Friday, May 15, 2015

More Smiling & What I Know For Sure

JT turned 9 yesterday. Nine years old, I can't believe it.  

JT has always been the kid that is ready to get in the game, no matter what game it is.  

He plays hard and likes to show off.

JT has always been the kid that didn't really love school. He cried everyday at preschool drop off even though he loved his school and his teachers.  Now he's in the third grade and while he doesn't cry, he does try to come up with ANY reason he can to get out of going.  

JT has always been the kid that made people smile. Always. Everywhere we go this kid makes friends and can get even the grumpiest person to smile.  He radiates joy and energy and life...people dig that and him.

JT has always been the kid that loves to move.  When he was five years old, he skipped everywhere, all the time.  He runs and jumps and dives and dances.

JT has always been the kid with some of the worst luck. If there is a weird virus or allergic reaction possible from something, he will get it or have it.  The gene pool seemed to dump more on his plate then some of the others in the family--Celiac disease, speech delays, ADHD.  

JT has always been the kid full of so much love.  He loves with his whole heart, and needs to be loved back in a big way. He is easy to love. He is easy to get mad at too, like when he doesn't want to go to school or he runs and jumps off the couch or onto his little brother.  His vulnerability and impulsiveness and need for approval make me worried sometimes. I just want to do everything I can to protect him and encourage him. 

In nine years this kid has brightened so many lives. He has taught me how to be a better parent and advocate. And we all smile so much more than ever before, I know that for sure.  

Here's what else I know for sure this week:

  • This video for Avicii's "The Nights" reminds me of JT and what he might be like when he gets older. And I love the song.
(Click here to watch the video.)

  • Track meets are pretty fun. I wish I would have done this in school a million years ago--run a little, talk a lot, people cheering you on. So much fun!
The little brothers cheering on Peyton at his track practice.

  • This movie, Ricki And The Flash, looks so damn good! The cast is simply amazing, I mean Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline together again. Whaaaat?  The best line in this trailer comes from Rick Springfield (yup, Rick Springfield).  He says "it's not their job to love you, it's your job to love them." Waaaaa. It looks so good.

(Click here to watch the video.)

  • When I am stressed out, I eat shredded cheese straight from the bag. Yup.

  • If you get a chance, you should watch the documentary about Kurt Cobain, Montage of Heck. It's trippy and intense, but so interesting.

What do YOU know for sure this week, right now?  Share what you know here or over on my Facebook page.  


  1. What a sweet tribute to your JT <3 (I love the photo of him giving you the rose!)
    Also, track meets are SO fun. I didn't run, but it was the only sport of my brother's that I *never* disliked attending, because there's so much hanging out time.

  2. Happy Birthday to JT. He sound like a SUPER great kid!

    Love you and Angela doing "Cheers"! :D