You still like to collect shells. And give them to me as gifts. You were so proud of this shell you found on the shores of Hatteras Island this past weekend. You love going to the beach, to the "beach house" for family vacations. The more, the merrier. You don't mind just going to the beach every day. You seem to like just having us all together, no schedule, no matter what we do. You love playing games at the beach. This year, the favorite was Pop Pop's "low tide toss". We only stayed for 3 days this summer. As usual, you had so much fun; you didn't want to leave.
(This shell sits on your dresser in your room. You were so worried I had forgotten it when we got home.)
This summer, you have learned to boogey board all on your own (no longer needing Daddy's push). And love it. Every time you came in, you would look to me and Daddy to make sure we saw and give us the thumbs up.
On the drive down to the Outer Banks, you brought up a memory. "Dad, remember that time we came down here and stayed in the two story house? And we had to stop at the park to wait for our house? And me and you and Kaleb played catch at the park?" The sweet, little things that you remember. Those little things at the time, I don't realize you appreciate. Or that you are even going to remember it. Or that you are having the time of your life.
It makes my heart happy that you love being with your family.
We are moving up to kid pitch in baseball. You keep asking Daddy to practice pitching. Sometimes the two of you bump heads, but you're getting older now, and more mature. And you're starting to listen to what he tries to teach you. You can be very stubborn at times, especially when you're embarrassed. But when you figure something out, the smile on your face just lights up my heart.
You are growing like a weed. Again. You're still in the 90th percentile for both height and weight. You are very proud that you weigh 82 pounds.
You've loved having me home with you for the second half of the Summer. And I've loved it even more. I'm looking forward to next Summer.
You are such a good big brother, and cousin. You are really good with the little ones. I think you take pride in being older than them. When you're not tormenting Bella (which I would be surprised if you didn't give her just a little grief), you are her biggest fan. Sometimes she gets annoyed when you try to parent her, but I know you are only doing your big brother deed. She's just as stubborn as you.
Third grade is just around the corner, and it's a big turning point from little kid to big kid. I'm excited, and a little nervous, to see how you handle it. Jackson will no longer be at school with you. Even though you love having him there, I think the separation will be good for your independence and growth. I know you will do great in school; you always have.
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.