Monday, October 3, 2016

First day of school 2016!

The first 6 weeks of school just passed, so it's about time I get the first day of post up, right?

This year Jackson is in 3rd grade.

He was a little anxious this year, I'm still not 100% sure why, but it made me a little apprehensive to leave him.  I didn't cry at all this year, but Jackson's anxiety almost brought on the tears.  His day went well, though, and he's having a good year so far!

Parts of second grade were really tough.  His teacher had a hard time last year, and Jackson did too.  As this new school year approached, I prayed even more than I usually do that Jackson would have a good teacher this year who would be patient with him, and that he would choose some better behaviors. Jackson has 3 teachers this year, and I'm excited (and relieved) to say that they're ALL so wonderful!  It's made such a big difference.  His behavior is much better as well. His math teacher even has a room decorated in electronic games like Mario Brothers and Pacman- perfect for Jackson!
This is Mrs. Rodriguez, his homeroom teacher.  LOVE her!  LOVE them all!
This mama's prayers were definitely answered.

Austin is in kindergarten this year.

Harrison HAD to be in the first day of school picture too...

He's so cute!  He was so excited, but pretty sad that he was going to have a new teacher and not his old preschool teachers.  He told me that he needed TWO teachers like in preschool, not just one.  He was very worried that his new teacher would not be able to handle all the students in his class because there was just one of her.  Thankfully, he loves his teacher, and she's been able to care for ALL of her students.  Phew!  Crisis averted.
Mrs. Catano is wonderful!  She is so sweet and so great at pushing Austin's brain to new levels.  He's so flippin smart and she works hard at growing his mind.  He loves her!

Since we're 6 weeks in they've already done some level testing.  Jackson's reading and math are at 5th grade level.  Austin is reading at a 2nd grade level and his math is in 1st grade level.  They're such smarty pants!  I'm so grateful they have educators who recognize their intelligence and push them to progress farther. I know it's not easy to be a classroom teacher with so many learning levels and learning intelligences, and trying to balance them all.  The boys' teachers are fantastic!  
We're so grateful for their school and their new teachers!

Jackson's baptism and 8th birthday!

First of all, this is what I think about when I think about Jackson:

Most of the time I look at Jackson and wonder how he got so big.  Just yesterday I looked at him and realized he's already up to Jim's chest.  How did that happen!?  He was tiny, and waking me up all night for a bottle just last week, right?  I vividly remember his first smile when he was 6 weeks old.  He was lying on our bed and he just finished a bottle, and I remember how ecstatic I was to see that gummy grin.  Jackson was so such a huge adjustment for me.  It wasn't an easy start.  I thought being a mom would be easy for me, but it sooooo was NOT easy!

Jackson was our first, so we made so many mistakes.  I didn't enjoy all the moments I should because I was too busy adjusting.  We eventually got the hang of having him around and he was the light of our lives.  He was such a good baby!  So independent.  He thrives on responsibility and always has.  Then, Austin came along.  Jackson was born to be a big brother.  He loves his brothers so dearly and is always finding new ways to love and care for him.  He's happy when they're happy.  He's definitely his brothers' keeper.  I remember Jackson crying hysterically when I told toddler Austin that I was going to leave him at home by himself because he wouldn't come with us to the car.  Normal parenting ploy, right?  Jackson took this very seriously and immediately started screaming at me and crying that we couldn't leave his baby brother alone in the house.

Jackson is so smart!  He's funny.  He's naturally inquisitive.  He's always asking questions, whether it's the definition of a new word or how something works and why.  He LOVES math, and he excels in reading and science as well.  He's also very sensitve and empathetic.  He enjoys running, and recently tried out for Cross Country at school.

I can't believe he's 8 already!

He's so handsome!  Toothless and all!

The big day arrived.  I was so frantic trying to get everything together. I was sure something major would go wrong and it would be my fault.  But his baptism was great!

Aunt Kelsey and Uncle Jeff came down and gave talks which made his day so much more special.

  So many people came and supported and participated.
Old friends, new friends, and family from far away made his baptism wonderful!

Of course, grandma and great grandpa came too!
I LOVE this picture.  So much of my heart is in this picture.

Uncle Brian and Whitney came for the weekend as well.

My dear friends Paige and Amanda came to support Jackson, but sadly,  I didn't get a picture of Amanda.

This is one of my favorite pictures.
I love these babies!
Besties since birth!
Maggie's next to get baptized!

Jackson's baptism was so sweet.
I will always remember his baptism day and I hope he does too.

The next day it was time to party!

I'm so glad Jeff and Kelsey came out to celebrate with us!
I wish I had more pictures of them and their visit, esepcially since Zander and Austin were instant friends.  They often went upstairs to play and we wouldn't see them again for hours.

Jackson and Austin had a balloon war.

There was a little face painting.
Unfortunately, the birthday boy is allergic to face paint so he didn't get to join in that fun.
His brothers did though!

Time to play in the arcade!

Jackson has been trying to beat this specific game for awhile now and he finally beat it at his party!

He got some air hockey time with Whitney- any Whitney time is a win for him!

It was such a good weekend.  I'm so glad so many were able to come and celebrate Jackson.
I still can't believe he's 8, though.  Time flies.
I love my oldest bug.
Happy birthday and baptism, Jackson!