Saturday, April 29, 2017

6 Years Old

This year has gone by so quickly. And I know every year gets faster but it's hard to fathom that you are 6 and going to be a 1st grader this year. Your first year of school is almost over (19 more days!) and it has been nothing short of amazing watching you learn. We've gone from reading to you at night to you reading to us. Your favorite subject so far is math, you love numbers. And you are a dodge ball playing expert. You've had a blast this year with dad after school...going to football practice, then basketball practice, and now baseball practice. Attending all the home games for those sports and helping dad out with the state tournament. You ran your first marathon in marathon club after school, finished two seasons of basketball, and are ready for your second season of baseball. You've got a really fun group of sports buddies you're playing with and it you've made some good friends there as well as school. It was a busy school year and you were always able to go with the flow.

You have your moments of annoyed big brother with Landry (when she's stealing your cars etc) but for the most part you are so awesome with her. You always want to see her in the morning before you leave for school and you can't go to bed without giving her a hug and kiss. And I love that you still say, "goodnight baby." She adores you. 

We've had our fair share of challenging parental moments with you but with that comes growth...for all of us. We are hoping there's a little less attitude with 6...I won't hold my breath. But you have such a tender heart and still love to snuggle up with us, so happy you haven't grown out of that yet. You are so caring and usually move up on the behavior chart at school for being kind. I guess you are listening when I send you off in the morning, "learn and be kind." 

You've taken over family prayers when we eat and at bedtime. I love listening to you pray, it really shows just how sweet you are. You pray for friends, family, Maisy, safe travels, for people to feel better, whatever is going on with someone you know, you pray for them. It's amazing to hear. 

We are excited to watch another year of growth and couldn't be more proud of you. How blessed we are to be your parents. We love you to the moon and back. 

Time Slips Away!

As always, life has been busy. Following Haiti and Landry's birthday we got back into the swing of things by taking advantage of the amazing weather the first couple days of February. Of course I had to get in Landry's 1 year shoot. This was a challenge, I can't make her laugh like Jaris and Brett do but Brett couldn't come with us so I was relying on JT. The hard part was carrying Landry, my camera, and my props to the location. Not an easy task but we made it work. My assistant did his job and the pictures turned out great.

We spent as much time outside as possible and a lot of time at Veritas basketball games.

Brett wanted to host the state tournament and worked really hard to make sure that happened. He got it and he did an amazing job. He pulled double duty as athletic director and coach. He was the first person there and the last to leave. He had so much help from parents and the entire school seemed to rally around the event. It was SO MUCH FUN. It was awesome to watch the students really get into each game and for the entire school to really support our athletes. I had to miss a few of the girls' day games but my cheerleaders did such a good job on their own. I really had an awesome team this year that could do what they were supposed to do when I couldn't be there. The boys played at night usually super late and let me tell you Landry did AMAZING. Even though I was the only that could hold her (nothing new) she didn't fuss, cry, or throw a fit...nothing. Jaris of course had a blast each night. Our girls placed 4th, not the finish they wanted but they played hard and had a good season. Our boys got to the championship game. Brett was gone all day for the day games and the kids and myself were running errands. All day I kept saying how I felt like it was going to be our night, it was our time. Last year we lost a heart breaker and I just felt like this years team was going to do it. And I was right! It was such a fun night, the crowd was awesome, my cheerleaders did an amazing job keeping them in it and when the buzzer went off they all stormed the court. What I love about our school is that it's all ages. So you had little brothers and sisters, kindergarten through 12th graders storming the court. It was awesome, and what an example to set for those younger kids. I'm so happy for Brett as a coach and athletic director to bring in the first state basketball title in Veritas history, while hosting! He's awesome.

They asked for JT to be in the picture, it was so sweet. Love those boys!

Jaris finished the second half of the basketball season. He did awesome and we are ready to move on to baseball. We got so lucky to get in with this group of boys, they are competitive and FULL of personality!

Jaris also got to throw out the first pitch for a KU baseball game this year! KU's current baseball coach surpassed Brett's papa as the all time winningest KU baseball coach. They had a small presentation on the field with Brett and Steph to recognize Floyd and congratulate coach Price. After that Jaris threw out the first pitch. He did awesome! It was so cute to watch him out there and before when he was warming up with the guys and coach. He loved it.

How stinking cute does he look?!

My mom, the kids, and I headed to St Louis to visit Danielle. We hit up the zoo and holy moly it was packed. It was the first super nice day of the spring and because the zoo is free everyone decided to come out. It was almost too busy and slightly overwhelming. Landry loved the penguins, you could get close enough to touch and they liked to splash you. She was cracking up. Jaris loved the sea lions show and the snakes of course.

We also went to the Magic House. Super cool place for kids of all ages, over 100 things/attractions in the house for them to do and it was really fun!

In other fun news, the Ballard's are moving back! Well..Topeka but that's much better then NC! They came into town when we got back from St Louis for the press conference and to do some house hunting. So lucky for us we got in some quality niece and nephew time!

We had a nice Easter (although we didn't have time to dye eggs #parentfail) at my parents house and my mother in law joined in. Jaris went on a fun scavenger hunt my mom and sister put together and got a ton of candy.

I got to join Jaris on his field trip again this year to my favorite place, Deanna Rose Farmstead. I love the 1900 era of one room school houses, general stores, parlors, etc plus all the baby goats and cows...I could live here. It's fun to get to watch him with his classmates.

We also got to host the junior and senior classes for their Night on the Town event. It's hard to do a prom when the graduating class only has 15 students so they pair the the junior class and start at one house for appetizers, head to another for dinner, and another for dessert. They take a limo and then head downtown. We hosted the dessert portion of the evening with and ice cream bar! It was super fun and I think they loved it!

Things to remember about Landry...

Her new thing is holding her arms out and doing the "come get me" gesture with her hands. So stinking cute.

Whenever one of us is laying on the ground she will come over and plop her head down on your belly and lay comfortably.

Lets out a little giggle every time I lay her down for bed and she gets her blanket.

She gives the most amazing hugs! He little arms spread shoulder to shoulder and she lays her head down, ugh they melt your heart.

When I pick you up and you pat the back of my shoulder with your little chubby hand.

Any time you want me you come over and put your head between my legs and wrap you arrms around them...I love it.

You are super obsessed with Maisy right now. You like to tell her "good girl" while petting her nicely (which we work on everyday) but you also like to use her to help you up while grabbing her fur! And sitting on her if your favorite thing.

Your favorite thing to say right now is "hi" and it couldn't be more adorable.

You might not want other people to hold you but you have no problem walking around a restaurant or wherever all by yourself and saying hi to people.

And still obsessed with books.