I have a great LOVE for the sport of gymnastics. I did it as a kid and totally and completely (well besides God, of course) give credit for my athleticism and strength to all those hours in the gym. So, it was a no brainer that I wanted my kids to try it out (although Jeff wasn't so gung-ho).
What I really liked more than anything was it was something they could do together :)
We tried it out in August and September, and then in October we were going to be busy (and little did we know get a sweet angel), so we opted out, and also November and December. We decided to give it another try in January and we finished out all the months since!
Jackson really likes it, although he is quite big for the Preschool class he is in. Creighton likes the act of gymnastics, I am just not sure she likes being in a class (and being taught) just yet. Their listening ears were on the bad side awful and I feel so sorry for Ms. Debbie, their teacher.
The whole class was typically crazy, but I will say they learned a lot. And, I know Jackson really liked going!
We didn't take too many pictures this year, but we did tonight. It was their final Parent's Night (aka Award Night) and they recieved trophies! They were so excited. (and so was I).
He was rather excited to see that Grandma Maxie, Nonna, Grammy, and Daddy (and Charleigh & Mom) were all there to watch him! :)
I have video of all the songs they sang (4) and they did a great job.
He was in Mrs. Morgan's class this year Monday, Wednesday, and half day Friday. He really did such a great job this year and learned a ton about so many things! His favorite friend, Colton, was in his class and it was just SO cute to see their friendship grow this year. They were pretty inseperable during the school year and we even had some playdates throughout the year, too.
The kids in his class were: Jackson, Olivia, Reed, Colton, Steven, Aubrie, Parker, and Grant (not pictured)
I believe that only Colton and Jackson are moving to Ranch Heights next year, but we are so glad that they will be together (and we are praying they get the same teacher).
Of course I couldn't leave without a picture of him being goofy...he is Jeff's kid afterall! I am sad it was so blurry, but I had to post it all the same.
And, so we go to big school next year...I am sure there will be many posts about that adventure! I am quite sad about it as of now, however.
My hubby printed off my blog in hard back for my birthday. He only did 06-07 just to see if I liked it first, but I didn't, I LOVED it.
So the next 2 books are coming soon! Yeehaw! And the good thing about that is they screwd up the first order so he got a really good discount on the next 2 (bigger) books...so it worked out nicely that he waited. It's so neat. That is why I started blogging in the first place, to keep record of what goes on (big and little) in our lives. I wanted the kids to see pictures and hear stories and such and with my mind going completely crazy ever since I had them, well I figured it wouldn't be best to try and recall them...
So the blog began, and now the blog is bound and we can hold it in our hands. It's not perfect, because our lives are far from perfect, but it's real, it's honest, it's us. I LOVE it. Thank you honey!
And just for the record. 30 is not nearly as bad as I thought....only the actually saying "I'm 30" part is hard and the fact that my body is absolutely falling apart
Well it's official. She said it yesterday but I wasn't so sure if it was just a fluke babble. But I am positive today that her first word is MAMA! SO exciting. Neither Jackson nor Creighton said mama first, and so its very fun! :)
I have some video...will try to upload it soon. But didn't want to miss this opportunity to write it down (as if I'd ever forget) :) Way to go Charleigh!
Certainly not because we haven't had things going on...but because we've been entirely TOO busy :)
Since I last posted, Charleigh had her first flight!
has now mastered sitting. She can go from her rocking position to a sitting position all by herself and she doesn't lean forward anymore.
She went from her sweet gummy grin, to one little tooth, to now she has 3 TEETH! What on earth? It's going so fast. She can crawl a few "steps" at a time and then falls forward before she gets right back up to conquer the task at hand. Her eating habits have been dramatically better. She LOVES squash and peas. She still loves her rice cereal more than anything though. She has started eating Biter Biscuits which are entirely more messy than they are worth, but it does keep her entertained and happy, and she's learning how to use her pincher :) She is smiling more than ever (except when her gums are hurting) and we all fall more in love with her EVERY DAY. I just can't get enough of her. Really. It's so crazy the way that I feel about this kid...
Cute baby, sweet big brother!
Jackson is "graduating" from his pre school program tomorrow. What? He starts public school in less than 3 months! He did exceptionally well under his teacher this year and has blossomed into such a smart and lovable little boy. I love it. I love this smile!
He says and does things that Jeff and I look at each other and say "really, did he just [do] [say] that." One of my favorite things about him (and Creighton) is how they say things wrong. I can't seem to make myself correct them right now...it's just way too cute. One day I will try to compile a list of all them. He has been in gymnastics and loves it. He is very strong and loves to show off. He is loving playing outside and climbing trees when he isn't begging to sit in front of the TV. I swear I would throw the thing away, but alas, like father like son... He has been doing exceptionally well for the last few weeks of Awana and finished his first book for Cubbies. He was ecstatic to receive the bear!
I LOVE THIS PICTURE!
Creighton will move upstairs next year to the same class and teacher that Jackson had this past year (I think on the teacher part) but did very very well with Ms. Jill this year.
She was always complemented on being so far ahead of where she should be for her age, but I think the best compliment Ms Jill gave her was in her ending letter : [Ms. Jill will miss Creighton for] her manners and her "Big Girl" personality. We have been working SO hard with her this past few months on her manners. She's done a super job. Now, if I can get her to obey and not be so hard headed, she'd be the greatest kid on the planet:) She NEVER ever stops singing. She sings what she wants to say, what shes thinking, and/or random nothingness. She sings with passion even when it doesn't make a bit of sense. She's becomming beautiful, which is scary...you know I did pray at one point that she'd be ugly so to fend off boys. :) (I am not kidding)...but I realized there are "ugly" boys that exist too. :) She's beautiful though, seriously. Stunning at moments. Thankfully she throws a LOT of attitude and a little tomboy in there every now and then or we'd really be in a lot of trouble.
Jeff pulled off throwing me a surprise party for my 30th birthday a week early.
My grandma was in town,
which was awesome and several friends and family came up! Better than the party (sorry everyone) was the book. I made Jeff a book for his 30th birthday and he one upped me by making mine bigger and better :) I LOVE it. I don't have a book of pictures from growing up but he did a great job of getting lots of baby/childhood pics in there and so it's awesome. But there are AWESOME letters from my friends and family which I will forever cherish.
I was clueless (for the most part) about everything. It was fun. For the record I am NOT 30 yet though :) Saturday after 4:13pm you can tell me welcome to the 30s, but not till then. I am not quite handling 30 well. That was always so old growing up...and I don't FEEL old, I don't feel like I LOOK old...so it's got to not be old, right?!
Things are good. We are all doing well. Ready for summer to enjoy some sunshine and play in the pool with the kids.