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Jenna’s 5th Birthday


As I sit here and write you this letter, I find myself amazed that while you have only been part of this family for 5 years, I feel like you have been with us forever.  I still look at you and wonder where my baby with jet black hair has gone and how you have turned into this beautiful blonde little girl.

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I have a hard time putting you in to words.  You are full of spunk and sass and attitude, but you have the biggest heart and are so caring about your friends.  You have the emotions of a teenager (which really scares me for the future) and the feistiness of Natalie from the Dixie Chicks (look up that reference when you are older).  You are a tom-boy but one that wears a dress.   You have the best facial expressions and always have the funniest one liners.  You make us laugh everyday.

You are perfectly you!


This is the perfect example of you at your finest.  Yesterday your brother asked his magic 8 ball if you were going to cry anymore tonight.  The magic 8 ball said “absolutely”.  You said “no I am not…I don’t cry”.  Then as the night went on you came running up to me crying saying that “while you were playing American ninja warrior, Jaxson moved the pillow when he jumped on it”.  And I said “jenna…stop crying…just move the pillow back…and I guess the magic 8 ball was right since it said you were going to cry tonight”.  Which then set you off even more and you cried “how did it know???? how did the magic 8 ball know I was going to cry???”  lol.

Soon you will be starting kindergarten and I am so not ready for that to happen.  You are still my baby and there is just no way that it is possible that you are old enough to start elementary school.  However, you are ready!  You have been ready.  You want to walk with Jaxson to the “big kid” school and you want to have art class and PE class and music class.  You want to see this “school library” that Jaxson talks about where you get books from school and you can bring them home every week and you don’t have to drive there.  You are going to love it.  Everything about it.


This year you really have come out of your shell.  You have found your voice and you are not afraid to let anyone hear it.  Just last year you would not even talk to someone (let alone look at them) if you didn’t know them (or sometimes even if you did know them), but you have decided shy is not for you.  Thank goodness because you are just so full of personality that I am glad everyone (not just the select few) get to see it!

Now…5 is a huge milestone birthday for me.  I feel like it is when you stop being a toddler and you become a kid.  Like a real grown kid.

Your 5 year old world is so amazing.    Barbies, coloring, bike riding, dress-up…I never want to leave.  I want to stay in this world forever…or at least pause it so that I can remember every little thing that you did, what you said and how your cute little voice said it.

So, I have five wishes for you this year:

  1. Be You!  Don’t be anything but you.  Don’t let other people tell you who you should be.  Just be you.  Relish who you are and do not hope for who you cannot be.
  2. Spread joy and be kind.  Treat others like you would want to be treated.  Basic rule that will follow you your entire life.  Say please, say thank you, don’t brag, be respectful, etc…you get the picture.
  3. Be happy.  Be 5.  Run wild, dance carelessly, sing loudly.  Do things that make you happy.
  4. Be Strong.  Remember that girls (and little blonde girls especially) are just as strong as everyone else.  Along your way on this journey of life, someone will say “you can’t do that…you are a girl” to which I want you to reply “watch me”.  Let these people know that you are a force to be reckoned with!
  5. Listen.  Sometimes the best thing you can do in life is to just listen.  Whether it is to your teacher, your parents, your friends, God, birds, nature…just listen.  Take it in and learn.

I am forever grateful that you are my daughter….my mini-me.  I am forever changed…and forever your momma.

This is life at 5.  I know you will make me proud.  I know you will shine.

I love you goosey goo.

Happy Birthday!


5th Birthday Interview

Jenna was asked some serious questions and this is how she responds…

What is your favorite…

  • color: pink/purple
  • animal: zebra
  • book: I Spy
  • food: chick fila chicken nuggets
  • store: target
  • toy: babies and barbies
  • tv show: Alvin
  • movie: Frozen
  • song: Let it go and Vacation Bible School songs
  • breakfast: lucky charms
  • sport: gymnastics

What do you sleep with at night:

  • ellie the elephant and my pink and blue flower blanket

What do you want to be when you grow up:

  • teacher

Do you have a boyfriend:

  • Jaxson…haha…and Thomas



8 year stats

Jaxson’s stats at 8 years old!!!!!!

Height: 4ft 3in (crazy that they start using feet rather than just inches to describe how tall he is).  60th percentile

Weight: 63.3 lbs (seriously…63lbs!!!!) 75th percentile

He also had to pee in a cup…that was interesting.  He thought it was the funniest thing ever.  But lets be honest, I was holding the cup…it was not funny.  And the decision on his pee…in his doctors words “perfect”.  So gross…I need to go wash my hands again…with bleach.  lol.


8th Birthday Party

Jaxson wanted a video game truck this year for his birthday party and let me tell you…it was a HUGE success.  This truck was equipped with 6 TVs (4 inside and 2 outside), every video game console you would want and an entire library of games.  It parked in front of our house, the kids got inside…and we didn’t see them for the next few hours (unless they emerged for a bathroom break or a quick snack).  The adults and little siblings played on the outside TV’s and consoles doing some wii bowling and just dance.  It was honestly so much fun and one of the easiest parties ever!    We served hot dogs, chips, fruit and cake (and seriously…8 year old boys can eat…and they can eat alot…way more than I expected) and I sent each kid home with a homemade Wii chocolate remote and a hot wheels car.

A letter to my son on his 8th birthday


Anytime you want to stop growing…I am good with that.  ANYTIME.  I told you yesterday that I am keeping you forever…and your response to me was “I have to go to college someday!”  Okay…in 10 years you can go to college…that is near home.  Done!

First, I want you to know how incredibly proud I am of you.  I know that I tell you this all the time but I really want to you understand that these are just not words, but truth.  My heart swells with pride in everything you do.

You try your hardest at everything…school, sports, friendships, being nice to your sister (okay maybe not that one so much, but you are getting better)…and even if you don’t succeed you don’t let it discourage you.  You are one of those “get back up on the horse and try again” kind of kids.

You are also caring and supportive to everyone you meet.  I have always known that you are an amazing friend, but at baseball recently I have taken more notice as to just how amazing you are.  You are always the one to pat a kid on a shoulder or high five someone if they did a great job.  Or you right there next to the kid who is struggling saying “hey..it is okay, we still have 2 innings left…you will hit the next one”.  You probably won’t understand this now…but this is a great quality to have.

You are still a rule follower and I love this about you.  I am pretty sure you judge me every time I suggest sneaking candy or gatorade into a movie.  I mean come on!  We are not the first people to do this…I promise.  But that is fine…this is also a commendable quality.

I see you growing up so quickly and I see the baby slipping away more and more each day, being replaced by a boy with a heart and mind all of his own. I knew this was bound to happen, but I will admit, the “little you” will be missed.

So this year I am giving you things to remember as you continue on this journey called life:

  1. Family first…always!  You know that everything your father and I do, is for you and your sister.  We would literally give our right arm for you guys.  Family is so important and family will be there with you through everything.  We will be there for your lowest lows and your highest highs.  You will always be able to count on us.
  2. Losing is a way of winning.  This is a hard one to grasp, but I promise, failing at things, helps you be a better person.  Losing gives you the chance to grow and learn from your mistakes.  It makes you appreciate the wins more.
  3. Work hard for what you want.  You are not entitled to anything in life.  You must work for what you want and you must work hard.  If you want to be a better athlete, you need to practice.  If you want to be smarter, you need to study more.  You must earn everything because nothing in life is given to you.
  4. Always stay humble and kind.  Treat people with kindness because you never know what they have going on in their life.  Never get too big for your britches (oh man..i sound like my grandma).  Be the best you that you can, but remember confidence is wonderful, however cockiness is unattractive.
  5. Respect.  You MUST give respect to earn respect.  You need to respect adults, whether they are coaches, teachers, parents…they are here to teach you, guide you  and help you grow into a strong adult.  You need to respect your friends…they are important to you and don’t take them for granted. You need to respect girls…someday you will be dating and this will be ever so important.  And you need to respect yourself…you are smart, and valuable and able to do anything you want in life.
  6. Take responsibility for your actions.  Own up to your mistakes.  It will make people respect you more and it will make you stronger.
  7. Be you.  Be Jaxson.  Don’t let anyone make you be someone that you aren’t.  Do what you want to do…and do it your way.
  8. I have faith in you.  I will always be right beside you, supporting your decision and trusting in your goals and dreams.  I have faith that you can be anyone or anything you want to be.

I love you, monkey moo, to the moon and back.  More than all the fishes in the ocean and more than all the stars in the sky.






8th birthday interview

I know that I have been missing in action on this blog for quite a few months…however I want to make sure I continue with the birthday interviews so that I can remember these amazing moments.

So Jaxson at 8 years old….

Favorite color: Blue

Favorite animal: monkey, turtle, rhino

Favorite book: peter pan

Favorite food: rice/beans

Favorite store: game stop

Favorite toy/game: lego movie game for WiiU

Favorite sports team: packers

Favorite tv show: alvin and the chipmunk and texas flip and move

Favorite movie: ninja turtles

Favorite song: shell shocked

Best Friend: Cambric

Favorite snack: popcorn

Favorite drink: powerade

What do you sleep with: blue blanket and slush (a beanie boo)

Favorite breakfast: donuts

Girlfriend???:  NO!!!!

Favorite sport: soccer/baseball

Favorite thing you like to play outside: basketball/tennis

Least favorite food: potatoes and french fries

What do you want to be when you grow up: a spy, a ninja, an engineer or a professional athlete.

Thanksgiving snow 

We went to Michigan for thanksgiving and got a snow surprise.  

Kids were pretty excited because it is not something that happens very often.  I think in all the years we have been coming here we have only had snow one other time.  

But then it rained all night and got quite a bit warmer and this is what was left in the morning.