Sunday, May 22, 2016

Big Guy is 12 today!!!


I know we all say it every year...how can this be?  How can my baby be so big? And wow, here I am again, disbelieving my baby boy is 12 already.  Firmly in middle school, firmly in puberty, firmly starting his journey to independence.  And what an incredible pre-teen he is.  He is everything, more than I have ever hoped for and so firmly himself.  Griffin approaches life without hesitation and with a high level of confidence in his own strength and character that I hope will stay with him his whole life.  I feel unbelievably grateful to share this journey with my darling boy. 


Griffin's Birthday Interview

Age? 12
Grade?  6th

Your teachers this year? Ms. Belcher, Ms. Bailey, Ms. Coleman, Ms. Zeiba, Ms. Parsons, Ms. Thomison, Mr. Emerson, Ms. Russell, Ms. Wolfe, Mr. Watkins

What activities/sports/clubs were you involved in this year? Soccer, Swimming, Band, Super Saturdays, Beta Club

What pets do you have? Cookie, Lottie, Zed, Fish

What do you want to be when you grow up? A Lawyer or a Chemist

Where is one place you really want to go? the Caribbean



What is your favorite………….

o   Subject in school? Social Studies

o   Meal? Lasagna Soup

o   Fruit? Watermelon

o   Vegetable? Carrot

o   Dessert?  Fruit Pizza

o   Candy? Sour candies

o   Drink? Ale 8

o   Animal? Giraffe

o   Thing to do inside?  Video Games

o   Thing to do outside? Scooter

o   Kind of music? Hip Hop

o   Song? All Star
video


   Place we visited this year? Cape Cod

o   Chore around the house? NOOOONE!

o   Thing to do with Mama? Camping

o   Thing to do with Papa? Camping

o   Thing to do with Lucy?  Tickel-o-war....basically tormenting her!

o   T.V. show? Amazing World of Gumball

o   Movie? Star Wars

o   Toy? Playstation

o   Book? Michael Vey

o   Day of the week?  Saturday

o   Holiday? Christmas

o   Season? Summer

o   Piece of clothing? Fuzzy Robe

o   Sound? any sound that annoys my parents

o   Word? baloney

o   Smell?   fresh baked peanut butter cookies

o   Color? Red


Monday, March 28, 2016

Lucy is 8!



My darling girl is 8 today.  She is the effervescent bubbles of joy and light in our family.  Her sparkling eyes, awesome sense of humour and sweet gentleness makes her a favorite of those who know her.   She is so smart, has an incredible memory and an innate understanding of the world around her.  She is strong and athletic, she is somewhat shy to start but warms up quickly with new friends. She is a hard worker and you can count on her to make great choices and be respectful to everyone.  She adores her big brother but won't hesitate to stand up for herself and push back against his big personality when necessary.  She is already incredible and I am so so so thankful to be her Mama and to stand witness to her growth and maturity.   I treasured her as an infant, I championed her as a toddler, I giggled with her as a small child and I am am in love with getting to know who she is at 8.                                                               

Birthday Interview

Age? 8
 

Grade?  Second Grade

Your teachers this year? Mrs. Sandidge

What activities/sports/clubs were you involved in this year? soccer, swimming lessons, yoga, dance, Super Saturdays
 

What pets do you have? Lottie, Zed, Cookie and tank full of colorful fish

What do you want to be when you grow up? A Zookeeper or Veterinarian

Where is 1 place you really want to go? Disney World (this dream is going to be coming true in MAY!!)



What is your favorite………….

o   Subject in school? P.E. and reading

o   Meal? Breakfast

o   Fruit? Peaches

o   Vegetable? Carrot

o   Dessert?  Cadubury Cream Eggs




o   Candy? Chocolate

o   Drink? Peach Mango Juice

o   Animal? Red Panda and her dogs

o   Thing to do inside? Play video games

 
o   Thing to do outside? Practice soccer and play with friends

 
o   Kind of music? Taylor  Swift

o   Song? "Shake it Off"


 

o   Place we visited this year? Gull Pond, Wellfleet, Cape Cod

o   Chore around the house? Empty dishwasher

o   Thing to do with Mama? Play games

 
o   Thing to do with Papa? Reading before bed

o   Thing to do with Griffin? Play Plants vs. Zombies

o   T.V. show? Amazing world of Gumball

o   Movie? My Neighbor Totoro


 

o   Toy? Equestria Girls and Beanie Boos

o   Book? Diary of a Wimpy Kid


o   Day of the week? Saturday

o   Holiday? Christmas

o   Season? Summer

o   Piece of clothing? Dresses

o   Sound? Music

o   Word? "derpy"

o   Smell?  birthday cake scented chapstick

o   Color? Purple


Friday, May 22, 2015

Not so little anymore...today Griffin is 11.

Age? 11
Grade?  5th

Your teachers this year? Ms. Parker

What activities/sports/clubs were you involved in this year? Soccer, Swimming, Basketball, 4-H, Super Saturdays, Beta Club

What pets do you have? Omar, Lottie, Zed, Fish

What do you want to be when you grow up? A Lawyer

Where is one place you really want to go? Hawaii


What is your favorite………….

o   Subject in school? Social Studies

o   Meal? Lasagna Soup

o   Fruit? Apple

o   Vegetable? Carrot

o   Dessert?  Fruit Pizza

o   Candy? Cadbury Cream Eggs

o   Drink? Ginger Ale

o   Animal? Penguins

o   Thing to do inside?  Video Games

o   Thing to do outside? Scooter

o   Kind of music? Hip Hop

o   Song? Alphabet Aerobics by Blackalicious





   Place we visited this year? Wellfleet

o   Chore around the house? NOOOONE!

o   Thing to do with Mama? Camping


o   Thing to do with Papa? Camping

o   Thing to do with Lucy?  Minecraft

o   T.V. show? Teen Titans

o   Movie? Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

o   Toy? Kindle

o   Book? Percy Jackson Series

o   Day of the week?  Friday

o   Holiday? Birthday

o   Season? Fall

o   Piece of clothing? Minecraft t-shirt

o   Sound? Lottie's snores

o   Word? eggnog

o   Smell?   fresh baked desserts

o   Color? Blue


Saturday, March 28, 2015

All about 7!



Birthday Interview

Age? 7
Grade?  First Grade

Your teachers this year? Mrs. Durbin

What activities/sports/clubs were you involved in this year? soccer, swimming lessons, cheerleading

What pets do you have? Lottie, Zed and Omar and tank full of colorful fish

What do you want to be when you grow up? A Veterinarian

Where is 1 place you really want to go? Disney World (this dream is going to be coming true soon!)



What is your favorite………….

o   Subject in school? Art and Computers

o   Meal? Breakfast!

o   Fruit? Peaches

o   Vegetable? Pea Pods

o   Dessert?  P.J.’s Ice Cream

o   Candy? Chocolate

o   Drink? Lemonade

o   Animal? Omar

o   Thing to do inside? Play on Kindle

o   Thing to do outside? Play on my swing set

o   Kind of music? Dancing music

o   Song? "Beep Beep”

 o   Place we visited this year? Cape Cod

o   Chore around the house? Spray glass cleaner

o   Thing to do with Mama? Crafts
o   Thing to do with Papa? Play outside

o   Thing to do with Griffin? Play Minecraft

o   T.V. show? Teen Titans Go

o   Movie? Annie (original one) or Brave


o   Toy? Zelfs

o   Book? Junie B

o   Day of the week? Saturday

o   Holiday? My Birthday

o   Season? Summer

o   Piece of clothing? Cozy pj’s

o   Sound? Fish tank (water)

o   Word? Happy

o   Smell? Cake batter

o   Color? Purple

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Double Digits for the little Dude.


 WOW, a whole decade with this guy.  It's overwhelming to think about the amount of experiences one can have in a decade, especially in parenting your first child.  A part of me is feeling nostalgic this morning, remembering my sweet little baby boy.  Remember that stormy spring day in Michigan 10 years ago.  Remembering how our family and friends were drawn together to witness and welcome this new soul into our tribe in that hospital waiting room.  How tiny he was that moment I met him and the deep feeling of recognition flowing between us.  How the days following were filled with awe and wonder, insane LOVE for this wee piece of my heart that now lived outside my body and absolute terror that we weren't DOING IT RIGHT.  But the way bigger part of me is loving this day, loving my 10 year old, loving this journey we are taking together.  Although, I cherished the memories of days past, I am enjoying this moment, today, and looking forward to watching him grow and learn and flourish in the days and years ahead.  He is so smart, so terribly/wonderfully focused on whatever subject is thrilling him lately, so quick to make a joke and hoping to bring smiles to the faces around him, so confident, so sure of his place in this world, so eager to do his part to make changes to improve the lives of animals and people on this planet, so easily makes friends.   He is also sometimes moody and disrespectful and irritating and wholly HUMAN.  He is an amazing brother, an inclusive friend, an eager student, a sweet son and an empathetic soul.  My life forever changed in the most beautiful way 10 years ago when Griffin came to share his journey with me.  I love you so very very much, sweet boy.


Birthday Interview

Age? 10

Grade? Fourth

Your teachers this year? Mrs. Duff, Mrs. Boyd

What activities/sports/clubs were you involved in this year? soccer, swimming lessons, basketball, Super Saturdays

What pets do you have? Lottie, Zed and Omar and foster puppies Sochi and Curly Sue

What do you want to be when you grow up? A Shark Biologist

Where is 1 place you really want to go? Dollywood to ride the new BIG roller coaster.


What is your favorite………….

o   Subject in school? P.E.

o   Meal? Lasagna Soup

o   Fruit? Watermelon

o   Vegetable? Carrots

o   Dessert? Fruit Pizza

o   Candy? Jelly Beans

o   Drink? Milk

o   Animal? Sharks

o   Thing to do inside? Play on Kindle

o   Thing to do outside? Ride a scooter

o   Kind of music? Hip Hop

      o   Song? "Black and Yellow" by Wiz Khalifa

o   Place we visited this year? Wellfleet, Mass

o   Chore around the house? Nothing

o   Thing to do with Mama? Play games
o   Thing to do with Papa? going for a "Guys' Night Out"

o   Thing to do with Lucy? Play Minecraft

o   T.V. show? Total Drama Island

o   Movie? Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

o   Toy? Kindle

o   Book? Minecraft: Essential Handbook

o   Day of the week? Saturday

o   Holiday? Christmas

o   Season? Summer

o   Piece of clothing? hoodies

o   Sound? Sounds that drive Mama crazy

o   Word? derp

o   Smell? my farts....hahahahahaha  ( he really cracked himself up with that one.)

o   Color? Blue
     
I think it's pretty awesome that he and Lucy had a lot of the same answers!!  This year when choosing how to celebrate his birthday (party or adventure??) Griff decided he wants to go camping and hiking at Mammoth Cave National Park....so tomorrow we are off for a super fun weekend!  I didn't start blogging until '06 so I don't have his newborn pics, but if you want to peak at some photos of Griffin at 2 on his first camping trip ever, check this out.  
Big Love to y'all!!! xoxo