Saturday, January 9, 2021

Liam is thirteen




1. What is your favorite color?pale yellow
2. What is your favorite toy? My computer & 144 hz monitor
3. What is your favorite fruit? Pomegranate
4. What is your favorite tv show? Sherlock
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Sonic's boneless buffalo chicken 
6. What is your favorite outfit? Champion long sleeve shirt, black & white basketball shorts, white Nikes
7. What is your favorite game? Minecraft Hypixel
8. What is your favorite snack? Dill Pickle Lay's Chips
9. What is your favorite animal? Kiwi bird
10. What is your favorite song? Cigarette Daydreams by Cage the Elephant
11. What is your favorite book? The 2nd Candymakers book
12. Who is your best friend? Cameron Matherly
13. What is your favorite cereal? Honey Nut Cheerios
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Go on a walk with Dad
15. What is your favorite drink? Root beer
16. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? my Kindle
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? pumpkin spice muffins
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Westville Pub buffalo chicken wrap
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? politician
21. What is your favorite movie? Dr Strange
22. What is your favorite football team? Saints and LSU

So I guess I have a teenager now? He's all teen, all the time. He hit a growth spurt of about 3 inches in the last 5 months so he's just an inch or two shy of my height. He's sleeping later, starting to have more opinions about he wears, and rocking a tween-stache (which he hates and I will definitely get yelled out if he founds out I wrote that).

Like most boys his age, he is heavily into video games and wants to become a you tuber. His current game of choice is Minecraft, specifically a server called Hypixel. He still cubes occasionally, but with competitions largely going virtual he's lost the motivation to keep it up like he once did. But he has made some good friends as a result of the cubing community, including one local friend who he now plays Minecraft with!

Through the pandemic, he's strengthened some old friendships with his best friends in Florida. He plays video games with them virtually and even got to spend a week with them in person a couple months ago. He started a new school this year (reluctantly), but I think he's liking it. I am thrilled with the change and they've done the best they can with all this virtual craziness. 

Overall, he's doing really well. He's starting to discover who he is and has a newfound love of politics. Granted, what he knows of politics comes from the Trump presidency so let's see if he finds it just as fascinating once he sees how boring it really should be. And let's hope it gets boring again real soon. 


 


Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Livi is ten!























1. What is your favorite color?
 blue!

2. What is your favorite toy? legos!
3. What is your favorite fruit? pineapple! 
4. What is your favorite tv show? All About the Washingtons!
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Chic-fil-a!
6. What is your favorite outfit? Sports pants and a sweatshirt!
7. What is your favorite game? Roblox! 
8. What is your favorite snack? gummies! 
9. What is your favorite animal? otter!
10. What is your favorite song? Call to the Wild (from Zombies 2 movie)!
11. What is your favorite book? Babysitters Club!
12. Who is your best friend? Luya, Lily, Sierra!
13. What is your favorite cereal? Lucky Charms!
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Swim in the pool!
15. What is your favorite drink? Dr Pepper!
16. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas!
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Penny!
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Pumpkins with M&Ms!
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Professional athlete (basketball)!
21. What is your favorite movie? Zombies 2!

Livi is in fourth grade and I think she's really hit her stride. School has never been easy for Livi and it never will be, but now we have a good handle on the way she learns. She's got a great teacher, an amazing math tutor and her IEP. She might not learn well the traditional way, but she sure is brilliant. Her confidence seems to be high and I want to make sure we keep it that way as she navigates middle and high school in the coming years.  She has so much imagination, determination and creativity.

She is always doing some kind of project. There is constantly scissors, glue, cardboard, markers, or [insert crafty item] lying around. She loves to create by painting, coloring, drawing, whatever. She's also really into baking and cooking. She's got the basics down and can make a nice breakfast of scrambled eggs and avocado toast on all her own. She is starting to come up with her own ideas and is learning what flavors go together. 

She's been taking a Silks class for a few months and seems to be enjoying it. It takes a lot of practice and core strength and it's makes my day when I get to see her nail something that she's been practicing on for weeks. She's also doing Girls on the Run again this year for the third time. She loves the fellowship with her other girls and it's the closest thing she has to a team since she's not one for organized sports. I'm a huge fan of the club and hope it leads to more running dates with me. 

The funnest new thing that she is into is houses. She is obsessed with all things "modern". She likes to go on walks to check out the newly constructed houses in the area. Anytime she learns about a celebrity, she looks up their house on google. When she plays Roblox, she is designing and building houses. I think we may have a future designer or architect on our hands. 

She needs her friends. She is so social and needs to belong to a group. She's also very kind and thoughtful. If any of her friends are sad or down, she tries to lift their spirits and this includes her family. She's a shining light that I'm so thankful to have in my life. 








Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Liam is Twelve


1. What is your favorite color? neon pink
2. What is your favorite toy? Xbox
3. What is your favorite fruit? banana
4. What is your favorite tv show? Simpsons
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? buffalo chicken tender
6. What is your favorite outfit? Saints jacket
7. What is your favorite game? Madden 20
8. What is your favorite snack? Flaming hot Cheetos
9. What is your favorite animal? narwhal
10. What is your favorite song? Bare Necessities from Jungle Book
11. What is your favorite book? White Bird
12. Who is your best friend? Cameron Matherly
13. What is your favorite cereal? Apple Cinnamon Cheerios
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play football
15. What is your favorite drink? Rootbeer
16. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? a book
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Toasted waffles
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Blaze pizza
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? I don't know
21. What is your favorite movie? Mulan
22. What is your favorite football team? Saints and LSU

Liam is in sixth grade which means this is his first year of middle school. He rides the school bus most of the time and when he rides with me, he rides in the front seat now. Sixth grade started with some added responsibilities such as packing his own lunch and setting his own reminders so he knows when he needs to leave to catch the bus. He got a phone at the beginning of the school year so he could contact us if anything happens on the way to/from school. It's not a smartphone like he was hoping for, but rather a flip phone very similar to the one I used to have back in the day. He's learned the art of texting using a keypad which I find pretty funny. 

Overall, he is having a fantastic year. He doesn't tell me much which I understand, but most days he is in great spirits and seems to be enjoying the autonomy that middle school brings. 

He is fully into speedcubing and has been in 3 competitions despite starting the hobby last April. Right now, he can competently solve a 3x3, 2x2, pyraminx, and megaminx. He has a 4x4, but he's working on his speed for that one. 

We attempted fall baseball this year, but Liam ended up breaking his finger and it really messed with his head. He's worried about getting injured again and has opted into flag football for the Spring which he hasn't done before outside of pickup games. But he does love himself some football. 

Lately, he's been really into politics. It's not a great time to be into politics with all the weirdness that is going on, but I am proud of him for staying informed and asking questions. He is hoping Amy Klobuchar wins the Democratic nominee spot.

He's so so sweet and kind and cuddly and I love him so so much.






Friday, March 1, 2019

Livi is Nine!


1. What is your favorite color? blue
2. What is your favorite toy? LOL doll
3. What is your favorite fruit? pineapple and mango 
4. What is your favorite tv show? Bunked
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Chic-fil-a
6. What is your favorite outfit? "Obviously, this one" (she's wearing a sushi shirt and camouflage pants that do not remotely go together)
7. What is your favorite game? Roblox
8. What is your favorite snack? salt and vinegar chips 
9. What is your favorite animal? dolphin and parrot
10. What is your favorite song? 7 rings by Arianna Grande
11. What is your favorite book? Babysitters Club
12. Who is your best friend? Luya
13. What is your favorite cereal? Lucky Charms
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Go on the swings
15. What is your favorite drink? Coke
16. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Penny and Rigby
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Toast with butter
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Scientist
21. What is your favorite movie? Spiderman, into the Spiderverse




Friday, December 28, 2018

Liam is Eleven


































1. What is your favorite color? neon pink
2. What is your favorite toy? Xbox
3. What is your favorite fruit? mango
4. What is your favorite tv show? Stranger Things
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? chicken tender with fries and honey mustard
6. What is your favorite outfit? Saints jacket
7. What is your favorite game? Fortnite
8. What is your favorite snack? Salt and vinegar chips
9. What is your favorite animal? pigs
10. What is your favorite song? Bow down by Slushi
11. What is your favorite book? Refugee by Alan Gratz
12. Who is your best friend? Hayden, Sophia, Kai, Xander, Jude
13. What is your favorite cereal? Apple Cinnamon Cheerios
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play football with daddy
15. What is your favorite drink? Lemonade with Sprite
16. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? a book
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Banana ice cream
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Poke bowl
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Professional gamer
21. What is your favorite movie? Dunkirk
22. What is your favorite football team? Saints and LSU


Liam had a couple of rocky years, I’m not gonna lie. Actually, scratch that. I’ve had a rough couple of years learning and understanding how to best parent him. He’s taught me so much. Mostly, how to be patient and how to stop and really empathize. He’s so book smart that I tend to assume that means his emotional intelligence must be up there too. Turns out, they don’t go hand in hand. We still have some things to work through, but he's come a long way and I am so proud of him. He’s one of the sweetest kids I know. Even as a fifth grader, he will hug me every time he sees me. Even if it's the middle of the school day. 

He and his dad have always had a bond but it’s really grown this year mostly due to... dare I say it... football. He’s an avid Saints fan but will watch just about any game with Chris and be in heaven. He reads about as often as he breathes. He can’t get enough. We visit the library weekly and leave with a stack of about 15 books each time.  He's often seen rotating between 3 or 4 books at once. 

He's really into Greek mythology right now, as well as Fortnite, EDM, and nerf guns. This is his last year of elementary school which means we will be touring the different options for middle schools in the new year, but he'll likely end up at Asheville Middle where most of his friends are going. 





Sunday, February 18, 2018

Livi is Eight



Looking back on past birthday posts today and not much has changed. Themes such as tactile learning, love of dance, and kindness still ring true. Her compassion for animals and others is still one of her most endearing qualities. The other day she asked me to buy a stress ball and when I asked why she described a boy in her class that has trouble with dealing with his anger and she thought it would be good for him. The other day her teacher described a situation where another girl was being ugly to Livi and continued to tell me how mature Livi was in handling it. By the end of the hour, they were giggling friends. As she says “how can anyone not want to be friends with Livi?”.  She sees the best in everyone. 

Lately, she’s been really into cooking. She loves to help in the kitchen and when she’s not watching pre-teen sitcoms, she is watching cooking shows and competitions. She’s also been taking hip hop lessons once a week and really enjoys it. She’s totally uninterested in sports but does seem to understand the value of exercising and being strong. 

She has been taking coding class at school. Although I would love to see her grow in that area, she doesn’t seem too interested in it. This is also her first year learning violin in the after care program which some days she loves and some days she hates. I’m noticing anything with a strong structure to it is something she shies away from. But I recognize it’s still good for her so she continues. As long as her friends are involved, she’s happy. 

She's a lovely, little lady with a lot of love to give. She's kind, tough, creative and kinda brilliant. I love you, sweet Livi Lu.

1. What is your favorite color? blue
2. What is your favorite toy? American girl doll
3. What is your favorite fruit? strawberries
4. What is your favorite tv show? Jesse
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Chic-fil-a
6. What is your favorite outfit? My Valentine's outfit 
7. What is your favorite game? Gymnastics app
8. What is your favorite snack? candy
9. What is your favorite animal? Otter
10. What is your favorite song? Run the World (girls) by Beyonce
11. What is your favorite book? The Babysitters Club
12. Who is your best friend? Sierra
13. What is your favorite cereal? Lucky Charms
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play in the pool
15. What is your favorite drink? Slushie
16. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Rigby and Penny
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Pancakes
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Helping pets if they are sick
21. What is your favorite movie? Captain Underpants




Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Liam is Ten


Double digits. How did we get here? I'm not sure, but it's clear that Liam is growing up. He is straddling the two worlds of "I don't need you" and "Can you walk with me to the bathroom?".  He's also trying to deal with some big emotions which seem to be the only kinds of emotions he knows how to have. I know this will serve him well once he learns how to navigate them. For now, it feels a little like walking on egg shells. But when he loves, he loves BIG and he makes you feel like the most important person in the world. 

His friends are so important to him. He’s a social butterfly and he’s made friends here quickly, even though he misses his old ones terribly.  He started robotics club this year and has his first competition next month. He’s taking an extracurricular coding class before school once a week and will gladly inform you that he is farther along than anyone else in his lessons. 

He loves to read. Graphic novels are his favorite and if you want to make him happy, just tell him you are taking him to the library after school. 

His latest obsession is magic. We can’t remember how exactly he got into it, but you can almost always find him with cards in his hand. He’s into card and coin tricks and loves watching the work of Penn and Teller and Shin Lim. He has an Instagram account where he posts his tricks and has a lofty goal of getting a booth at one of the largest art festivals here to perform his magic. He attends magic club once a month at a tiny magic store just outside of Asheville where he sits for 3-4 hours trading secrets with mostly grown magicians that he looks up to. 

The boy has my heart. Sometimes I wonder if he knows it. But I love him more than I can describe. He’s not a baby anymore but he’ll always be my baby. 

1. What is your favorite color? neon pink
2. What is your favorite toy? deck of cards
3. What is your favorite fruit? apple with cinnamon
4. What is your favorite tv show? Troll Hunters
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? hummus pack with pretzels
6. What is your favorite outfit? basketball shorts and NASA sweater
7. What is your favorite game? Roblox
8. What is your favorite snack? any type of chips
9. What is your favorite animal? Road runner
10. What is your favorite song? Rolex by Ayo and Teo
11. What is your favorite book? Prisoner of War
12. Who is your best friend? Kai
13. What is your favorite cereal? Lucky Charms 
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Ride my bike
15. What is your favorite drink? Root beer
16. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? a book
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Bacon and sausage
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Hibachi
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Magician
21. What is your favorite movie? Rogue One until we see Last Jedi
22. What is your favorite football team? Saints and LSU