Well, it’s certainly been a LONG time since I last blogged. I’ve said it before, if I stop for too long, it’s hard to get started again. There is too much to catch up on and I can never get to it all. But I figure if I keep waiting, I’ll never start back up.
Here’s some of the things that I can remember that have happened in the past year:
AJ is just finishing up 4th grade. Yes, I said that. School ends this month and then he will officially be a FIFTH GRADER. I have no words. It goes by so so so fast…. This has been a rough year as far as school goes. His grades have not been that good, he seems to not really care about fixing them- or he doesn’t seen to care enough. Just last month we started with Huntington Learning Center 2x a week. We got to the place where Jason and I were getting frustrated and disappointed way too often and realized he needed more help. While AJ doesn’t seem to care too much about his grades, I know he wants to do better and not have to have more conversations with us about his grades, etc. The tutors at Huntington are very confident that this will be a major help for AJ and get him into 5th grade on a good start. Jason and I feel good about it and AJ actually enjoys going. It does make for some very long days tho. Tuesday and Thursdays he in in some kind of class from 8am-6pm.
This summer we will not have a nanny like we have in the past (BUMMER), so AJ will be going to MANY weekly camps. He’s excited about it and will be hanging with friends the entire time. He’s also doing swim team again (Cruisers) and VBS. Since my mom moved her (yep, that happened!), she’s going to be helping out with him during the summer too. I know they’ll do a lot of fun things together.
AJ is VERY into video games and watching YouTube videos. I know this is normal for an almost 10 year old, but it’s still weird to me. He’d rather watch YouTube that do things we used to do- like baking things, bike rides, play games.. etc. We still do things together and have fun, but it’s just different. One thing that he and Jason have REALLY gotten into is Air Soft. I haven’t gone with them, but I like to think of it as something similar to paint ball, but they are dressed in camo, wearing helmets and body protection, and they go around shooting people with air soft guns. I’m sure there is much more to it, but that’s what I picture. It’s been a wonderful thing for them to do together and we’re hoping it increases AJ’s assertiveness and confidence. He’s SUCH a sweet boy, but that also makes him a little timid in certain situations.
We didn’t ski as much this year as we’d hoped, but when we did, we had a great time! We went to Steamboat Springs with our friends Celeste, Jeff and their son Luke. We also went to Copper for a weekend with them. Before the end of the season, AJ told me he really wanted to learn to snowboard- he’d mentioned it before, but this time he really meant it. So, I took a day off work and took him to Eldora for an all-day lesson. HE LOVED IT. In fact, he said he’s done skiing… I’m happy no matter what he does, but he’s such a good skier and he can hang with me- I’m hoping he picks up snowboarding quickly. He had a great lesson and the instructor said he’s a “natural”.
We went to Universal Orlando and Disneyworld over New Years- it was a really fun time! Surprisingly, it was REALLY cold there and AJ was afraid of a lot of the rides- which was frustrating, but we still enjoyed it. Our original plan was to do another cruise, but we changed our mind when the hurricanes destroyed the Caribbean. We spent 2 days at Universal and 4 days at Disney. We were exhausted! As usual, we had a great time together.
Some other big news.. WE ARE ENGAGED! Yep, that happened. And I was totally shocked. Jason asked me to marry him (again) on Christmas Eve. We’ve been happily back together for over 5 years and we call each other husband and wife all the time- so I guess it’s time to make it official again! I’m really happy and AJ is too. When we told AJ he was very happy and the first thing he said was “please don’t tell me I’m getting a brother or sister!” hahah! Funny kid. For the record- he’s not. Our plan is to have a small ceremony in Breckenridge over Labor Day weekend. Casual and easy- but fun too!
That’s all the update I have now. It’s time to start planning summer fun days- like AJ’s 10th birthday party and vacations with friends and family.
More later- hopefully not THAT much later.