Ivan and I spent a little time last night hashing out a birthday gift list for Ethan. His birthday is coming up in just a couple weeks, so we need to get going. Especially with any shipping delays, I feel like we probably should have had any important/ bigger items ordered by now!
I have been uber aware of the passage of time lately in many ways, regarding the boys. Ethan will be 12 in July. I can’t even wrap my head around that. 12!!! That sounds so…big! This is his last birthday that won’t have “-teen” after it!! OMG. This is not possible.
Speaking of teenagers, I started reading this book yesterday morning:
I’ve only read a short bit, but so far I really like it! It was a Christmas gift from my Mom. I read some reviews online and it seems to be very well regarded. The author was actually a foster kid who got himself into plenty of trouble as a teen, getting kicked out of home after home, constant run ins with the police, etc. Finally one foster family refused to give up on him and after a long, long, LONG time, they were able to turn him around.
His introduction is called “Every kid needs a Rodney” (the name of his foster father) because he feels that a supportive, committed relationship with at least one trusted adult is absolutely the most key factor in a child’s (or teenager’s) success in life. He now devotes his life’s work to helping teens and helping adults learn to deal better with and support teens as speaker, author and youth advocate, and his organization is called “One Caring Adult”.
The book is super easy and fun to read- right up my alley. His writing style is very relaxed and funny.
Anyway, I’m hoping to get ahead of the curve on figuring out teenagers. Haha! I will report back! 😉
I feel like my boys are in that sweet spot right now, where they aren’t too moody or crabby or difficult, they still love spending time with us (for the most part) and I can typically still make them do whatever I want (again, for the most part). 😊 They still have a very youthful, childish innocence about them that is so sweet, but at the same time they have a maturity that is very enjoyable, allowing for deeper, more interesting conversations and activities. They are becoming more and more independent every day, which makes life much easier as well. Can’t we just freeze time???? Please????
A few random tidbits from yesterday:
The shrimp tacos turned out really tasty. I squeezed plenty of lime on the shrimp as I cooked it and they were delicious. I made some Mexican rice on the side and we had black beans too. Ivan chopped up some pico de gallo to top the tacos.
I pulled my first little “harvest” from garden…just 2 types of lettuce and some cilantro. Lots of other things seem to be growing! I can see some peppers forming and so far it’s all looking pretty decent. With the rain this week some weeds sprouted too, so I need to get out there and clean it up today or tomorrow.
Finally, these flowers in the bed off of my deck finally opened up. I always like these because I can see them from my kitchen window. I forget what these are called….I know I have a couple readers that know about flowers, so help me out! These things are pretty but also kind of crazy- I find them sprouting up all over the place!! They can be a little obnoxious!
Enjoy your day! I saw this quote online yesterday and liked it a lot. It is referring to music practice, but I think it applies to anything. Whatever you want to be awesome at, get after it today! 😊
I am grateful for humor. From funny memes to online video clips to just a simple one liner in my book, I always appreciate humor. It just feels so good to laugh and smile. I’ve always loved a good comedy movie too. There are people I know that just crack me up too whenever I have a conversation with them and I always find that so joyful and refreshing.