Thursday, January 30, 2014

Interesting Realization

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On Sunday evening, I realized what day it was.
It was January 26th and once I realized that, I started doing some figuring.

I turned 8 years old on March 1st
the car accident (read about it HERE) that I was in when I was 8 happened on April 26th.
One month and 26 days after my 8th birthday.

Aaron Jr turned 8 years old on December 1st
this past Sunday was January 26th.
One month and 26 days after his 8th birthday.

So, I realized on Sunday that Aaron was the exact age (to the day) that I was on the day of that car accident. Obviously, my photo was taken after my hospital stay and after I had been in a cast for a while, and Aaron's photo was taken this week, but I had to post these photos and mention this realization.

I had forgotten how young we all really were when the accident happened.
Looking at Aaron at the same age helps me realize how young I was that day.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Reading Goal - Exceeded

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*** update ***
I just went to parent / teacher conference today and figured this news went
along with his reading posting. I don't mean to brag, but I guess I actually do. :)
Why not? Right?
Aaron is in 2nd grade and he is reading at a 4th grade level.
I am proud of him.

I have heard so many times about how kids lose a lot of their reading skill over the summer because they don't read as much as they do during the school year, so this past summer, I set a goal with Aaron that if he read 100 books before school began again, he would get a reward.

So, we spent A LOT of time at the library picking out books that Aaron would enjoy.

 Well, Aaron reached the goal...
and even better than that...

... he EXCEEDED the goal !!!

He read 125 books this past summer - 2013.

So, needless to say, he got a reward that he was super excited about.
I bought a tablet for a very good deal for the two of us to share...
he gets to download and play games on it and he loves it.

I am SO proud of my Aaron.
SO proud.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Summer of Aaron

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I might have posted this one before, but I couldn't help myself when I saw it again.
I love it.
This was taken right before a hair cut and Aaron was posing as a tough guy, I guess. :)

These are some photos from this past summer.
There are many of Aaron sleeping in bed, but how can I NOT take photos when he looks so cute while he sleeps?
In no particular order...

I'm not sure if this hair style will ever make it back on his head,
but he sure had fun with it a few times. :)

This Ode dog is Aaron's very favorite stuffed animal.
He has names for them all. Every time he gets a new stuffed animal, he takes it in and lines all of his current ones up and introduces them all to each other. I cannot tell you how cute it is to listen to. He really loves his stuffed friends. I don't want him to grow up. :)

There are usually SO many more on the bed with him all lined up just right.

Aaron had a little zip up money bag and he put money in it and wanted to take it to the bank.
So, here it is sitting next to the bed waiting to go to the bank. :)

One night, I drew and wrote these two notes and taped them to the ceiling above Aaron's bed so he would see them when he woke up. He loved it. So...

The next day, I went to bed with these above MY bed on the ceiling.
My boy is sweet. :)

Clinging to the pillow I made for him with his name stitched on it. :)

All the other sheets were dirty or I couldn't find them, so he had to have pink sheets...
he didn't mind... luckily. Ha.

He did find some creative ways to use the top sheet though.

Every time Zach comes and stays here, Aaron goes through a phase of sleeping without a shirt.
He likes to be like his cousin Zach.

You can see more of his animals in this photo.
He will love these photos when he is older, right?

 This looked too comfy, I had to take a photo.

 Right? Comfy?

This is the Grover doll that my sister Lisa gave to me when I was younger.
He is my favorite Sesame Street character. He has become Aaron's favorite as well.

These are the pillows that Aaron made for me for Christmas last year.
They both say 'Mom'. He stitched them himself. :)
They are treasures.

Aaron learned how to tie a tie this past summer.
My Dad refreshed my memory of how to tie one and then I taught Aaron.

He ties it himself nearly every Sunday for church.
Once in a while I have to help him a little.

Love this video of Aaron swinging on a swing.

Is it wrong of me to have taken this photo while Aaron said his prayer?
I couldn't help myself.
He was folding Ode's legs for the prayer.
Are you kidding?
I love this boy so much!

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Helpful Aaron

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Aaron is such a helpful boy.
He loves to help when there are things being done...
no matter what it is.

Here are a few times this past summer when I happened to snap a photo to document it..

Helping to dig out roots and dirt out of a trench.

Helping Grandpa with some cement work.

Helping Grandma with replanting some flowers.

Helping Grandma make cookies.

Helping Grandma with sewing.

Aaron came with me to the farmers market one day and he helped this adorable old man carry his bags of vegetables to his car. I was too late to get a photo of them walking down the sidewalk together (it was so cute), but I did capture this photo. If I remember correctly, I think the man gave Aaron $1 for helping him. So sweet.

Aaron helped me make zucchini bread. Mmm...

I sure love this boy.
He is so sweet.

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

County Fair - 2014

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We went to the County Fair back in August.
We went with Lisa and her kids.
It was a fun time.


Stella and Aaron 


Gus and Henry

Charles and Caroline

Aaron and Stella
on their ride.

Stella and Aaron

Hannah and Elise

 Caroline and Me

Beautiful Caroline

Caroline's sandal broke, so there was nothing holding her toes into the sandal.
The sandal was just flopping, so I found a green long popped balloon on the ground and I created a front part to her sandal to hold her toes onto the sandal.
It was quite hilarious, BUT IT WORKED!!!


Aaron giving Charlie a fun ride.

 Aaron giving Henry a fun ride.

Aaron giving Gus a fun ride.

It was a fun time at the county fair.
Thanks Lisa and kids!

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