4 hours and 6 minutes until 2012. That’s all I have left to reflect upon 2011 before the proverbial changing of the guard. While most everyone else is posting in their blogs about all they have been through over the last year. I am going to try a different route. I ‘m going to reflect on my children’s lives over the past year. Remembering what they experienced, and who they have become over the last 12 months.
My little man is 6 in 48 hours he will be 7. This was a year of learning for my youngest. He learned to read. Now to some that might not be a lot, I always hear the stories of “oh my little genius was reading by 2”. But for Parker this was indeed a milestone. He is very impatient and to finally overcome his “tummy pains” or “jitters” to sit and read without losing his mind was a gigantic obstacle to overcome. He also taught himself how to spin plates on a stick. He was so good at it that he decided on his own to be in the schools talent show. Another huge milestone for our small performer. You see Parker also doesn’t like to be laughed at when doing something serious. So for him to stand upon a stage in front of the entire elementary school and perform without crying each time a plate fell. (yes he smiled the biggest smile when he finished and everyone applauded) Well it makes me misty just thinking about it. Parker also learned to ride a horse this year. No fear, just got on the pony and started riding. After a week or two declared he was ready for competition and proceeded to ride in an annual series, where he did quite well. His lisp went away this year as well. He has started to take notice that people aren’t saying “what” every time he asks a question or tries to tell a story. He is sweet and kind with a slight hint of the devil every now and again. I will miss him being little, huggable and snuggly.
My little girl is 7 and smart as a whip. This year she truly dedicated herself to her schoolwork. She went from being very slow to focus on the tasks at hand to someone I trust to handle any task given her at anytime. She is stubborn and resourceful, caring and brutish, but this year she learned so much about who she is as a person. She has developed in a small flower that is just waiting for the perfect time to blossom. She overcame many of her dreaded fears as well this year. The fear of the dark; whipped! Although she still wants a night lite every now and again, she can sleep with the door closed and the lights off. The fear of horses: She would go down to the barn with us and just sit and watch. If you tried to get her on a horse, stand back! The screaming would start! But thanks to the help of some wonderful friends, she not only rides, but she lopes a great little horse named JR. around the arena with the biggest of smiles on her face. She is driven and competitive, if you are her friend she would slay the biggest serpant for you. If you are her enemy look out! We cant wait to see what she wants to accomplish next year!
Ahhhh my 11-year-old who is going on 17! He is bossy, he is a know it all, he is the absolute best at everything he does (just ask him). He is also the kindest, gentlest human being I have had the pleasure to know. He has a smile that would melt even the coldest of hearts! If there is an animal in trouble with in a 10 mile radius, he knows. He cries at even the smallest of creatures being hurt or in trouble. When our little dog went missing this year, he called me at work and he was blubbering so hard I couldn’t make out what he was saying. His year has been tumultuous to say the least. He has been in the wrong place at the wrong time at school more times than I can count (parent e-mails from the principal). He even went to the office for fighting, in which he was released because he had done the right thing by trying to get away from the kid until he had nowhere to hide. He lost his best friend (to the Air Force) , who moved away which was quite a blow. The year before he lost another friend (Air Force once again)to the dreaded “move”. He learned to ride a horse this past year. He went out and purchased his own horse with money he had saved over the years from birthdays and Christmas. Along with odd jobs he had worked and his 4-H project. He rides in competitions and wishes to one day ride cutting horses. He was in a school play and went from learning piano, to being handed a clarinet which he plays quite well! He has grown what seems like a foot this year and is no longer small. (he’s built like a linebacker)! I am proud of who he is becoming as a young man and after seeing the changes in him this year, wish he could slow down just a little bit.
The oldest of the brood at a staggering 15 1/2. This year was unbelievable for our young adult. He was in marching band and went to several competitions around the state. He also ran for the cross-country team and was one of 8 boys that made to State! He lettered, received his ALL-League and his State Championship patches. All while carrying a full 7 period workload. This year he went hunting and killed his first pheasant! He also go his first turkey. He is in taxidermy at school and is really enjoying the class. He says it is a lost art, I think he may be right. Cody also took a big step this year by actually getting back onto a horse. He was thrown from a horse 4 years ago and even though he got right back on and rode a while longer. Afterwards he washed his hands of all horses. Over the last year his voice finished changing, now when I call home I want to know who the strange man is answering the phone! He also lost a friend (Air Force) but not just any friend. They had been friends since 5th grade. Eventually becoming boyfriend/girlfriend by 7th grade. They stayed friends and became an item again last year. It was a tough blow for him, he is dealing with it well I am sure in most part to technology. He has his I-phone with him all the time. Cody has read more books this year than anyone I know, he will definitely grow up to be the most well read person in our family. Cody found his funny side this year, his wit is dry and quick! So much so that sometimes you are walking away from him before you realize that he just got ya! He is growing tall and strong and handsome. I am very proud to call him my son and I look forward to the day that I shake his hand and give him a hug man to man..
So there it is, I just spent a little time remembering some things that happened to my children over this last year. No poo pooing about opportunity lost, or how much money we don’t have (we have horses, so you know we are poor). No credit debt, no political rants, no occupy bullshit! Nope just a moment in time to reflect upon what matters most to me. My kids, who they are, and who they are becoming. It’s a privilege to be a parent and I think at times we take that privilege for granted.
So welcome 2012! Welcome to our lives with open arms! May you bless us with countless stories that we may recollect! May you bring us challenges that we may meet! But most of all, may you bring my kids one step closer to moving out!! (you didn’t think I was going to do this whole thing without one obnoxious quip did you?)