I finished my puzzle today and there was one piece missing. Ethan noticed right away “I had OCD so bad I almost got on the floor and looked for it.”
“You should have! I would have been so happy!”, I said.
What the boys have been up to:
Well, Jacob went and got engaged yesterday. More on that tomorrow (maybe). He spent the weekend visiting Brittnee and Grace. He was able to eat lunch with my brother and his fiancé, too.
Ethan has been helping his Dad coach wrestling. States were this weekend and his Dad came home and said, “I couldn’t have done it without Ethan. He’s very good, I just need to get him to talk louder so we can hear him.”
David is still getting over the Worse Cold Ever. He can’t hear very well and has a cough. He went to States and lost two matches and was out. He is now done for the year and I dare say he’s relieved about it. He did so well, and it was a shame he ended on such a low note. In private messages, he admitted “I can’t wait for this nightmare to be over.” Wrestling is brutal, and when you’re sick it’s really a test of character (which he passes every time). I was downstairs doing laundry earlier when I heard him call out, “I know you’re around here somewhere!” And when I yelled from the basement “Who are you looking for?”, he came to the top of the stairs and said, “Oh, there you are. Do you know what time it is?”
“Um. 8? 7:30?”
“Nope, it’s beard growing time.”
He found the right combination of vitamins to take to encourage hair growth. He’s done this before. He gets very involved in it, and I asked him to take daily notes on his progress this time. “Don’t do it on your phone though, because then I won’t have the joy of coming across it in the years to come.”
“You want me to write in my special spiral notebook?”
(The last time he “grew a beard” he even bought himself Rogaine)
Caleb has been busy with wrestling, too, but he didn’t make states. He went to them anyway, to help his partner, Sabrina. Today he was home and was able to rest. He even tested me to see if I would let him skip school tomorrow to rest some more. (no). Consequently, he stayed in the basement almost all day playing video games. He came up to eat now and then and every time he did, he would walk with his feet in loud rhythm on the wooden floor. He’s always drumming. My heart smiles.
Seth wrestled in states today and came in 7th out of 14th. He wasn’t very thrilled with the outcome but the 2 matches he won looked really really good. He fell asleep on the way home and is pretty low-key tonight which is AWESOME. Because of Jacob’s art influence, he is currently in the living room watching Jazza Youtube videos.
Let me take a picture of you before you go.
These are my sons; Caleb James, Ethan Gregory, Seth William, David Lloyd, and Jacob Richard
To see them all together like this makes me kinda awed. So many boys. Each one the dearest and the best.
We were watching TV.
He got closer and closer and then took my arm and held it.
PS, our kitchen toilet won’t flush down anything but fluid so only the boys can use it.
And that’s what the boys have been up to.
Only 3 of mine were boys, and they were so far apart in age that the oldest boy was married and gone before the last boy came. That’s amazing that Jacob is engaged. You have good reason to be proud of your boys!
So exciting Jacob is engaged! I can’t imagine how excited you are!
What a mom to document beard growing.
I feel so sad about the puzzle piece. It truly bums me out.
Oh you are such a tease, Shanda!!!! You are just the right mom for your boys. Men they grow into, but always your boys.
You make me smile. I didn’t even mean to tease, I just meant that I always have plans to “blog tomorrow” and then don’t do it. LOL. Thank you for saying that I was the right mom for my boys…..and yes, they will always be that! hugs! Guess what? Soon it will be violet time!!
Congrats to Jacob!! How exciting! I have 4 boys ],2 are still at home. Mine try to be very independent, so its great when we get to hang out! My youngest is 15,so today we are practicing to drive. I love my boys!
I love how you love your boys, and how they love you. I was the only girl in a family that had 6 boys. I missed having a sister, but loved and still love my brothers. Now, I have 2 boys and just had my 5th girl! So excited to see all these girls and getting glimpses of the women they will become. Eliya Truth (eh-LEE-uh) was born 2/19. My boys are beside each other in age, so I’m so glad they have each other. They are also the oldest, and feel they have the upper hand in the family even with all the female hormones swirling around. Sarah
Sarah, congratulations! How wonderful. I love the name you gave your baby daughter, she was born a solid week after my 44th. I’m glad your boys have each other, too. You have a lovely family.
Congrats to Jacob! 🙂 …and congrats to all of the other boys, too. You must be so proud, and you have every reason to be. A job well-done, Mom and Dad!