"a portrait of each of our children, once each week, in 2015"
Jaden: We're in the home stretch of first grade, and this kiddo is counting down the days to summer. He's going to have a busy one filled with swimming, Vacation Bible School, UNI sports camps and baseball nights. He's grown so much in first grade, always excited to do math homework at night when he has it, and now able to read on his own without needing us to sit next to him to help with his stumbles. It's happening... he's sprouting in knowledge and skill and intellect. And speaking of sprouting, we finally had his seven year checkup last week, and in the words of his doctor, "He's going to be really tall." He has stuck with his growth curve for height - which is off the charts. His weight is even in the 90th percentile now, as the kid is packing on muscle as much as he's packing on inches. We know he's still a young boy and only God knows where his path may lead. But right now, as much as we're reminding him to just have fun, we're also slowly trying to guide him in what we know he wants to be successful in - to steer him towards his passions in ways that we know will help him succeed years down the road - while also making sure he doesn't take himself too seriously yet. He can dribble between his legs now, and is working on his hook shot all on his own - making Papa Bob - and even Lucas O'Rear - very happy. ;) He and Cody play a lot of one-on-one in the driveway, and I can only imagine what those contests are going to look like as Jaden gets bigger and bigger. It's going to be fun to watch. People have been asking him a lot lately what his absolute favorite sport is - if he had to pick one. He's never been able to give a solid answer between football and basketball, but just this week he told me. "It's basketball, Mommy." We might have Seth Tuttle to thank for that one.
Brandon: He also had his five year checkup last week, and although his stats on height and weight are pretty much the opposite of his brother, his doctor was blown away with his smarts. He answered questions for her that she says most kindergartners can't answer and told me that he is developing beautifully intellectually and socially. I told her he goes to a really good preschool! :) We are still so thankful for where he spends his days and so thankful for his teachers and care givers and how well they are preparing the kiddos for school in the fall. He did get two shots at his appointment, and though there were a few tears afterwards, he was so brave when he sat down on the table for the nurses. He has two field trips coming up in May and then preschool "gradulation" before he can swim into his summer routine. We're going to savor this last month. So much change ahead for us as parents when this final month of preschool is over, and the whole idea of it pulls on my heart strings a bit. It's gone far too fast.