have a collection to share that showcases their childhood, their interests and their memories. Jaden, of course, chose a football. Brandon, a Frozen ornament. (Obviously. Except they were all sold out of Olaf. Of course).

...my husband hunts a lot. The boys are fascinated. (Blue gloves courtesy of the hospital the night baby Ivy was born. They wore them around the house pretending they were super hero gloves. Until they handled dead ducks with them. Then they were made to throw them away).

Lots ahead... 'tis the season.