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 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Happy 6th Birthday, Christina Lucia!!!

My sweet little, well not so little, girl is 6 today.  Hooray!!  I LOVE this age, so happy and inquisitive and yet beginning to become a bit more independent.  This year has seen Lucy conquering so many of her fears, she has really been an inspiration to me.  It has also seen Bruce and I struggling to find the middle ground between helping her find her footing and being her best self and pushing her too far, too fast for her comfort level.  Her first momentous leap was at swim lessons this summer.  We signed her up for 5 weeks of daily lessons at the pond near the house on the Cape.  The first day was wretched with lots of tears and her practically having to be torn off me by the instructors to get her into the water.  The second day was only a bit better and only then because I bribed her with ice cream to get into the water (yeah, I occasionally bribe my kids, got to do what you got to do. ;0) The third day she made it into the water with the safety of her brother's presence and minimal tears.  As rough as the start was, by the end of the summer she was swimming like a little fish, had moved up into the next level of lessons and had bonded with the instructors.  At least once a week this school year she has brought up how excited she is for her lessons to start again and how she can't wait to become a better swimmer.  Ahhhh, sweet sweet victory for our girl.   She also faced down her big fears of starting kindergarten with hardly a whimper and has been THRIVING at school.  She has made tons of friends, learned to read and write sentences and has become a creative and talented crafter.  She got in touch with a bit of a competitive side on the soccer field and impressed us with her determination to stay near the ball despite being jostled about quite a bit.  I can't talk about her year without mentioning the incredible friendship that she shares with her brother.  I think standing up to him has given her so much confidence to face some of the other challenges in life and has served to gain her brother's respect and undying loyalty to her.  They chose to spend most of their free time together and have an amazing bond.  It is so fulfilling to witness.  She is filled with light and love and joy and laughter and strength, so much that some times her only mode to get from one place to another is by bouncing...our very own Tigger.  And, as a bonus, she's pretty darn cute too.  Wow, we are lucky to be her parents. 

Birthday Interview

Age? 6

Grade? Kindergarten

Your teachers this year? Ms. Jaclyn, Ms. Tracy

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

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 Zookeeper

Where is 1 place you really want to go? Disney World (We have avoided this for sooooo long, I'm actually shocked she just said that!!  Who fed her the Kool-Aid when we weren't looking????)


What is your favorite………….

o   Subject in school? P.E. or Music

o   Meal? Macaroni and cheese

o   Fruit?Strawberries

o   Vegetable? Pea Pods

o   Dessert? Cupcakes

o   Candy? Big Suckers

o   Drink? Lemonade

o   Animal? Lion

o   Thing to do inside? Play on Kindle

o   Thing to do outside? Play on my swing set

o   Kind of music? ??

o   Song? "All I want is You" by Barry Louis Polisar


o   Place we visited this year? St. Pete's Beach

o   Chore around the house? Nothing

o   Thing to do with Mama? Cuddle
o   Thing to do with Papa? Play Zelfs

o   Thing to do with Griffin? Play Minecraft

o   T.V. show? Total Drama Island

o   Movie? Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

o   Toy? Kindle

o   Book? Whatever After by Sarah Mlyowski

o   Day of the week? Saturday

o   Holiday? Christmas

o   Season? Summer

o   Piece of clothing?none

o   Sound? "That sound the fox makes, you know"

o   Word? Yes

o   Smell?   Markers (UMMMMMMMM?!?!  WTH?!)

o   Color? yellow



You can look at Lucy's other interviews here, here, here.and here.  Bruce's post about her birth is here and mine is here.