Double digits.

It’s been a busy few weeks since the last time I wrote on my blog. So I suppose a bit of an update is overdue.

First, my baby boy is finally showing an interest in writing. I’ve tried several times this year but he’s always been disinterested in coloring or writing and if he’d join us it’d last all of a split second…until last night. He knows all his abc’s and 123′s and I know he can write them in the iPad – he’s addicted to that darn app. But it’s just not the same as writing with a pen on real paper…yes, what has technology done to our children, right!? We’ve been working on thank you cards and holiday cards this week so once we got a fancy new green pen that’s all it took for Jaylen to get interested in joining us. So many times we’d show him letters and he’d say “I can’t”. But the moment we’d leave him be he’d shout out in excitement everytime he’d write a letter on his own. Maybe, just maybe, with a little more practice he’ll write his own name in our holiday cards this year.

Jason’s and my schedule has been busier the last two weeks so in the brief moments between busy moments we’ve made the most of moments with the kids. Last night Jaylen wasn’t too interested in me taking his photo so at first it became a game…almost like laser tag. It was so darn hard to get my kids to sit still and after a while it turned into me chasing them around the house and before long we were playing hide-n-seek. Yes, another little game that turns into a great way to have some fun taking photos too. Jaylen always loved when it was my turn and he could find me…okay, it sure isn’t easy to find good hiding places when you’re all grown up. Somehow, I still managed to surprise him every time. He of course was able to sneak into every cabinet and small spot between furniture and was all giggles when I found him.

And surprisingly there was enough room for him in the laundry basket…how that is possible with three kids is a miracle!

Today is Hope’s official birthday. We had a little birthday party last week for the kids but I still wanted to take her out to help her have a special day. With it being her birthday a trip to the photobooth was one of the first idea’s that came to mind. I can’t say I’ve kept up with the tradition as well as I did the year Jaylen was born but it’s still lots of fun for the kids. Chance even enjoyed playing along. Luckily I made it through the mall this time without the mall cops harassing me or threatening to kick me out of the mall for taking photos.

I spent a lot of the day just remembering how ten years ago I had this sweet little girl. And now she’s such a big girl.

All year long she’s been waiting for this day…the day she’d reach double digits.

Ten years has passed so fast and I have such sweet memories with my baby girl. As I miss all the moments of her being so little I sure admire watching her grow into such an amazing little girl.

I suppose I should jot down a few memories of my baby girl…really to remind me of all the things I adore in her at this very moment.

  • She’s been so anxious to grow up and make it double digits. Something tells me someday years from now she’ll miss the days when she was single digits…kind of like her Momma misses her being little.
  • She still tells me when she grows up she wants to be a lot of things…a doctor, a neurosurgeon, a photographer, a teacher, an artist…the list goes on and on. As she continues to say she isn’t sure how she’ll decide I have to remind her that she can be anything she wants to be and that someday she’ll know what that is.
  • She’s the best big sister ever. Really. Our home couldn’t function without her. We all rely on her daily. Her brothers adore her.
  • She loves school and is performing highly in all of her courses. She’s in gifted reading this year and has been reading lots of big books beyond her grade level.
  • She’s become quite the little pianist. She had her first recital recently and we couldn’t be more proud to see her continue to do well.
  • Her friends are becoming a more important part of her life this year and as we watch her grow and have more fun we keep reminding her of the importance of family.

I took the kids out to the park this evening and we took a series of photos that I think you all will enjoy.

I know you all have been missing updates on my baby boy. Chance has been doing well. We’ve been out of the hospital nearly a month and half and we count our blessings every day that he’s home. Just last night we had a worrisome moment for the first time since we’ve been home as the area around his shunt was a bit more poofy and appeared a bit swollen. There were no other major symptoms and he’s been acting fine so we think he’ll be okay. We took him in to see his doctor today and she changed his shunt setting to help ensure it was draining as best as it could so now we just have to keep saying our prayers that the darn shunt keeps working because we have no desire to be back in the hospital.

It’s never easy to get all three of my kids in a photo together, looking at me and smiling. I swear my kids are often tougher to photograph than other families but I bribed them that we’d take a trip to play at the park and thankfully it worked for a split second…enough for me to take this photo.

Ten years. Okay, this officially makes me feel old…and blessed. I recall there were nearly three years before she was born that I just “hoped” for her to be born. Ten years ago my life sure did change the day this sweet little girl made me a mother for the first time. She’s taught me so much about life and each and every day I have her by my side she keeps me smiling.

Happy birthday baby girl.

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November 20, 2011 - 11:51 pm

Rachel Mayer - Happy or Sad your blogs make me cry! You amaze me Amanda.

December 5, 2011 - 10:23 am

Sylvia Huntley - I’m one of your students

Hi Amanda: You have a beautiful family! As I look through your pictures, I just realized I don’t take enough pictures of my son. I must start doing that now.

Thanks for sharing!

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