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Carter turns 10!

I finally have a child in the double digits.  For some reason this bothered me that Carter is now double digits.  I’m not sure why…maybe I see the teenage years looming ahead.  I LOVE this sweet boy…I love everything about him.  His personality is contagious and I wish I could be like he is when entering new situations.  He goes into every situation happy and excited to meet new friends.  He is always inclusive to all those around him…he is extremely intuitive to others feelings.  He has the biggest heart…always sweet and thoughtful.  He is absolutely hilarious…and makes us laugh daily.  He is a cuddle bug…still wants to snuggle and hold hands.  I treasure those moments.  He loves history and travelling and hockey.  He brings a lot of JOY to our family!

The day of his birthday he woke up to a cookie cake and a candy-gram.  He likes candy as much as his momma! He was excited to see it.

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 For his birthday dinner he chose the hibachi steak house. When they came out with the drums to sing him happy birthday and bring ice cream, Carter got up and started dancing…see why I adore him!

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Sweet Cousins!

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For Carter’s birthday party he wanted an ice hockey party.  We went ice skating and had a lot of fun! I didn’t get a lot of pictures because none of the boys would stand still long enough!

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Carter…Home Alone

Carter is hilarious, the wittiest and funniest little boy I know.  Truly if you want to laugh…hang out with Carter for 5 min.  I use to write blog posts called  “Comments from Carter” when he was a lot younger.  Everything from him really wanting to have pit hair to his experience of getting his blood drawn.   As he has gotten older,  I have stopped writing them to respect his privacy and not to embarrass him.  BUT the other day the funniest thing happened that I just HAD  to document…so I can always remember.

It was a Saturday afternoon and Ben was out of town.  I was needing to run Caroline somewhere and Leighton wanted to go with me.  Carter decided he wanted to stay home alone.    I need to mention that Carter has always been scared to death to be alone…day or night.  Needless to say, I was a little shocked that HE came up with this idea.  I told him I would be gone 45 minutes…was he SURE he wanted to stay here alone?  I was a little concerned I would be gone one minute and he would change his mind.  He convinced me he wanted to try it.  (He had his I-touch to text me if he needed me).  So we leave and I return home 45 minutes later.

ME:  “So how was it? Were you scared or worried?”

CARTER:  “Nah, not really.”

ME:  “Hmm, that surprises me!”

CARTER:  “I just stayed outside the whole time in the backyard.”

ME:  “What?  You didn’t come inside?”

CARTER:  “No way mom, it was too quiet in here.  I ran inside to get Bandit’s leash and I heard some creepy music coming from your computer.  It freaked me out so I ran back outside.   I kept annoying Bandit so he would bark.  I just wanted him to keep barking so there would be some noise.  If Bandit ever stopped barking I would dribble the basketball as long and as loud as I could just so there wouldn’t be any silence.  When I got tired of dribbling I sang as loud as I could to keep my mind off the quiet.  I had already come up with a plan if it got dark before you got home.  I would tie Bandit’s leash to the tree and climb on top of the shed.  That way I would be high enough to keep watch over everything.  No way was I going to go inside that house.”

ME:  ” So would you do it again?

CARTER:  “Yeah, if Bandit would stay with me.”

ME:  “So what’s up with your tackle box being out?”

CARTER:  “Mom, it’s a long story!”

ME:  ” I can only imagine!”

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While the girls were all fancied up dancing the night away, I was hanging onto some rocks 30-40 feet in the air!  My precious “little man” got to decide what we would be doing on our date night.  He asked if we could go rock climbing and I was super excited to try it!  I thought it would be a piece of cake.  I’m not at all scared of heights…and I thought that was all that mattered.  Ha…was I wrong!  It’s no easy feat climbing up a wall with rocks 1/2 the size of my foot…and I have little feet!   You use some serious arm muscles.  It was so much fun.  We laughed and climbed for about an hour.  Carter didn’t think I would be able to climb to the top of the tallest wall and ring the bell…so that’s all he had to say to make me climb up as fast as possible to ring it.  We had a blast!

After we used up all our energy climbing, we were starving.  He chose dinner at the Cheesecake Factory.  I loved this sweet uninterrupted time with Carter.  We definitely need to do it more often!

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Western Day

The kids always look forward to this day every year.  They love line-dancing in the gym and playing all kinds of “western” games.   It’s one of their favorite school days for sure!  My favorite part is how darling they look all dressed up.

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Carter getting his groove on…

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Christmas Fun

Our church put on their 2nd annual “Breakfast with Santa” as an outreach to our community.  It is always a lot of fun.  They have several stations set up:  a huge pancake breakfast, a place to decorate gingerbread men, make your own hot chocolate, write a letter to Santa, make reindeer food, and make arts and crafts.  It is a whole lot of fun!

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Leighton was so excited for her school program.  Her class sang “Jingle Bells”.  She told me for two weeks leading up to the program that the song she was singing was a surprise.  Every day she would ask me what song I thought she was singing and I would guess various ones.  She would say, ” I may be singing Jingle Bells….but I may not be singing Jingle Bells.  Mom, do you think I’m singing Jingle Bells?  I’m really not, but maybe so.”  It was hilarious! She is at such a funny stage right now!  She got up on stage and had her little embarrassed look on her face…she was darling!

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Next up on the Christmas fun list was Leighton’s preschool party.  They decorated cookies and had a book exchange.

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Caroline was excited for her Christmas party as well!  They decorated cookies, did a craft and had a book exchange.  Caroline was very sweet to let little sister Leighton participate in all of the festivities!

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After Caroline’s party we all walked down the hall to Carter’s class party.  He decorated cookies and had a puzzle exchange.  They played a funny game where you tie a shoe box around your waist (with a hole cut out in the top of it) filled with bells.  You had to shake and shimmy to get the bells to fall out of the box…it was pretty funny!

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I love being able to be at all of the kids parties…I have just as much fun as they do!  Blessed by these 3 sweet babies…very grateful!

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Florence Fun Run

Every year our school has their annual fundraiser…the Fun Run!  Money is pledged per lap that they run.  Carter and Caroline always look forward to this day!  Little sister Leighton LOVES to watch this event…counting the years until she gets to participate!  Up first was the third grade!

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Let’s Go First Grade!

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Back in August Carter went to a one week ice hockey camp.  After the very first  day he was HOOKED!  He improved really quickly…we were impressed!  So we enrolled him in a skating academy and then in October he joined a team.  He wakes up every morning asking if he has hockey that day.  He has never once complained about going to practice.  He absolutely loves it.  We are so thrilled to see him passionate about something.  Ben is the assistant coach (he sits on the bench…he doesn’t skate:))…and is having so much fun.  I had a lot to learn!  From all the equipment they wear…to all the rules of a new sport.  It’s funny how God works in our kids lives…never would I have guessed I would be watching my son play ice hockey.  After all, we live in TEXAS!  I was getting him dressed the other day…in all of his gear…and he looks up at me and says, ” Mom, you are a great hockey mom!”  I had to laugh to myself…2 words that I never thought would describe me Hockey.Mom.    So, here we are…loving hockey…having such a fun time!

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