Monday, April 17, 2017

Happy 8th birthday JJ!!

JJ, We love you so much!  You are such a blessing in our lives and we are so proud of you. 

You are kind and a hard worker.  You love to play basketball, golf and attend or watch about an sporting event...just like your Daddy.  You are also a thrill seeker-the faster and wilder the challenge, the more excited you are about doing it.  This makes you a great partner for Daddy most of the time, but sometimes I'm in on the "fun" too. 

It is hard to believe that you are 8 years old.  We've seen so much growth in you over the past couple of years.  God has grown your confidence so much.  My shy little boy who always let me (or Sydney!) do the talking for him is no more.  You have great friends and a wonderful attitude that others notice and comment on.  You have truly taken our encouragement to be a shining light seriously!

At 8 you also love food, top choices being ribeye, prime rib and bacon burgers!  Playing and hanging out with Sydney and Luke are at the top of your list.  You are an awesome big brother and little brother at the same time.  God made you the perfect middle child and you think of that as a huge too!  Your closest friends are Conner, Joseph, Caleb, Bryant and Calvin.  You are always looking forward to our next adventure-whatever that may be.  This summer you are looking forward to time with family, days at the pool, basketball camps and church camp.  I am also counting down the days... 

We love you JJ.  God made you so special & it's an honor to be your mom and are the best!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Celebrating Birthdays x 3!

This year we celebrated Sydney, JJ and Luke at our home all the same day in early March.
Luke is already 6 and way too soon JJ and Sydney will be 8 and 10.
We are so blessed that these three have each other to grow up with.

They had a great time...
great food, gifts and loved ones.
All four of their grandparents, their great grandmother and the Linns all were able to make it.
And, of course, that made the day!

We got the grandparents for the day and the Linns all weekend.
Glad you had such a great birthday celebration SG, JJ and LA.
 I love you birthday trio!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Neil Armstrong

JJ, As a part of 2nd grade, it was your turn to be in a wax museum at school.  You were to study, dress up like and prepare a speech about a famous American. 
You were Neil Armstrong-the first man to walk on the moon!

We borrowed an astronaut costume from a friend and modified a Buzz Lightyear helmet. 

You had fun creating your display and learning about him. 

Daddy and I were both glad we could come and see you.  We are proud of you.


Most classes came through too, including Kindergarten and 4th grade :)

I met Queen Esther, Squanto, JFK, and even Donald Trump among several others.
However, you...Neil Armstrong...were the best!
Love you!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Goodbye Braces

Sydney-February 1st of 2016 you got your braces (and a lovely expander-ha).

You have rocked them!
You have been the best patient ever. 

TODAY was a big day-----off they came! 

And your smile, as always, is absolutely beautiful......

Bring on the gum!!!!!!

PS.  This is the note ("invitation") your brother JJ gave me for tonight. 
Those two boys celebrated right along with you today.
Love you.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

JJ's Basketball Season

JJ-you sure do love basketball!  You had a great season and are sad it's come to an end.
This season you played on the Ducks, and you learned so much.
Most of all-you had FUN!

We are proud of how aggressive you've become at defense and how you've worked to release your shot quicker.  Hands up in your face or not---you are shooting that ball.  Often times, it works out just fine for you since you are taller than almost everyone.
Your rebounding and ball handling is improving all the time.

Of course, you enjoy having fans at your games-your grandparents each made it to two games and Mrs. Henderson came to see you and Conner too.

We're thankful that Upward has been a great option for you the past three seasons.
I hope you know how much your Daddy loves you and enjoys being one of your coaches.

Great job #2!  It's such a blessing to watch you do something you enjoy so much...
Your #1 fan 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Luke Takes A Shot

Luke-you've just about wrapped up your first season of basketball.  You were a Bear and played in the K Upward league  We did not expect you to enjoy it as much as you did.  By the 2nd game of the season, we were riding through town and you were thanking us for letting you play. You said it's " too hard to pick" if you liked basketball or baseball more. 

You loved scoring (in one game 7 times!), and were not a big fan of passing!  During the first few games, there were no passes and so we would try to encourage you to get an assist.  While you didn't like that plan at first, late in the season you did that too.

I think part of the fun was getting to play the same sport that your big brother also enjoys.  Every week we would have your game and shortly after you got to watch him play in his.

You were a JOY to watch-sometimes you would spontaneously run off the court to give me a hug or Daddy a high five.  Hope you enjoyed him coaching you as much as he did being a part of your first time playing basketball.  We love you #15!  Can't wait to watch you do your next thing...

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Celebrating Luke

 Luke, you had a great 6th birthday!
On the big day, you played in your first ever! basketball game. 
You scored 4 points and your grandparents were all four there to see it with us.
You picked lunch at your favorite place and they made sure you had the royal treatment!

We ate cookie cake at home and you had a few presents to open.

The night before your birthday, you had your school and church
friends at a party with Chuck E Cheese.
You were so happy!

I know it was such a special night for you at a place you've always enjoyed.
And I am so very thankful we could do this for you.

After watching your sister and brother in years past, it was your turn to go in the ticket blaster. 
You even caught the "magic ticket."

Later that night before bed, I asked you who of your friends had the most fun at your party.
"ME!" you said :)

Love you 6 year old-you are an amazing gift and little boy!
Can't wait to be a part of your next year!