Friday, July 17, 2015


My sweet Pepper boy is nine years old.

Halfway to adulthood. I have trouble wrapping my mind around this.

Weight: 52 pounds (9th percentile)
Height: 56.5 inches (97 percentile)
Shoe size: 5
Pants size: 8 slim
Shirt size: 10
Favorite food: Chicken and rice, enchiladas, chocolate trinity ice cream
Favorite color: Purple and red
Favorite animal: Cheetah
Favorite sport: Karate
Favorite school subject: Science and math
Best friend: Julian and Henry
Favorite activities: Playing Clash of Clans and My Singing Monsters, reading, gymnastics and karate, playing make-believe games with sisters
Favorite TV show: So You Think You Can Dance
Favorite book: Harry Potter series

Pepper is a joy and a delight. He has a great sense of humor, loves to spend time with his family, and adores his baby sister, Sweet Pea, who adores him right back. Pepper is very intelligent, and makes all A's when he applies himself. He struggles to apply himself due to his prevalent ADD. He is growing in his physical strength, courage, and his ability to control his temper. He especially excels at memorization, and memorized 397 Bible verses this year! He also excels in his karate classes, and recently earned his purple belt. 

Happy 9th Birthday, Pepper! I love you beyond measure.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Last Day of School

When I was pregnant with Snapper, my auntie told me to make sure to savor the lasts with my kids, and not to get too focused on the firsts and the milestones. That wise counsel has stuck with me, and I've been careful to heed it. This morning when the kids were leaving for the bus stop, I demanded a "last kiss of -- grade" from each of them. That delighted them, and I got four excellent kisses. Then they scooted out to the bus, anxious to have the day behind them so they can officially belong to the next grade. Slow down, kiddos! You're growing up too fast!

Last day of 1st grade for Sunny. She definitely struggled in school this year. There's still a possibility she will repeat 1st grade next year. It's what I want...what I'm pushing for. It would most definitely be in her best interest. I plan to work with her quite a bit this summer, in case my appeal is rejected and she has to go on to 2nd grade before she's ready.

Last day of 3rd grade for Piper and Pepper. Piper made A/B Honor Roll which is a big accomplishment, considering she really struggles with Language Arts! Pepper made Principal's Honor Roll (all A's). Great job, Pepper! Both of them have big plans for summer reading, and I intend to support those plans to the best of my ability.

Last day of 4th grade for Bubbles. She had an outstanding year, thanks to the incredible support of her teachers, the reading specialist, and the ESE support staff. She made great progress on her learning goals, and for the first time in her life made A/B Honor Roll! She worked HARD for this, and I am ridiculously proud of her. This summer, the library is going to be a magical place for Bubbles. Last year her reading level was so low that even though she was 9 years old, she was stuck reading the most basic readers. This year the whole children's section will be open to her, and we won't have to work so hard to find something interesting for her to read. I'm thrilled!

This afternoon I'll have ice cream sundaes waiting for my new 5th grader, 4th graders, and (maybe) 2nd grader when they get off the bus. Tomorrow we'll make our first trip of the library! Happy Summer, kiddos!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

One Year Away...

I started this blog in the summer of 2008, the summer between kindergarten and 1st grade for my little Snapper. This photo was taken on her last day of kindergarten. Look how little and cute she is!

And then I went to sleep that night, and woke up yesterday afternoon. Seven whole years passed in the blink of an eye, and I headed up to her school to help her clean out her locker on her last day of 7th grade. She rocked her finals, kissed the 2014/2015 school year goodbye, and just like that, I have an 8th grader. Look how tall and lovely she is!

At my baby shower when I was pregnant with Snapper, my auntie told me to make sure to savor every first, but also to savor every last. While I haven't always remembered to do this, I definitely remembered yesterday! As Snapper and I walked hand-in-hand to the car, I whispered in her ear that in one short year, we would be ushering in high school. I thanked God for her 7th grade year. And I thanked Him that it is over, because 7th grade is rough! She handled it pretty well, but I'm not sad to put it behind us.

I'm so proud of my beautiful daughter. I'm proud of her spunk, her effervescence, her passion, her smarts, and her compassionate, generous spirit. I'm proud of the young woman she is becoming. I'm so thankful to be her mom.