Thursday, April 19, 2012

Project Life 2012 Week 10

I just got my computer back from the shop today! 2 weeks ago my heart stopped as my computer made a strange clicking noise and then gave me a strange grey screen with a question mark folder. AGH! Anyway, all's well that ends well, right? The computer is back. The pictures are safe (and now COMPLETELY backed up... a couple of times :)

So, now on with my posts!
The first week of March was fun, but not one that I took may pictures of. In fact, all I took were with my cell phone! Oh well, that's a sure sign that life is busy and exciting...

 On Monday, March 5 Bennett's school had an art show, which we always look forward to attending. There are a bunch of really talented kids out at his school (and their teacher is great too!) The best part was that we got to buy the art - framed and everything!

This beautiful hand is Bennett's, with his creative art work in it! Surrounding it are his character traits and all of the things that he likes. Wonderful!

 On Tuesday, March 6 we had a practice game against our former coach's team! It was a great way to get the season started and Bennett got to pitch toward the end of the game. He's been taking lessons for a while, so it was exciting to see his arm in action on the field :)

I love it that at 8 (almost 9!), this child truly believes that he can do anything that he wants to! I mean, why not, right? He loves baseball and he wants to pitch. I don't know how that will work out this season, but I'm gonna stand behind him - okay, well, actually sit in the stands - and cheer him on! And have a heart attack from nerves!

I'm so thankful for his spirit and the opportunity to be his mom... God teaches me about myself as I attempt to shepherd this boy. Amazing!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Project Life 2012 Week 9

February 27 was a big day! Not only did we celebrate Nana's birthday (well, we had the big celebration on Sunday, but she came over on the real day to celebrate too!) but we also had Bennett's Blue Bird Choir concert! He had been practicing for SO long and I couldn't wait to see it all come together!

The theme was 'America' and they sang wonderful songs about our great country. Bennett even had a speaking part in 'Step in Time' which was about all of the branches of our military. He did a great job and didn't speak too quickly :)

The best thing for me was seeing him all dressed up in his tuxedo shirt, bow tie, and cumberbund! 

 Here he is getting all suited up... 

 Here is a 'please smile for me. please. please' smile...

 Can you tell that he's thrilled? Tonight I learned the Bennett LOVES cumberbunds and bow ties ;)

 Oh, but he's so handsome!

Ok, so I didn't get a 'real' Bennett smile tonight. But I did get a glimpse into the future and my heart swelled and skipped a few beats. Wow. He's so cute! Some girl is going to be so lucky to get him one day! (I'm already praying for his future wife - did you know that?)

Ok, so back to the Blue Bird Program! The program was super and I was so proud of all of the hard work that all of the kids (and his teacher!!) did. It was obvious that they prepared AND they also had a good time. I do have to note, however, that Bennett pretty much looked like he was mortified to be on the stage the whole night. And I'm pretty sure that he wasn't nervous. He just didn't like the whole 'dressed-up' attire. I don't think that anyone other than his mommy would have noticed, thankfully :)

So maybe his prom date will be ok with him going casual... maybe? 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Project Life 2012 Week 8

February 22 was Ash Wednesday and Bennett had a schedule conflict... his baseball team had a practice AND he was signed up to be the acolyte at the service that night at church. Now, our stand on baseball is that once we sign up for the team, we will do all that we can to make it to every practice and game scheduled. But, of course, church is always the most important (which is why we play in a league that doesn't have Sunday and Wednesday games!)  

Anyway, I was telling Bennett about this conflict, figuring that he was going to say that I should call Mrs. Kim and tell her that he wouldn't be able to acolyte, but instead he said 'Well, baseball is a lot of fun, but church is more important. I'll just have to tell Coach that I can't make it to practice. I think he'll understand'.  Wow. How can it be that he's only 8 years old and already so smart? :)  In our Sunday School lessons with the boys we had been talking about making the right decision, even when it is the hard decision. And Bennett proved that he was listening! :)

Of course, our Coach agreed that he couldn't argue with that logic, so we headed to church on Wednesday night. The church service was very crowded, but since we were with Bennett, we got to sit right up front. We were the first ones to get the ashes on our foreheads, and the person who put them on was a guest preacher. He looked at Brad's head and said 'Oh! I love bald heads!!' and proceded to put the biggest ash cross I've ever seen! We couldn't help but get tickled about it... 

The Ash Wednesday service is so special - a wonderful way to begin the season of Lent.

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On the 23rd Bennett got a haircut and he looked so handsome! He even let me take his picture in the backyard...
Please note that it is February and Bennett is wearing shorts! It has been really warm here, but even if it is cool, he's a shorts-guy all the way! I was trying to fight it for a little while, but then I decided that I had bigger things to worry about :)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Project Life 2012 Week 7

This week the focus was on Valentine's Day!
Bennett picked out some (who woulda guessed?!?!??!) Star Wars Valentines again this year When we opened them, we realized that there was no way that he would be able to write on them (they were lollipops in plastic wrappers and the place they gave you to write was on the crimped plastic at the top... rip off!)  Anyway, I went to pinterest and found the perfect solution! I printed little cards, he addressed them, and we stapled them to the lollipops. 



 I went to Bennett's school party and loved the loot on his desk. 
 He was so happy :)

 Then, as a special treat for me, he posed for me on a little project I'd been thinking about :)

 I think that the only bribery that I had to use was that he could eat some of these hearts...
He certainly doesn't have 'little boy' hands any more, does he? 
He assured me that I was his only Valentine this year. I know this won't last forever, so I'll take it! I love my boys!