Jackson got inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. And he's about to be an 8th grader. So excited about his future but really missing my little boy. So many changes this school year.
Jackson wanted a day at Busch Gardens for his birthday. It worked because next week was Spring Break. That Monday, we made plans to go with a few friends. And then.... he got sick the night prior. Congested, couldn't sleep; it was so sad. He rallied, though. Josh & I drove separate cars just in case he couldn't hang. With meds on board, he rode 2 rides and then hit a wall. We left with Cameron and Bella. Josh stayed back with Dylan, Kaleb & Sydney. Later on that night, he ended up with a fever and was down for 2 days during Spring Break. Poor kid.
Finally. The return of baseball season is always exhilarating. It means Spring will soon be here. And ultimately, Summer. And yet, this weekend, we are expecting snow.
Jackson is also playing baseball. And of course, basketball. Bella will be playing tball this year. Not sure I'm ready for that. I mean, I can't wait to see how she does, to see if she likes it. To see her in baseball pants and a helmet. But, it's going to be a(nother) busy season for us. With lots of traveling and, unfortunately, splitting up.
Bella is still taking dance and entertaining us every night with her routines. When she's not sitting on the cough engrossed in my phone and snacking, that is.
Bella has made friends with our new neighbors across the street. They have a 6 year old boy and a 9 year old daughter. Despite the weather, they have spent many afternoons playing outside, either on the trampoline or a good old-fashioned game of hide-and-seek. She begs to go outside to play with them before we even get home. I honestly love it because she's outside playing, and well, she's entertained. And she's not trying to eat every snack in the house before dinner.
The other night, we "grounded" her for the first time for going in her friend's house without asking. She knew the rules and yet, she broke them. Her reasoning? We should've known where she had gone when both her and her friend were no longer playing in our yard. She couldn't go outside to play the following night. It was torture for me. And absolutely heartbreaking. She cried and begged and pleaded and apologized and promised and tried to persuade me to give her one more chance. Surprisingly, I did not cave, and she did not get to go outside that evening. And it worked. Because now anytime she doesn't do something we ask her to, all we have to say is, "Do you want to be grounded?"
We finally got some yard work done. It was a warm night, and Josh pulled us all outside to pitch in. The boys actually cooperated and were a big help. Bella pouted, because she was grounded and her friends were playing in the street.
Jackson sewed a knapsack in Teen Living. He gave me step-by-step instructions on how he did it. He's pretty proud. And I think he enjoys the sewing machine. Since he finished his project early, he plans to make me a small pillow during his spare time.
I pulled up the other night to the house, and there were 5-6 kids playing basketball in the driveway with Jackson. I recognized all of them but one. Later on, I asked Jackson who the other kid was. He told me he was a new kid at school and that he had had to show him around today. He rides the same bus, so on the way home Jackson invited him over to play basketball. If only there were more people in this world like him.
My name is Kaci. I am a working mom of 3. Wife to Josh. Mom to Jackson, Cameron & Isabella. My life is dinner, homework, baseball, basketball, grocery lists, laundry, wine, video games, and bath time. I started this blog because I am passionate about photography and journaling, and because I wanted a place to write it all down, to rememeber little details so easily forgotten in the mad rush that is the life of a family of 5. Through my photos and words, I endeavor to capture our story.