Our weeks are busy and consist of : practice, laundry, dance, grocery trips, menu planning, haircuts, chores, homework. Our weekends consist of this. For now. Until the next season. 4 games per weekend. 4 teams. 3 locations. Sometimes there's conflicts and we're rushing from one game to the next, hoping to catch some of this game and that.
This picture just makes me smile.
Cam went to Jackson's bball practice. He did better than he thinks against a bunch of 13, 14 and 15 year olds. He knew he had to give his all. And there's always a little friendly competition among siblings.
We did a thing today.
Another year, another Christmas tree. It was a little cold. And we possibly looked at Every.Tree.
They oblige me with a picture. But this is the only time I get a traditional photo of these 3 (literally since Bella was a baby).
It's far from perfect. But they give me what they give me. And each year, I see a piece of their personalities.
And they still love running, hiding and playing tag among the trees. Even though Jackson is too tall to fit in the tree tunnel, he still ran around and chased them both.
On the way to get the tree, Josh pointed out that we will only do this 4 more times before Jack will be in college. Gosh....
Get your teenager in the frame! Even if you have to lie to them and tell them you are just practicing with your settings. And they laugh because they know you are full of sh#*. And you get this cute picture because, well, that profile. And you wonder why they don't like you to post these pictures because they're so cute and they are the best thing that ever happened to you. And you should be allowed to share them with the world because they're perfect and you MADE them.
Oh what a weekend of fun, crazy, intense and exciting sports it was!!
Jackson's Pacers played the HRBA in the championship yesterday and it was quite THE game, to say the least. Something I know him or I will never forget.
This team had already beaten us by an average of 20 points twice this season. I tried to encourage Jackson beforehand not to go into the game thinking they had already lost. The entire game was a nail biter. The two teams played tough and physical. The Pacers just looked different on the court. Even Jackson pushed his limits. We went back & forth with the lead, never falling further behind than 6 points.
At halftime, the scored was tied 21-21. In the final minute, the opposing team had taken the lead. We were down 41-39. With only 4 seconds left, Jack swished a 3 to narrow the lead 43-42. The other team went to the foul line and made 1 of 2 free throws; the score was now 44-42. Only 1 second remaining, and we got the rebound. The ball was passed up court to Jack who took the shot right at the buzzer for a 3 for THE WIN!!!!!! The crowd went nuts. The parents and spectators charged the court but Jack's teammates had already erupted off the bench and surrounded him. People from other courts had been watching the game because it was the championship and such a close game. The entire place was so loud. I stood back and watched Jackson surrounded by his teammates and coaches who were jumping and screaming all around him, bear hugging him and slapping him on the back. The biggest smile ever on his face. Quite possibly one of the best parent moments ever for me. I can't imagine what it felt like for him.
We just finished week 2 of school, and we're finally starting to settle back into a routine. It didn't help that we had a whole week off already due to a hurricane threat.
The boys are adjusting really well at their new schools. I'll admit, I was so worried for Jackson starting at a new high school and not knowing anyone since he was accepted into the academy and would be leaving all of his friends. I was so relieved when he came home from open house telling me all about the new friends he had already made and the "cute girls". He has such a great personality and so easily makes friends. As a mom, it just makes me feel better knowing he is happy. And after only 2 weeks, he is already asking to hang out at his new friend's house this weekend.
He is also adjusting to the earlier mornings. Leaving for the bus stop at 6:20 was a drastic change from middle school leaving at 8:40. It's still dark when he heads out. And he's always been the one who likes to sleep in, sometimes sleeping til noon in the summertime. He's definitely more tired in the evenings and going to bed before any of us.
I am also enjoying our afternoons together. His academy bus drops him off at my school, so he spends about 20 minutes in my clinic waiting for me to get off and then we get to ride home together. He is always very talkative and tells me (actual) details about his day. He likes all of his teachers and gets to play basketball in the gym with friends during lunch. This is something that I desperately needed right now. I know he is growing up so very fast, and I love that he enjoys talking to me and telling me things.
He's still playing basketball for the Pacers at the field house every Sunday. His love for basketball is just as strong as ever.
Cam was more nervous about starting middle school. He was worried about getting lost.
His favorite class is P.E. (of course) and he talks about his Science teacher and how much he likes her sense of humor. Teachers are so very important and can really make or break a subject (or an entire school year) for this kid. He's very conscientious about his work and his grades. He said his English teacher even asked him why he wasn't taking Advanced English. We've had a few crying spells over missed assignments and a chromebook that was left at home. But, he's learning and growing, and I'm expecting a lot of growth from him this year. And, he had straight As on his first progress report!
Lately, he's been focused on getting into shape, asking to go to the rec to workout or going running in the neighborhood with a buddy. He's spent more time socializing with friends and even did his homework via face time with a classmate one night.
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, middle school, wine, video games, and schedules. I started this blog because I love taking pictures, and I needed a place to document our life. I wanted a place to write it all down, to remember 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.