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9th birthday interview

And the tradition continues.  Here is the ever important interview.

Jaxson at 9 years old….

Favorite color: tie dye

Favorite animal: fish

Favorite book: diary of a wimpy kid

Favorite food: pizza

Favorite store: dick’s sporting goods

Favorite toy/game: minecraft

Favorite sports team: packers

Favorite tv show: loud house

Favorite movie: diary of a wimpy kid

Favorite song: Fall out boy…my songs know what you did in the dark

Best Friend: John Guidotti

Favorite snack: popcorn

Favorite drink: powerade

What do you sleep with: blue blanket and different stuffed animals, one for each night

Favorite breakfast: donuts, eggs, bacon

Girlfriend???:  NO!!!!

Favorite sport: soccer

Favorite thing you like to play outside: soccer

Least favorite food: potatoes

What do you want to be when you grow up:  an engineer or a professional soccer player.


A letter to my son on your 9th birthday

My dearest Jaxson-

You are 9 today.  And I am not even sure how it is possible that I am a mother of a 9 year old.  A 9 YEAR OLD!!!!  aaaahhhh.  You are one year away from double digits.  You are half way to adulthood.  This growing up stuff is hard for me.  Some day you will understand.  I promise.  And I know it is so cliche’ but I so want time to stop.  Right now.

You are my best buddy.  Now that you are “older” we let you stay up until 9pm and this is when we bond.  I love that you love watching Survivor and Amazing Race with me.  It makes you feel “grown-up”.  And I love this hour of just sitting with you next to me, uninterrupted…just you and me time.

This year we have let you be more independent with your friends.  We let you ride your bike to your friends houses, go to the park, etc…as long as you are home by dinner.  And if you are not out and about, our doorbell is constantly ringing with friends wanting to play.  It reminds me of my childhood and it makes me happy knowing that you are having the same experiences I did when I was a kid.

Sportswise, I thought this was the year that you were going to pick a favorite sport and want to play it all the time, however this is not the case.  Instead, you decided you wanted to add another sport to your list.  Track.  You loved it.  Which we knew you would because you are FAST.  You have always been fast.  You get this from your dad.   We have decided that you love sports that are both individual and team orientated; like swim and track.  And you love the aspect that both of those sports are instant gratification sports.  If you win, you get a ribbon or a medal instantly.  No waiting until the end of the year to see if where your team stands.  So now fall sports include swim and soccer; winter sports are swim, track and basketball; spring sports are swim and baseball and summer is just swim.

Schoolwise, 3rd grade!  This is the first year where you get actual letter grades and at first this made you a little nervous.  You got your first F on an assignment and it freaked you out.  I think it was a good thing, because it made you realize that you need to work hard to get grades the grades you want.  Things just don’t come easy anymore.  And you have excelled in 3rd grade.  You have made honor roll every quarter and your favorite subject is math.  Math just comes easy to you…you get this from me…but I am sure you dad would say otherwise.

When you are feeling like it, you are an amazing big brother.  You teach her things, you play with her, you help her.  While you two don’t always get along, you are starting to realize that she is only 5 and she looks up to you…everything you do.  And so you are starting to have a bit more compassion to her…even when she is at her sassiest!

You love to draw.  You received a sketchbook as a gift and you take that thing everywhere with you.  I love seeing your creativity and imagination in your drawings.  You also have finally found a love for reading.  I knew that someday it would come…and it has arrived.  Right now you are currently reading the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and you are flying through them.

So these past 9 years you have changed dramatically.  You started off as my little baby…and now you are a little man ready to take on the world.  However, you should know that over these next 9 years, before you become an official adult, you will also undergo drastic changes.  Here are 9 things that you can expect and look forward to in your last 9 years of childhood:

  1. Girls…your feelings towards girls will change.  And one day you will like a girl…and she will break your heart…and I will make her pay 🙂
  2. Hair…it will start growing in places you do not expect.
  3. Voice changes…welcome the cracking the voice.
  4. Acne…enjoy your baby smooth skin now!
  5. Body odor…when you are wondering why everything around you smells like a sweaty gym, know that it is you and you need to take care of that ASAP.
  6. Middle School…AHHHHHHH.
  7. High School….double AHHHHHH.
  8. Driving…it will be a upgrade from your huffy.
  9. me crying alot because I will be having visions over the next 9 years of you moving out, going to college, getting an amazing job, finding the love of your life, choosing her over me, marrying her…etc…you get the picture.

But okay lets not get ahead of ourselves.  Be 9!  Enjoy 9!  We can tackle the rest of those issues later.  For now, just remember to be you!  You are perfect!

God knew what he was doing when he gave you to us.  You are my sunshine monkey moo!

Happy Birthday!

Love forever,

Your Mom

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.