Friday, September 21, 2018

Happy 14th Birthday Drew

Happy 14th Birthday Drew-
Drew you are yet another year older and wiser. You are my sweet soul, and sensitive boy. You think of life in such deep ways and you love to hear and learn peoples stories. This year you continue to gain confidence in who you are. You ended up last year having all A's, and this year you are back at it. School has become very important to you as you want to do something in the medical field. You know that you have to put in the effort to become that Nurse, Dr or whatever it is that you have your heart set on. You also have a love for history. You would be a great nurse but also a great history teacher. I have no idea how you remember all the different wars and details. You are our families historian. Just recently you found Great Grandpas story written by my cousin Lisa. It moved you to tears the bravery and life story he lived. You could not believe his story about growing up in a PA farmhouse and how he left for war so young never seeing much at all of the US let alone the world. It inspired you how brave he was and what he faced while not being that much older then yourself. From having his arm shot in a foreign land to throwing a grenade to save his men you were astonished. You are very proud of your great grandpa even though he died when you were just a little guy. You seem to learn from others and gain strength in wisdom. You are a good brother and a good friend. You do have your moments especially when you are Hang-ry!!! That is when you act like your dad, food aggressive, lol. You still love watching and playing basketball, playing tennis, and video games. You are a video game master, it was very important that you made it to the leader board in Fortnite. You are all about Freddy's and Whatatburger. You love your Takis and Chipolte. I think more conversations are you talking about food and if we can go out to eat. Or we are out and we sometimes have to stop to get something because you are hungry again or should I say Hang-ry!!. I am glad you are feeling well and want to eat so I will not complain. This year you have gotten really into church and youth group. I am so glad, God will never let you down. I am so glad you love going to church!! You love music and it so happens you and I have about the same taste in music. We love our rap (:  We listen to christian(wholesomešŸ˜‚)  rap for the most part, hard to believe those two words go together. Maybe one day I will see you dance again, every once in a while you pull out your dance moves. You are a great dancer, and artist. Let's not forget the artistic ability. Maybe once Fortnite dies down then you will get back to it. Drew out of everything I am most proud of your character. You have a great soul. You are endearing and loving. You make others see your light and you have a way of making other feel important. Never lose that!! Continue to Shine Bright. We love you so much!
Love Mom and Dad too!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Happy 16th Birthday Jaden

Dear Jaden-
Happy 16th Birthday!! I was just telling Dad, Nana, and friends that this year feels so different. I am so happy for you that you are experiencing life in new way as you are gaining wisdom and maturing. Along with all the teenage stuff you also get to make more of your own choices. You are driving a car!! I can't believe it. You are looking into getting a job in the next year and now you are up in the morning even before I am most mornings. It is bittersweet to see your children grow. I love that you are truly becoming who you are but with that personal growth means that your childhood is almost over. I want to do everything we can these next few years, before you get ready to leave for college. I have a huge lump in my throat even saying it and thinking it. It is selfish of me Jaden and I am not afraid to say it!! Each day you make me laugh with your quick wittiness and creative mind. We can talk for hours about everything. We watch movies together, play games, and you are are my shopping buddy. Most of all I am so proud of your character. Sometimes you get unorganized and I have to get you to stay on task but those are things we all work on. You sometimes procrastinate and enjoy playing video games a little to much but after all you are a teenager. One thing that I can say with confidence is that you are a honest and humble person. You would help anyone. I tell people that I would trust you with my life as far as how honest and dependable you are when it matters. You really know when to be responsible when you have to be. The beginning of the year is always a bit rough. I think you are in a better groove now that you have a calendar with your earned game time (: ha ha. You are going out of your way to be kind to people at church, school, and this week I caught you and Lauren laughing and genuinely having fun. There has been less arguing and more of you stepping up and being a good example to your sister. You are learning what true friendship looks like and how to extend a hand. Seeing you comfortable and okay with who you are is a good thing. I love that you love cats, reading, movies and all your tech stuff. You have a wide array of interests and talents. I don't think you have completely expressed your artistic ability but you think very creatively. I love to hear you write, you have such a gift as a writer. You are still deciding on a career path as you are still not sure. For a while it was a lawyer but then you realized you would have to know Latin and now you are not sure, ha ha. Hola, two years of Spanish didn't get you to far in the foreign language department. (:  You have thought about medical devices, genetics, and engineering. You really enjoy computers and tech but also building. So who knows, but I can not wait to see where your mind takes you. One really positive thing that has changed in the last year is that you have grown a ton. You have grown about 5" in a year and gained 30 pounds and you are still not done. I think this has helped your confidence and has made you overcome some of the challenges you faced last year. You are actually eating us out of the house. I almost have to say stay home when I go to the grocery because my bill doubles each time you come. I am so glad you are healthy and eating so I will never complain about that. Each day is a gift to be your parents, you make us proud. One day when you become a parent you will have many feelings. One of the best ones is when you think of your child and the love you have for them just beams from within with pride and for the gratefulness that they are yours. God has big plans for you and He loves you more then we ever could. So unreal to measure His love, you are a difference maker!!  We love you Jaden!!
Love, Mom
(Dad too)

Just a little fun for you wake up to today, I am glad we share the same humor.
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Thursday, September 6, 2018

End of Summer, back to school

So much excitement going on!! The kids started back to school a couple weeks ago. I have a 10th grader, a 8th grader and a 5th grader. Time is unstoppable, I often don't have enough time to get it all done. After we go to events, sports, school activities and everything in between we don't stop. This has to be one of the busiest times in a mom's life when they have school age to older kids. When they were little the activities were less involved and less homework. With after school tutoring, clubs and going to friends houses I often stay hydrated on coffee. This year two of my three kids have brand new schools. I am so thankful for their wonderful schools and teachers. Jaden's high school is as big as a college. It's absolutely beautiful and enormous. He will be the first graduating class, they are only doing freshman and sophomores this year and then every year adding the next class. I also joined the PTO at the new high school. It's been a great fit, I really love helping getting the new school off to a good start. I run all the social media pages so I stay more then busy with that, plus all our open houses and selling of spirit wear. We have a nice group of woman, it really is a good thing for me to stay busy and be involved. I love meeting all our parents and helping in anyway I can. I don't have much longer with Jaden until he is off to college ):  Lot's of First Day photos below. It's been a yearly tradition for us to take photos and for Rob and I to see them off and for us to have a day together.

My awesome neighbor offered to take Lauren to school each day. His wife is also our dentist. They are the best family. It works out great as the girls are all friends and this gives them social time together in the mornings. I no longer have to spend four hours a day in the car. Lauren gets a bus home for her new school, praise God. Drew walks home and to school. Jaden gets a bus and can also walk home from his stop. Last year I had to drop off and pick up and the traffic and schedule was unbearable. I did this for a couple years. This year I am up early but its a bit different and way less stressful. 
A mom in our neighborhood hosted a 5th grade pool party, Lauren had so much fun. She is doing so well. Besides the sneaking of her iPad, she is a good girl. She loves that stinking iPad, just today I finally asked her if she happened to wake up and play it in the night?  After two days of sleeping in the mornings and not wanting to eat breakfast I figured it out. Why yes someone takes a nap from 9:00pm till about 2:00am and has some iPad time. Oh Lauren!! She is a fun girl, full of witty humor, creative, helpful. It's hard to stay mad long. She was very mad at Rob when he tried showing her how to do her locker combo at first. After about ten attempts she is now the pro and she went into school helping everyone. I got a note sent to me a Students Achieving Excellence on the first day, saying how awesome she is. Well teacher she does have a bit of  attitude but like Miss Lauren herself says, "We all have our moments." 
Ohhhh!! Look someone got their temp. license. What a nightmare we waited four hours!! As you can see below it felt like I was in some Sci-Fi movie or the walking dead. We waited forever with our forty pieces of documents waiting for the okay. Now this guy is learning to drive. Hard to believe. It takes another 6 months to achieve your license here in TX. It's a much longer process then I thought
Drew and Lauren insisted on coming, I have no idea why. After the three hour mark I think they really regretted their decision! Some of these photos below are from this summer. Since I am so far behind I just posted everything random and out of order. When we went to Disney the kids wanted these meal kits. They were fun, you can buy them on Amazon these were from Japan at Epcot. 

Jaden has a awesome opportunity to go to MD Anderson, which is one of the leading cancer hospitals in the country. He went with a group of students possibly interested in a medical career. We are trying to expose him to all kinds of careers before he makes his big decision in the coming years. He loved it and what a amazing time he had. It was all day downtown in the Medical Center. He got to use the test-model to run tests performed on cancer patients, how to scrub in for surgery, cancer research discussions lead by physicians and medical sales. He really liked medical sales and how they assist the Dr's in surgery with tools and education. I was so proud of him, because to be dropped off downtown at a huge hospital all day with kids he didn't even know takes courage. He was able to talk to Dr's and ask questions too. I took my other kids out to breakfast super early. We lived the city life for the day. Houston has some really nice areas downtown that are fun and interesting. After I took them to the science museum and then to look at the gardens.

Rob and I got to go away for a night in Dallas, my mom and dad watched the kids. I am so not used to living the Spa life. I totally enjoyed it, Rob golfed with work. I got to go the Four Seasons and enjoyed the spa. I can't believe how wonderful massages are!
The week or so before school was crazy, we went with Rob to a golfing tournament. I dropped him off and we went back to school shopping. BUC-EE'S of course, we hit the mall. Back to school shopping with two teenagers and a pre-teen. Not the most fun experience! First they needed a certain type of shoe, then a certain color. So we wait, then order a pair that gets lost so no shoes. We went back again to get the shoes. Who said boys are easy with clothes, I have one FashionHesta for sure. Oh Jaden and Drew made a lie detector test above, by sweat on your hands, very creative I must say.
The kids had their dental cleanings right before school starting, yes my awesome neighbor. My dental anxiety has gone down. Lauren had two cavities, her brushing skills don't lie. She did great actually much better then the boys have ever done. A trip to Freddy's kids love this place, I actually do too!! I love me some Freddy's and Whataburger. I eat mostly healthy but I love burgers and fries.
I can't remember where Drew was, I think he was at his friends Adams. Enjoying the Woodlands, such a nice place to live. Mostly great weather although it's been really hot this August. Kids playing football, its a great time raising these kids there is never a dull moment!

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