Now is the time that we find ourselves in the middle of birthday season! Oh how I wish that birthday season wasn't smack dab in the middle of back-to-school season. But it is, and so we do both simultaneously all the while thinking that Christmas is right around the corner and the mama be careful not to
First up, Jude, who turns 8 years old this year.
Jude, our anal-retentive, liner rule follower has found his rebellious side this year. Not that he uses it often, but every once in a while this once always-obedient child now knows how to sneak off when asked to do something or show his disapproval when he has to do something he doesn't want to do.
He's become a little fish in the last year, swims up a storm and thus has an awesome tan. He's grown in confidence (see aforementioned rebellious side) and has more friends and school and is more likely to raise his hand in class. Don't get me wrong. If we meet on the street and he doesn't know you, he's still the one that I'll likely have to coax to even say hello when I introduce you and even then he's probably not gonna make any eye contact.
Jude finally tipped the scales at 40 lbs. this year! Yes, he's still a little guy. Probably always will be.
Jude has really shown that he's quite a little athlete in the last year. He's a quick learner and more importantly he really loves to learn new athletic and sports skills. He listens to his coaches and takes into account what they are teaching him and he practices practices practices all he can. And he loves it! He's taken to baseball and golf this year.
He takes school quite seriously. He's in 2nd grade this year. On the morning of a spelling test, he'll ask me if we can study just one more time before we head out the door for school. In second grade he's yet to have any letter grades, and I'm kinda dreading the day he does.
I love this child so so much. He's a rock on most days and easy to parent. I'm a lucky mama indeed!