School ended the same week we moved.  Meaning, I officially have a 2nd grader! The end of the school year was bitter sweet.  It was the last day at HJ’s elementary school, as we moved districts.  HJ has loved Southdale, but I am excited that he will be in a smaller school.  HJ has been extremely sad to leave his current buddies, but likes that in a few short years (gasp!) they will all be in junior high together.

Our end of the year picture was the first picture taken at the new house!  It’s amazing to see just how much he has changed since August.  And doesn’t he seem so much more excited for the last day?

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Ever since HJ turned 3, I have interviewed him with the same questions and put it in his 21 Questions Birthday Book.  Here is his interview from last year.  This year, it was SO hard to give just one answer per question.

What is your favorite color? Red

What is your favorite toy? Drone airplane (it was an airhogs plane that broke within 48 hours of his bday)

What is your favorite book? Minecraft books

What is your favorite fruit?  Watermelon and Blueberries

What is your favorite TV show or movie? Spy Kids and Spy Fox

What is your favorite game? Minecraft and Super Mario Bros.

What is your favorite outfit?  Minecraft shirt

What is your favorite snack? Extra Cheddar Goldfish.  And Bacon. And Little Bites.

What is your favorite animal? Dog, Cheetah, Jaguar and Cats

What is your favorite song? Welcome to my House

Who is your best friend? Carsten and EvanTube

What are you scared of? The creepy dude in Caleb’s garage (It was from a haunted house)

What do you love about yourself? Ninja Warrior and I can jump high

What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Chase and pikachu

What is your favorite holiday? My birthday, Christmas, Halloween and NYE

What is your favorite thing to do outside? Football, drones, cars, basketball and soccer

What is your favorite drink? Sunkist

Where is your favorite place to go? Disney World

If you could go anywhere, where would it be? Disney World

What do you want for your birthday? Remote control stuff, legos and pikachu

What do you want to be when you grow up? Vet

Do any of you have birthday interviews?  I love this fun tradition!

Last year, school pictures were a fiasco.  HJ and I spent the whole day before and morning of arguing over what he had to wear.  I finally convinced him to wear a t-shirt UNDER his button down and told him as soon as pictures were over, he could take the button down off.  Then I dropped him off at daycare.  Where he proceeded to take the shirt off and shove it in his bag so no one would know.  And his picture was taken in his t-shirt.

All that arguing for nothing.

This year, I showed HJ what I wanted him to wear.  He said “no”.  And said he wanted to wear his Cedar Falls Tiger shirt.

I already had his annual photos scheduled, and he had just had football pictures done.  And I figured, “I don’t really care”.

Much to his amazement, I said “fine”.

Picture day…I drop HJ off at daycare.  We walk in the door and one kid goes, “Oh, you don’t have pictures today?”.  HJ said, “I do”.  The other kid said, “Your shirt is just in your bag then?”.

Nope.

He proudly said, “I get to wear this!” while I shrugged my shoulders.

The other little boy said, “My mom would NEVER let me wear that!”

Apparently, quite a few kids said that to him through out the day.  I figure, someday he will question why I allowed to let him dress like that for pictures, and I can tell him all about the fit he threw the year before, and that it wasn’t worth the argument.  So here it is, 1st grade pictures!!  Not only can I no longer pick out his clothes, I also can’t get him to get a hair cut.

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With all of the craziness that the first weeks of school brings, HJ and I have been finally getting into a routine.

And…I officially have a 1st grader.

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I can’t believe it.

He is loving 1st grade, even though it isn’t quite as fun as kindergarten.  He has started flag football, he likes everything about it except for the stretching (who has time for that?!?).  He still wants to be a vet and an animal trainer, going on 3 years now!  We fought about getting a haircut, and finally last weekend he agreed to getting his bangs cut so he could see.  I only had to bribe him with 6 Pokemon cards, a stop at his favorite ice cream shop and letting him stay the night in my bed.  Totally worth it.

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He loves to watch EvanTube, play minecraft and run around outside with the neighbor kids.  Yesterday, I told him I signed him up for Lego club tomorrow morning and you would have thought I told him we were going to Disney World.

He already decided what he wants for his birthday in November…2 guinea pigs.  And I already told him he should think of something less stinky, and less work.  He is pretty adamant about what Santa should bring this year.  Good luck on finding a jet pack, Santa.

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Every day I am amazed at how caring, silly and sweet he is.  But I also love his feisty streak.  I can’t believe I have a 1st grader, time goes by so fast when you’re having fun!

“AHHH!” I had bit my tongue while on a bike ride with HJ.  And it hurt like a *@&#*.

“What was that crazy noise you made, mom?”

I explained to him that I bit my tongue, and it hurt so bad I almost said a swear word.

He replied with, “What’s a swear word?”

I love that he made it almost 7 years without knowing what that means.  I told him it is a naughty word that you shouldn’t say.

“Oh, like the “f” word!”

“Um, HJ, what is the f word?” My fingers were crossed that he wouldn’t actually know the word, but I had to know if he did.

“You know…” He hesitated to say it, but I gave him a nod of approval.

“Frick”, he whispered.

Sigh of relief.  Yes, the “f” word is frick.

“I also know the “a” word because of *insert neighbor boy name*.  It’s ass.”

 

It’s hard to believe my baby boy is 6 and a half.  He says things now like “dude” and “sup”.  He no longer wants to be called handsome or cute, but you can tell him he looks cool.

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We started his half birthday celebration with a Mother’s Day brunch.  Then, the rest of the day was all his.

We started by going to the humane society so HJ could read a story to a dog.  The sweet little pup he read to just wanted to play, but HJ did a good job of reading her a story.

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That night, we had family over for pizza (HJ’s choice).  And of course had half a cake with 6 and a half candles.

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A new child in our neighborhood was recently at our house.  Out of the blue, he asked me, “does HJ get a whoopin’ when he’s in trouble?”

HJ responded with, “What’s a whooping?”

I told him it is when someone hurts you for doing something wrong.

HJ said, “Oh, you do that all the time when I am in trouble.”

Oh my goodness, what in the world.

“HJ, what happens when you get in trouble?”

He told the neighbor boy and me, “I have to go to my room until I am ready to apologize, then I talk to mom and we hug.”

“Right, so how is that a whooping?”

His response was, “because it hurts my feelings.”

Hopefully I cleared up the difference between being physically hurt and having hurt feelings.

The text from my mom read:

Dog food makes HJ throw up

Naturally, I immediately called my mom.

My parents had been watching my sister’s pup.  She had given them a gallon Ziploc bag full of food.  On this day, my mom fed the dog, the phone rang, so she set the bag of dog food on the kitchen table to grab the phone.

HJ walks by the table, notices the bag, and is instantly excited that nana has cocoa puffs.  He reaches his hand in, grabs a few pieces and puts them in his mouth.

And then throws up.

*He still refuses to talk about it and gets mad if I tell anyone the story

Every year, I get an ornament for HJ that symbolizes something about the past year.  He hasn’t seen these ornaments, they are hidden away.  Each ornament has a little note attached to it saying why that ornament has picked.  The plan for the ornament box is that when HJ moves into his own house with a tree to decorate, I will give him this gift of meaningful ornaments.
IMG_3508-1400x1050This year, I picked an art theme.  HJ can sit and color and draw for hours.  I am amazed at how much better he has become at coloring in the past year.  He even asked for a sketch book for Christmas.  That is why I went with this ornament:

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And who knows, maybe he will get a sketch book for Christmas!

What Christmas traditions does your family have?  Does anyone else do an ornament box?

Just before Hj turned the big “6”, we had his pictures taken.  I had cute sweaters picked out for the fall day…and then we had a freak-ish heat wave that left us with 85 degrees.  So a quick trip to Old Navy and Target, and we had new tops!

The weather actually turned out perfect,a s it was early evening when we went to the photographer’s farm for our pictures.  HJ loved running around her land and playing with the dog and cat.  He was obsessed with the dog and cat, and I am not even sure how they are not in every photo.

Here are some of my favorites!

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