"a portrait of each of my children, once each week, in 2016"
Jaden: It was a wild weekend staying up past our bedtimes to cheer on our Panthers in two big games. Their season is over after a loss in the round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament, but we couldn't be prouder of them. This one is learning a lot from them - he hears the stories of how they conduct themselves in and out of the classroom - on and off the court - and is beginning to understand how much time they put in even when no one is watching. This weekend I went outside to watch him shoot some hoops, but he told me I was distracting him and he wanted some time to shoot by himself so that he could be focused. He had so much fun at school-agers last week during spring break, where they did nothing but play basketball and go on field trips, and now he is counting down the days to summer break. He'll get to go to UNI basketball camp his very first week off!
Brandon: He lost his first tooth last week when the dentist decided she needed to pull it. He didn't know it was coming, as she surprised him with a quick twist of the tooth to pop it out, and though he cried for the first minute out of shock, he recovered quickly. He also has three six-year molars growing in right now and got his first mouth x-rays taken. He of course was thrilled to have the Tooth Fairy visit him for the first time, and it's surreal to look at his smile now with a tooth missing. I can remember when that exact tooth - his very first tooth - appeared in his mouth as a baby. Time is flying, and we seem to measure it these days like growth charts in pencil on a bedroom wall. How many teeth they've lost. The start of a new season of swimming lessons in which our six year old is swimming in the big pool for the first time. First events filling up our calendar - kindergarten music programs, baseball uniform pickup, the end of another school year drawing near.