Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Today I am officially the mom of a teenager.

I don't know if I'm more traumatized by how quickly my little boy is growing up, or by the fact that I'm OLD enough to have a teenager! GAH!

When Bookworm was a baby, he was so beautiful - with piles of black hair, dark skin, and big gorgeous brown eyes - that EVERYONE we ran into complimented me on how adorable SHE was. I would have him dressed in overalls and a baseball cap and people still thought he was a girl!
Hubby and I were pretty much zombies for the first 2 months - Bookworm did NOT like to sleep, or go long without eating. He slept the longest when we held him, so this was a common sight.

When he was 2 years old he saw a violin, and asked me what it was. For the next 3 years he asked me when he was going to get a violin. I finally looked into it, found a good rental program with a local violin-maker, and he started his violin lessons. It's turned out to be one of the best investments we ever made. He has now graduated from his beginning violin teacher to a professional teacher - one who plays second chair violin for the Utah Symphony! He has become quite a beautiful violinist, and continues to develop his talent, although I'm not gonna lie, he doesn't always practice without complaint!

Bookworm's first word was "basketball", or as he said it "bakabaw". We often had the Jazz games on TV during his toddlerhood, and he thought all African-American men played basketball! We only have like 10 black guys in Utah (name that movie fellow-Utahns!) - so he only ever saw any on TV during the NBA games! It was pretty funny. Anytime we happened to see one of the 10 black guys in Utah at the store or something - he would point and say "Bakabaw! Bakabaw! Then he graduated to saying "Karl Malone! Karl Malone!" He is currently having a great time learning and developing his skills on the court with a local summer rec league.

He is also a fabulous artist. He loves to draw and each picture he draws amazes me more than the next. Of course he loves reading - hence his bloggy alias, "Bookworm". He is smart, and talented, and funny - and if you couldn't tell I am a little bit proud of him.

But more than his talents, or his brains, or his quick wit - the thing that makes me most proud is what a genuine good kid he is. He is kind and thoughtful to his peers. He keeps his standards high, in the way he talks, the music he listens to, and the things he watches on TVor in movies. He loves the Lord and tries hard to live the standards of our faith. He is a good example to those around him, and I know that this above any of his other qualities will take him so far in life.

Last year in the school musical - Seussical, Jr.

Happy 13th Birthday Bookworm! I love you more than life and couldn't be prouder of my oldest child, and only son.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Blogging's not the only thing I've let slide...

Don't feel bad for my neglect. I've been bailing out of stuff all over the place.

Lately I've been feeling like my children's lives are passing me by. I'm too busy on the computer, or fulfilling a church responsibility, or a commitment with the school. So for the past few weeks I've been putting those things on the back-burner, instead of my children.

I played hooky from 2 school-board events. One was the keynote dinner for the State Charter School Conference (I still attended classes the next day). And the other was a Leadership Team meeting to create the school action plan for next year. In all actuality, I wasn't needed at this meeting. I'm just the board advisor for the Leadership Team, which is made up of our director, and key representatives from the staff. It was really their meeting to have, and their action plan to create. I would have just been the pesky board member that was there "monitoring", and hanging with my kids sounded more fun than that.

We're trying to schedule a board meeting before the end of the month - Thursday was suggested as a date. I told them if they wanted to hold it without me, it was okay, but that Thursday is Bookworm's birthday, so I wouldn't be available. I sound like a total slacker, I know.

The truth is, I LOVE being involved in the key decision-making that affects the education of my children. However, there comes a point when I am spending so much time "abandoning" my kids to go to this school meeting, or that conference, that the negative impact starts to outweigh the positive. The first week that school was out, I was back at the school without my kids 3 times! One of the days lasted from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.! And all the while my kids sat at home without mom during their first week of summer break. Boooooo!

I've put my home and doing stuff with my kids as my first priorities, and then if I can fit the others in, I will. As you can tell, I haven't fit blogging in very well....but I'll keep trying!

So here's some of the fun stuff we've been up to:

Bookworm and Hubby headed out for yet another scout camp. While they were gone the girls and I had a movie-night/sleepout in the living room. And the next day after a short stop to a bridal shower open house I was invited to, we headed to the mall for the afternoon to check out all the girlie stores that Bookworm and Daddy hate going into.

A couple of weekends ago we went on a little overnight camping trip with my family, and my SIL's family. Tent sleeping, dutch-oven meals and lots and lots of bug spray - now THAT's what I'm talkin' about! I was so lame and forgot to take ANY pictures!

We took a drive up the canyon last week to check out the INSANELY high and fast water (from the safety of inside our car!), and then got out at the top and enjoyed the beauty of the green of spring, mingled with the snow of winter still lingering. Have I ever told you how much I love my mountains?

Bookworm signed up for a summer basketball league, so every Tuesday night when he goes to practice with Hubby, the girls and I play at the park next to the rec center. We even scored some cheap-o badminton rackets and birdies at the dollar store, and they usually accompany us as well.

Another new tradition the girls and I have started is Wednesday night crafts. Bookworm has scouts on Wednesday nights, and Hubby is usually at work, so we've decided to do crafts (which bookworm usually turns his nose up at) while we're home together on Wednesday nights. Our craft last week was paint chip sample bookmarks. Here's where I learned about them. This week we're doing patriotic crafts.

Tonight for Family Home Evening, after Pixie gave us a short, meaningful lesson, we drove downtown to the Gateway and the girls played in the fountain with daddy watching and laughing, while Bookworm and I spent some leisurely time browsing the bookstore. I love that my son inherited my love for books!

So as you can see, although I have once again neglected my blogging - the time has been well spent elsewhere! I hope you all are enjoying your summer, and your families as much as I am!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

We Want To Know Wednesday!

Time for another edition of WWTK Wednesday hosted by Janette, Mamarazzi, Shawn and Impulsive Addict. This week's Q's are courtesy of Mamarazzi:

{1} You have been asked to give a 10 minute speech to teenage girls. What is it about?
Definitely Self-respect. And how girls need to respect themselves and show that respect in the way they dress, the way they talk, and the way they behave.

{2} Do you have a pet? Tell us about them. No pets? Why?
We currently have 2 pets. First we have Ty, she has been with us for about 3 years. She and Monkey were both 1 at the time we got her, and her gentleness, despite Monkey's annoyances is what made us decide she was a keeper.
Ty and Pixie watching a movie.

Then we have Speckle. He (she?) was one of the frogs Pixie's class raised for their Learning Expedition on the life of a frog. Lucky for us (please hear the sarcasm), Pixie was one of the winners in the drawing her class had at the end of the year to see who got to take the pet frogs home. Nice.

{3} What is the biggest inconvenience about the place you’re currently living?

Our house is pretty convenient to everything as far as shopping, hospitals, entertainment, etc. I would have to say that the road turning out of our neighborhood can get pretty busy - so probably the inconvenience of trying to turn left out of our neighborhood during rush hour.

{4} What do you think is the single best decision you have made in your life so far?

Marrying my husband, for sure.

{5} What are the THREE "nevers" of your life? (things you would never do or have never done)

I have never smoked or drank alcohol.
I would never do drugs.
I would never get a tattoo.

So there you have it. I'll be by to see everyone's answers later tonight!

Friday, June 10, 2011

I confess.

I confess that it's been awhile. I haven't blogged in a bit. I just haven't been feeling it.

I confess that my heart is heavy, with some stuff that's been going on. And I just haven't felt like keeping up on my blog.

I confess that I still miss everyone though.

I confess that I'm already overwhelmed with the amount of summertime commitments that are piling up. The calendar is beginning to give me heartburn.

I confess that I have a fun new addiction. I'll share next week.

I confess that my family has too many clothes, and I hate laundry. So I'm considering the idea of keeping 1 outfit per day of the week for everyone and throwing out everything else!!

I confess that I have slept late every morning except for 1 since the kids got out of school.

I confess that that trend will likely continue throughout the remainder of the summer.

I confess that I'm terribly sad to learn that my favorite dancer, Alex Wong will not be participating in this season of SYTYCD.

I confess that I have still found myself sucked into the show this year though. Despite my determination last season that I wasn't going to watch again.

I confess that I already have some favorites, as well as a couple UNfavorites.

I confess that I haven't done anything today, so it is time for me to get off the computer and get some stuff done.

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