We ended 2012 with Sarah and Jason's big news that they shared with mom, dad and the kids on Christmas morning. Lakyn said it was the "worst Christmas ever". She couldn't stand the thought of sharing her aunt and uncle with anyone, and that night, she couldn't stop crying. She told me that Aunt Sissy was the only adult that she really looked up to. (Yeah. Apparently I don't even rate.) Blake, however, was ecstatic that he was going to get a "real cousin".
So, using Facebook and my memory, I want to do a recap of 2013.
January 8, 2013
Apparently at Upwards tonight they asked members of Lakyn's basketball team to lead a prayer during the devotional period. No one volunteered, so Lakyn thought she might as well do it. So there, in the First Baptist Church, Lakyn lead her team in the 'Hail Mary'. She couldn't figure out why no one joined in and 'followed along'.
I love her spirit and fearlessness. I'm continually learning from her.
Sarah, Jason, Steven and I went to see Kid Rock in concert. I found it ironic, when taking into consideration how many concerts I've attended and the 'bad boy image' surrounding him, that Kid Rock's concert is the only one I have been to that has ever started with a prayer.
In mid February, Blake pondered some of life's bigger questions....
"Did Adam and Eve have belly buttons?"
The end of February we received some beautiful snow.
Those two "lazy" snow days the kids: played 'basement basketball', played on the Wii, painted wooden toys, played the DS, read books, had a pretend car accident in basement resulting in pretend casts on arms and legs, played more '...basement basketball', went sledding, tried to break the family (Guiness) World Records in sommersaults and butt kicks, played in the snow, and played 'jukebox' (whatever that is) in the basement. I don't know about the kids, but I was tired just watching them!
In March I received a text from my friend, Manda, asking me what year 'Roll On' by Alabama came out. I texted back and told her that I would guess 1984-85.
(I was right. 1984.)
A little while later she called and explained.... She said that she was thinking of me that day and the earliest memory she had of me was of me sitting her down and playing that song for her, telling her all about it, making her listen to the story and anxiously waiting to hear if she liked it as much as I did.
As I look in the mirror at the increasing gray hair and wrinkles and mentally take note of all the ways I have changed, it was somewhat humorous to realize that in this small way I haven't changed at all. I STILL have the need for my friends to appreciate the music I do, often force feeding them links to music videos or articles about my favorite new songs.... In fact, I had done that just a few days before. And somehow, even though Manda wasn't in on that current round of exposure, she was still thinking of me and my musical tastes -and that made me smile.
PS-I have this great new song you need to hear!
Lakyn experienced another heartbreaking moment in March. It was at this time that Sarah and Jason found out that they were having a boy. She again, started crying, only having come to terms with the possibility of being able to accept a girl, had her hopes dashed. She said, and I quote, her "life was ruined". It took a couple of hours for her to be able to come around and stop crying. Still, she was, in no uncertain terms, not happy about the baby.
However, Sarah, Lakyn and I had big plans of keeping our tradition and seeing Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran in KC in August. In keeping with the fact that the baby apparently "ruined everything" the concert was a week from Sarah's due date. Being, "the best aunt ever" Sarah scored tickets for the concert in March in St. Louis. She wanted to let Lakyn know that she was still important, even with a baby on the way, and I wanted to keep sharing my love of music.
Through some music and retail therapy in St. Louis, Lakyn started thinking that a baby my not be so bad after all.
And, when Lakyn is excited, it's hard not to be excited too. Her personality is so motivating and her excitement is contagious. The girls time was a turning point for her, and a turning point for Sarah. From that point on she felt like she could be openly excited without worrying about breaking someone's heart.
Of course, she apparently looks to Jillian Michaels for her ideas on motivating. While watching The Biggest Loser, she stated, "I kinda like Jillian and how she pushes people. Some people need pushing."
Who IS this child? I am pretty sure she isn't mine.....but I will keep her.
March was also a big month for Blake. He came to me carrying an encyclopedia and said "Woooo, this is getting REALLY interesting!" He also asked if he could take it to school. I must have looked perplexed when I said, "Why", because he exclaimed, "THERE'S SOME GOOD STUFF IN HERE!!"
Another question by Blake? "Is there anything smaller than an atom?" Yeah. He was 7.
In March, Blake was also preparing for his first communion and had his first confession. He promptly came home and threw up. Not sure if that was a coincidence. On a side note, I went to confession for the first time in (roughly) 19 years and was NOT struck by lightning. Not sure if that was an oversight.
In April Blake's class went on a field trip to Fantastic Caverns.
This picture of Blake completely sums it up. At the beginning of the tour, when this picture was taken, he was already in need of a Xanax. After spending the hour tour trying to calm and reassure him, I was in need of TWO.
Also in April, Lakyn and I, along with Manda and her son, went to see Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley. On the way there we have a fender bender and had to get a ride to the concert, as well as find a ride home. We were determined to make it there because Manda LOVES Miranda, and I had a meet and greet pass to see Dierks.
However, when I met him, my face was twitching and I could barely speak for being tongue tied. The events of the night had caught up to me.
After a while the stress had subsided and Lakyn and I enjoyed our evening.... She was "Happy, Happy, Happy!"
A few days later Lakyn turned ten and I officially had a "ten-ager".
Blake's obsession with the encyclopedia continued. After apparently reading another interesting fact, Blake brought the book to me, opened to 'myth' and to a picture of Mars, the Roman god of war. Pointing at the picture he says "It. Is. Just. Hanging. Out. I don't think this is appropriate."
Go figure. Who would have thought that the questionable material in our house was in the form of a 1958 World Book Encyclopedia?
Another thing that is questionable? Blake's sense of sportsmanship.
At the end of April, Blake was excited that the weather was so nice because that particular day was gym day. Apparently, during nice weather, the gym class raced on the track. Blake had shared that he always got third but that day would be the day he finally won.
That night, at supper, he excitedly shared that he had, indeed, came in 1st. He then gave us a play by play of how it transpired: "They yelled 'Go!' and I took off. I was in 3rd place, LIKE ALWAYS, but I kept running and eventually caught up with the girl in 2nd. We were side by side running and then I passed her....and then I passed the kid in 1st." He was so animated as he relived the race..... Then, AND I AM NOT KIDDING, Blake made air quotes with his hands when he said "The kid in 1st had an 'asthma attack.' The girl that had been in 2nd went back and checked on him....and I just kept running. BUT I GOT 1st!!!!"
Yeah. That's my kid. The one in 1st.
Yeah. That's my kid. The one in 1st.
In May, the 'tree house' that the kids were promised for Christmas was nearing completion. It only took almost six months..... Only.
And what a sweet, charming young man he is turning into. He even surprised me at the door with some weeds....er...uh....flowers. I was so special I even got the roots.
In June, Blake turned 8. And because 16 is, apparently, just around the corner, he had a man-to-man meeting with his father that I was lucky to get to sit in on. He presented an idea to his daddy with supporting reasons as to why Steven should go along. The idea? He needs to go ahead and buy a vehicle, "nothing in the 2000's", and fix it up for him to drive when he is 16. Blake told him that they didn't "need the hassle" of trying to find something at the last minute.
And, really, it's hard to argue with his reason. Examples?