Oh my goodness, I hear you thinking, has Suzi really blogged again? Yessiree Bob, and I hope to get back into the swing of the blogging world again. Hope you’re ready to join me!
I don’t think I have posted a blog since April and a lot has happened since then; here is the Cliff’s Notes version:
Sam graduated from second grade and will have to leave the teacher he has entertained for 2 consecutive years. He asked if he could go to summer school so he could spend more time with her. Awww…
He finished his second season of soccer with a gold medal at the Cedar Valley Cup. He is an awesome little player, I don’t mind telling you, and I was almost embarrassed when he just kept scoring during some games. The highlight of the season for him was a series of corner kicks that kept getting knocked out of bounds by an exceptionally tall opponent. By the 6th kick in a row, I saw Sam start to get irritated and feel challenged. By kick 9 or so, he decided he was done messing around with this kid, kicked the ball over his head and into the opposite corner of the goal for a score. That goal was not embarrassing.
Sam played t-ball this summer against his wishes and has inherited his mother’s penchant for fielding over hitting; hopefully he will continue to be fast because I see a lot of bunting in his future.
He is reading a lot this summer and has found the Star Wars section at the library. I often find him reading in his bed in the morning, which I love, and asked for a fort chair that would be comfortable to read in for his birthday. Man, that kid and I have a lot in common.
Drew graduated from kindergarten in the spring and, although he really liked his teacher, he did not request summer school. He is loving the freedom that summer affords but is a little irritated that I don’t just let him play Wii all day long. He has surprised me with his enthusiasm for the homework pages I make them complete almost every day but prefers the pages that are entirely too easy for him over the more challenging assignments. His reading continues to improve and I will often find him lying on his bed reading as well, especially when “screens” have been lost for the day.
Drew practiced with Sam’s soccer team most of the spring and is developing some speed and soccer skills. He also played t-ball this summer, albeit with more excitement than his big brother, and enjoyed every single game. He is a terrific fielder but may also have inherited my poor hitting skills. I’m hopeful that he will buck the legacy and become a home run hitter!
Drew is a very social little dude, constantly asking to invite friends over to play. However, once those friends arrive he doesn’t really know what to do with them beyond playing Wii, which is typically not allowed. We can usually find an outdoor or water activity to keep them entertained but there have been some tough moments.
Bridget made it through the school year but has not been as entertained as I had hoped now that the boys are home. They appear to just be getting in her way. She spends the majority of the day ordering “da boys” around and scolding them when they do not obey her orders explicitly.
Bridget has grown up so much in the last few months but is still pretty clingy to whichever parent is her favorite at the moment. Once she feels comfortable with someone, however, she is difficult to shake. I thought Sam talked a lot but Bridget has achieved a whole new level of constant chatter. You can ask our neighbor Devon if you need more information on that aspect of her personality; the poor little dude was trying to fall asleep in the car after fireworks but Bridget just had so much to tell his mother and I!
With the boys on constant watch, there have been fewer incidents involving food stealing but she has been known to shove 4 or 5 jelly beans in her mouth when I ask her what she is doing. When I ask if she has eaten them, she shakes her head no while multi-colored drool runs down her cheeks. It is awesome.
Those are the brief highlights of our summer so far…pool shenanigans, the lowdown on my trip to Hawaii (!), an update on our landscaping battle and Blair’s latest misadventures to come!
And now I have a request: I have cancelled most of my current writing contracts because they were sucking the joy from my soul and not paying me enough to be worth it. ($2 an article…really?) so I am focusing on writing that I love. Part of that is this blog so feel free to pester me if I am slacking off. Also, if you have any hilarious stories about your children, grandparents, spouses or in-laws please pass them on; there is a book of essays in the works entitled “Dude, You Have to Kneel to Pee” and I may need a few more entries. Thanks!
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