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What did YOU learn today?

Every night, the Husband asks the Child what he learned that day in school. The Child’s response is usually stilted and not very forthcoming. He would rather not talk about his school day… it’s just not his favorite.

Yesterday, though, the Child excitedly went and got one of his schoolbooks and proceeded to read his father a paragraph from it. Because he learned about the bowels. And poop.

My people, we have almost attained 12 year old boy status over here…

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Made it home

Flying in, i swear I could feel the cold through the walls of the plane. I could see that the roadways were white in the glow of the street lights. This morning, our lawn glinted like a million diamonds had been dumped in our front yard. Icy. Beautiful. Cold.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay – birds

When your airline cancels your flight home due to weather, and you can’t leave for 2 more days, it’s best to go to Busch Gardens and feed the birds.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

When your airline cancels your flight home due to weather, and you can’t leave for 2 more days, it’s best to go to Busch Gardens and ride some coasters.

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I grew my whole life, he’s just 11.

This morning, I kicked my sporty sandals off and read for a bit. When I got up 30 minutes later to leave our room, my sandals were gone.

I went a bit nuts lifting my suitcase up, lifting my backpack up, looking under the bed, even checked the hallway outside our hotel room. They were gone.

I finally enlisted the Husband’s help, and after a couple minutes he says, “Are you sure the sandals the Child is wearing aren’t yours?”

Sure enough, the Child’s sandals were still in his suitcase and my sandals were on his feet.

Same size feet, same sporty sandals problem. 🤣

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Sea World Orlando

A day of rollercoasters and orcas and cute sea lions. We ❤️ Sea World Orlando.

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Captain Bluebeard 🤣

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Legoland Florida!

Today is all about Legoland Florida. We are so excited to be here – our first time. Our last visit to Legoland California was 3 years ago, in December of 2019. Lego Discovery Centers are fun, but definitely not the same league of a Legoland.

This park feels newer than Legoland California (opened in 1999), and when we visited the history center, I realized why! This park is just as old as our son! Completed in October 2011, it’s 11 years old!

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Tampa

We traveled last night to Tampa. Excited to be here again!

Today we spent some time with my brother and then headed over to a movie set and the Child was an extra in a movie. Basically, he got to pretend to trick-or-treat in January.

We’re headed to Orlando now.

(I’m resurrecting my blog because Facebook decided to arbitrarily disable my account with them, with no warning. Probably should never have relied on a company who, in my opinion, has gotten way too big for their britches.)

He always touches the ❤️ before boarding the plane!
All the actors and actresses!
Truck-or-treating on the set in January!

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Birthday letter to our child (#11)

Our child turned 11 years old today. Eleven!!

He is a smidge over 5’4” tall, weighs 106 pounds and wears men’s size 10 shoes.

The thing he loves most of all is spending time with his friends and family. He’s not the biggest fan of schoolwork, but he loves vacations, road trips, monster truck shows, theme parks, National Parks, bike riding, rollerblading, riding his hoverboard, Dave & Busters, playing or snuggling with his cat. He loves listening to audiobooks, making videos for his YouTube channel, playing Minecraft, LEGO Worlds, Monster Jam Steel Titans 2, and Wordscapes. He works hard to earn money, and still enjoys spending his money on his monster truck collection.

He’s been giving a lot of thought to his future this past year. He expects his first car will be a crappy old yellow Nissan and his first job will be an event planner. He wants to go to college, a Christian college. He thinks he’ll probably meet his future wife there and they’ll get married after college. He’s looking forward to having a family with her. He eventually wants to be a theme park owner because he wants people to be happy and entertained.

This past year has been one of growth and maturity. There have been lots of pointed questions with requests for specific information with fascinating discussions. There have been times when I’ve had to pause and examine the basis of my beliefs so that he not only understands the “what” but also the “why.” He is so strong minded and an excellent communicator. I’ve always heard that it’s “right before bedtime” that boys like to talk about things with their parents… for us, it’s always while we’re driving around running errands and then the deepest conversations happen when we pull into the driveway. So, inevitably, we end up sitting in the driveway to finish our talks.

I love parenting this child. I love the way his brain works. He is infinitely interesting to me. There are still days that I cannot believe that he is ours and I am always so thankful that he is ours. And I still love to listen to him breathe as he falls asleep, and I whisper prayers for his protection over him as he sleeps. Oh, and he is STILL incredibly snuggly.

Happy 11th birthday to our sweet child.

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